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3 Factors To Consider When Choosing Fabric For Dining Room Chairs

by Michelle West

Sitting down with your family to eat and enjoy each other's company should be an important part of the day. Unfortunately, without the right table and chairs, dining together with the family can become chaotic and uncomfortable. Thankfully, you can design functional, stylish, and comfortable chairs that align with the style of your dining table and your family's needs. Here are a few factors to consider when choosing fabric for your dining room chairs.

Formal or Casual

One of the first factors you should consider is whether your dining room is more formal or casual, especially since certain fabrics may not work best in certain rooms. For example, a cotton fabric in a gingham print may not be an ideal choice for a luxurious formal dining room. On the other hand, dupioni silk would not be the best option for a dining set in a breakfast nook.

In a more formal dining room, opt for solid colors in most cases, which will blend well with drapes and other formal décor. Prints, such as florals, plaids, and even stripes, could work if you choose the right colors. However, printed furniture upholstery would work best in more casual spaces, such as an eat-in kitchen dining room or a breakfast nook.

Chair and Table Style

The style of the actual dining chair and table should also be a factor to consider when choosing the upholstery. Unless you want to create an eccentric design, avoid using modern fabrics and colors on an antique chair. Also, antique patterns and fabrics may not look best on a modern or contemporary style of chair.

For antique furniture pieces, opt for floral, tapestry, velvet, or even silk upholstery for the chairs, which work well on chairs built in the past time periods. Bright colors and bold patterns can work well on more modern design chairs if you are hoping for a more contemporary dining space.

Ease of Maintenance

Finally, the ease of cleaning and maintenance should also be taken into consideration when choosing fabric for your dining chairs. Remember that you will be eating and drinking food and beverages, so there is a high risk of crumbs, spots, and stains. In addition, the risk of spots and stains will be even higher if you have children in the home.

Microfiber is a good option because it withstands heavy abuse well and is easy to clean. Remember that velvet must be cleaned immediately, so it can be difficult to keep spot and stain free. Tweed can also be a great option because the fabric hides spots and stains well.

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