Dining room chair styles come in such a wide variety. Today I thought I’d discuss six of the most popular styles. When I’m out shopping for clothes, it helps me to know what the various styles are called. Take jeans for example. Do I want skinny-cut, boot-cut, low-rise or mid-rise? And what about shoes? Am I looking for ballet flats, pumps, espadrilles or wedges? If I know the name of the type of jeans or shoes, it makes it easier to find what I’m looking for. The same goes for furniture. If you’re in the market for new dining room chairs, do you know what the name of the style is that you want? In today’s post, I’ve chosen six classic styles that are very popular.
Dining Room Chair Styles
The Parsons chair isn’t named after clergy. It was named after the place where it was invented, the Parsons School of Design founded in Paris in 1921 by Frank Alvah Parsons. It’s almost always made of hardwood and features a slightly curved, squared backrest and legs. It’s usually covered with a slipcover that goes over the entire chair including the legs. Parsons chairs are very popular because they easily work with any decor from traditional to modern depending on the fabric and style of the slipcover used.
Windsor Arm Chair
A Windsor is a wooden chair with a back that is made of plain or turned spindles. The back spindles and legs are pushed into drilled holes in the seat. The seats are usually shaped like a saddle or formed into a shallow dish for comfort. There are seven different styles of Windsor chairs. The one shown below is called a sack-back. Windsor chairs are one of the classic styles.
Rush Seat with Ladder Back
Rush seats are made by weaving twisted stems of marsh grass known as rush, a durable and resilient reed. The back of the chair has horizontal rails or slats that resemble a ladder. They are comfortable and offer lots of character. These chairs can take on a modern look if you paint the frame a bright color.
French Oval-Back Side Chair
The French oval-back side chair is a Louis XVI style that is simple and elegant. The chair legs resemble Roman columns and is sometimes seen with arms. It’s a very versatile style. By changing up the upholstery and the color of the frame, it mixes well with almost any type of decor.
This streamlined shape is made of molded plywood and has chrome legs. It’s modern simplicity at its best. It looks fabulous at home in a modern decor or create a unique contrast by pairing it up with an old farmhouse table.
Hourglass Wing Chair
The hourglass wing chair is named for its cinched waist and curvy, wing-like shoulders. Its strong lines are accented when covered in a plush fabric. This chair works beautifully as a host chair and brings an element of sophistication to any setting.
Do you have a favorite chair style? What styles do you like to mix in your dining room?