3 Must-Know Tips for Using Nontraditional Seating in your Dining Room

One of the biggest trends in dining room decor right now is to use nontraditional seating like comfortable wing-back chairs. We love this look for many reasons—it’s something different from your average dining room, it’s a great way to save money on providing extra seating for guests, it’s friendlier on our bottoms—we could go on forever! Before going with unconventional seats, there are three must-know tips you should take note of. Check them out:

Tip #1: Round Pedestal Tables Work Better

Whether you’re thinking about stools, benches, or banquette seating, it’s best to use a round pedestal table with unconventional seats. This allows for freer elbow room, plus those pesky corner table legs won’t get in the way. If you would rather go with a square table, it can still work so long as has pedestals.

Banquet Seating -  Dining Room Decor

Fabricut Fabric - Ross River - Ebony 3425401
Fabricut Fabric – Ross River – Ebony
Fabricut Fabric - Pool Deck - Ebony 2104707
Fabricut Fabric – Pool Deck – Ebony
Scalamandre Fabric - Zebra - Black and White 16449-001
Scalamandre Fabric – Zebra – Black and White
Fabricut Fabric - Brother - Coral 3404514
Fabricut Fabric – Brother – Coral
Greenhouse Fabric - 99538 - Ash
Greenhouse Fabric – 99538 – Ash
Duralee Fabric - 32061-15 Grey
Duralee Fabric – 32061-15 Grey

Unconventional Seating Club Chairs Dining Room Decor

Stout Fabric - Dianthus 2 - Spice DIAN-2
Stout Fabric – Dianthus 2 – Spice DIAN-2
Greenhouse Fabric - 74163 - Pool
Greenhouse Fabric – 74163 – Pool
Fabricut Fabric - Bethlehem - Walnut 3697902
Fabricut Fabric – Bethlehem – Walnut

Tip #2: Know Your Measurements!

The most important thing to do before incorporating nontraditional seating into your dining room is to measure, measure, measure! Know that dining chairs are around 18 inches high from seat to floor, and that it’s best to measure your table height before choosing chairs.  The average width you should allow for a guest with a traditional dining chair is 24 inches, whereas with club chairs, you should allow about 36 inches or more. Figure out your needs before taking the plunge (How many guests do you need to fit at the table? What is the table height? Etc.) and measure carefully so that you can get the maximum amount of people in the space while still maintaining comfort. If you want to fit several guests, try using unconventional seating just at the head of the table.

Club Chairs in Dining Room Decor HolidaysChristina Aguilera’s Dining Room

Lee Jofa Fabric - Rosamor Strie Teal 2010117-53
Lee Jofa Fabric – Rosamor Strie Teal
Fabricut Fabric - Topaz - Teal 1018322
Fabricut Fabric – Topaz – Teal 1018322
Stroheim & Romann Wallpaper - La Mistral II - Cherry 2684E-S03506041602
Stroheim & Romann Wallpaper – La Mistral II – Cherry
Vervain Fabric - Elysee On Linen - Valentine 0561903
Vervain Fabric – Elysee On Linen – Valentine 0561903

wingback chairs in contemporary dining room decor

Schumacher Wallpaper - Shijin Silk - Silver 5002300Schumacher Wallpaper - Shijin Silk - Silver 5002300
Schumacher Wallpaper – Shijin Silk – Silver 5002300
Schumacher Fabric - New York New York - Black White 2643410
Schumacher Fabric – New York New York – Black White
Highland Court Fabric - 190023H-375 Noir
Highland Court Fabric – 190023H-375 Noir
Greenhouse Fabric - 203252S - Celebrity
Greenhouse Fabric – 203252S – Celebrity

Tip #3: Choose Comfortable Yet Firm Seat Cushions

Now that you know what height your chairs should be, make sure that you choose the right cushion seating. Many club chairs come with extremely soft, pillowy cushions, which are super comfortable, but when you sit down in them, you sink several inches. If you want to ensure that your chin doesn’t hit the tabletop, choose seats with firm, yet comfortable cushions that don’t give too much when sat in.

Modern-Dining-Room-with-Green-Wallpaper-and-Bench-Seats

Kravet Fabric - 30787-3535
Kravet Fabric – 30787-3535
Greenhouse Fabric - 10120 - Spa
Greenhouse Fabric – 10120 – Spa
Schumacher Fabric - Chinois Palais - Lettuce 175040
Schumacher Fabric – Chinois Palais – Lettuce

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