Your dining room is a major part of your home. You’ll host parties and get-togethers, enjoy family dinners, and more at your dining room table. However, everyone has different needs for their dining room seating, so in addition to choosing what you like, it’s important to be practical in your decision.

Keep reading to learn some of the criteria to consider before choosing your dining room seating so that you can make the most of your space.

1. Available Space

While it would be nice to have a spacious dining room with a massive table and chairs to fit the whole neighborhood, not many people have the space to accommodate this dream. Instead, finding the right seating for your dining room primarily depends on the level of space you have available, which is determined by your room size and table type.

For countertop-style dining tables that make the most of a smaller space, bar stools can be a great way to add low-profile seating. Guests can pull them out from under the table when needed, and you can keep them hidden away to preserve room when not in use.

If you have a centralized table, you have more options for the type of seating to use. Anything from picnic table-style benches to grand chairs with upholstery and high backs can be used effectively. It just depends on what you think looks good!

2. Number of Guests

How many people are usually sitting at your table? Depending on how large your table is and how many guests you’re entertaining regularly, you’ll need to choose chairs that will fit comfortably within your space, but leave enough room to fit everyone.

If you’re on a budget, it may be worthwhile to invest in cheaper seating that allows you to accommodate your guests at all times. Most people won’t complain where they sit as long as they have a chair to sit in!

3. Seat Size

Have you ever sat at a table that was too high or too low for your chair? At that point, seating quickly loses its purpose and it becomes much harder to relax. The size of your chairs – the height, back height, and overall sitting space – all play a role in how comfortably they can be used.

Ensure your seats are wide enough to provide 6 inches of clearance on each side of the guest, which will allow it to support even larger sitters. But, they don’t need to be so large that 2 guests can fit in them – plus, you’ll quickly run out of table room. 

For standard, non-stool chairs, they should also have a back that allows the users to lean back comfortably. If a guest’s shoulder blades are over the back of the chair, it is not going to be comfortable.

Finally, make sure the chair is not too high that the arms cannot fit under the table. You should be able to bring the seat closer to the table to eat without worrying about your fingers being pinched.

4. Child Safety Concerns

If you have small children (or children that visit often), the safety of your seating becomes more important. High stools and chairs become a falling hazard if they are not large enough, and chairs with open backs pose a danger of fingers getting caught or things falling out the back of the chair. Taller chairs with thinner bases are also easier to knock over, which can be a disaster if a child leans the wrong way. For child safety, shorter, full-backed, and wide-based seats are best.

Upgrade Your Dining Area Today with Brescia Furniture

If you’re ready to bring something new to your dining room, Brescia Furniture has something for you. Offering a wide selection of dining room furniture, including chairs, and dining table Sydney, there is something for every style and budget. From high-backs to barstools and more, they make it easy to add some extra style to your seating.


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