You Decide: How Many Dining Chairs you should buy, and why.

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Deciding how many dining chairs to purchase can be a really frustrating situation, because there are so many ways to spin it. Go Big? Go Basic? and how do you store the extras?

For Example: Let’s say you have 4 people in your household.

…So that’s 4 chairs.

But your table seats 6, and you sometimes entertain….

And perhaps the table has an extension, allowing you to seat up to 8 ….because you do have that one big holiday each year.

So do you play it safe and get 8? Meet in the middle with 6? Or just save a bit and get the 4 you really need?

Ideally, you always go big.Calligaris

The fullest set, no matter the size, is always ideal; because the look of a full dining set is simply impossible to beat.

Of course, going with this option requires you to actually have enough storage for the additional chairs. Whether that’s 2 extra, or 20 extra, it does require some square feetsies that not everyone possesses.


Below are a few of options for achieving optimum seating, within the constraints of your home (whatever those constraints may be for you):

Consider getting chairs that stack. Nowadays there are so many options for stackable chairs that it wouldn’t be out of the question to do a full set of stackable chairs, and simply tuck them away when they aren’t needed (it only takes the square footage of one chair, after all!)
Other option: Purchase stackable chairs exclusively for the seating that gets stowed away and just make sure they are complimentary to the aesthetic of your full-time set.

Masters by Kartell

Masters by Kartell

Consider (don’t gasp) folding chairs. As with the stackable chairs, there are so many upgraded options these days that aren’t, well, this:


Brands like Calligaris (aka Connubia) now offer truly modern styles that even come with a hook (a hook!), for easy storage.

Skip by Connubia
Skip by Connubia

Get creative and stick with the originals. If you only have a couple extra dining chairs to store, you can always spread them through the house. Use them in the entryway next to a console, or tucked into corners of the living room. They make for great extra seating, in any room (I even keep one in my bedroom to throw clean laundry on… which is something that occurs with intense frequency).


Whatever you choose (or whatever you need help with choosing) the friendly staff at Hip is always here to help.
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