Dining Chairs Buyers Guide

Most people think dining chairs only belong in the dining room, but there are several different reasons why dining chairs could also be found in a kitchen, study or conservatory. For example, many people often eat their meals (especially breakfast) in the kitchen, so the kitchen would benefit from having its own table and chairs. Furthermore, extra chairs come in handy for social events like large dinner parties. Therefore, the extra chairs could be kept in the kitchen when not in use. They might be largely decorative, or they could be functional pieces, it's up to you! 

Dining Chair Height And Width

Chairs and chair arms should be able to slide under your dining table with ease, but they also must have comfortable lap and leg room when guests are sitting in them. Most dining tables are about 30 inch high. Chair height is generally 18 inch (from the floor to the seat). 

The average dining chair width is 16-20 inches. If dining chairs are placed right next to each other with no space between them, people will bump elbows when eating. Because of that, add 6 inches to each chair's width to accommodate the spaces between them. You'll also want to make sure there is enough room behind your dining chairs for people to slide out easily. 



  • Allow 12 inches between the seat of your chair and your tabletop
  • Leave 7 inches between the chair arm and the bottom or apron of the table 
  • Provide each guest 24-30 inches at the dining table
  • For rectangular tables, add an extra 12 inches at each end for those seated at the head and foot of the table
  • Allow for at least 36 inches between the dining table and any walls or other furniture