If you choose dining chairs with arms, you’ll want the top edges of the arms not to touch the tabletop or the table’s apron. Besides potentially damaging the arms of the seat, it would make for an uncomfortable dining experience.
When selecting chairs for dining tables, consider the difference between the height of the chair’s back and that of the table. The back of the dining chair should be higher than the tabletop. For low-back dining chairs, allow for a height difference of at least two inches. This prevents the chairs from looking overly squatty.
Check for Comfort and Quality
Measurements can be perfect, but if a chair is uncomfortable or made with poor-quality materials, there’s no point in having it.
If you’re shopping for chairs for dining tables in person, test them out by sitting on them and pulling yourself forward, leaning back, and shifting your weight. You can further assess a chair’s quality by moving them around. A good quality chair will not sway or give away in the back, arms, or legs.
Online purchasers won’t be able to test a chair out in person. Reviews are a helpful tool to check a chair's quality and potential comfortability. Look out for reviews that mention flaws or feature a long-term use perspective. Do your research on the chair manufacturer. If they are a trusted business that’s well-regarded, you’re more likely to purchase a quality chair.
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