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.
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.
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.
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