20 Upstanding Upholstered Dining Chairs

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Images: (1) Wisteria, (2) Room & Board, (3) Room & Board, (4) DWR, (5) IKEA, (6) West Elm, (7) West Elm

There’s something so inviting about upholstered chairs pulled up to the dining room table. Whether you’re looking for a pair of host chairs to sit at either end of your table or a full set, below are 20 fantastic options.

  1. A Louis XVI chair, all done up in a striking royal blue.
  2. This upholstered dining chair comes stocked in charcoal, but you can choose from five additional colors at no extra charge, like the lovely rust color shown above.
  3. Clean lines and architectural presence, available in your choice of four finishes and various fabric options.
  4. A reissued Milo Baughman design, with plenty of fabrics and colors to choose from (though the green is clearly the happiest color).
  5. Sure, there are more sedate slipcover options available, but why not have a little fun with it? Especially at such an affordable price.
  6. I wish the striped option were still in stock, but the Sand Stone (beige) and Iron (charcoal gray) options are both nice as well.
  7. A slight swooping back and sturdy legs give this upholstered dining chair a lovely line.

20 Upstanding Upholstered Dining Chairs

Images: (8) Horchow, (9) IKEA, (10) DWR, (11) CB2, (12) DWR, (13) Ballard Designs

  1. Luxe stripes swoop down the curves of this chair, but it’s also available in an aqua velvet.
  2. Simple, clean lines and a boxy shape all come at an affordable price.
  3. A classic by Saarinen (you know his tulip table, if not this chair), available in a variety of poppy colors.
  4. A tailored silhouette sits atop shiny, slender legs for a streamlined, modern look.
  5. The padded version of the Eames’ fiberglass shell chair is available again, for all you mid-century-modern lovers.
  6. I’ll admit it, I chose the striped fabric for this upholstered dining chair because it reminds me of a reupholstered antique sofa I own, but you can choose from dozens of other fabrics as well.

20 Upstanding Upholstered Dining Chairs

Images: (14) Horchow, (15) Room & Board, (16) Crate & Barrel, (17) Jayson Home, (18) IKEA, (19) Pottery Barn, (20) West Elm

  1. Well, isn’t that cutout clever? They also have a reverse cutout option available.
  2. An armchair, or armless? This comes in a cherry, walnut, or charcoal finish. And with fabric? This chair can be customized to meet your wants and needs.
  3. Good proportions and a gentle, graceful curve to the back.
  4. Oh, chair of my dreams. How I long to get you into my life.
  5. A surprising and fairly new offering from the ubiquitous big-box Swedish store.
  6. A feminine option available in light neutral linen, brushed canvas, or ultra suede.
  7. Such a charming update to a classic mid-century-modern silhouette.

Which upholstered dining chair would you choose? I have a clear favorite (Deeda, number 17 above), but twist my arm and I would be happy to live with several others!


  1. I’m in the business of chairs too and I love a good upholstered dining chair. Great selection Nicole.

  2. These are all very interesting options. I really love #7 for my limited-space dining area. Thanks, Nicole!

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