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Style Board: Cottage Dining Chairs

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Cottage Home Dining Chairs

Looking for new dining room chairs?  Look no further!  We have hand selected dozens of cottage dining chairs that stand up to our rigorous standards for the “perfect” dining chair, based on color options, comfort, quality and style.  The dining room is a place for gathering family and friends, and you want that space to be comfortable while also reflecting your personal style.  Chairs are a perfect way to infuse an accent color or an interesting shape to make this space truly yours!  What’s your favorite cottage dining chair style?

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Dining Chairs: Think Outside The Set

Dining Chairs: Think Outside The Box

Your dining room is probably the most popular room in the house during the holidays when families and friends gather around the table for festive feasts.  And, if you are planning on doing some dining room redecorating, now is the time to think out of the set.  The traditional dining room table and chairs ‘matched set’ is giving way to a more creative ‘mix-and-match’ approach.

Maine Ladderback Arm Chair - Sunrise Double X-Back Chair - Pear Summer House Elizabeth Parson's Chair Peyton Dining Chair Twig Dining ChairNantucket Wicker Cafe Chair

In everything from fashion to home decorating, the emphasis today is on reflecting your own personality and lifestyle.  Throw out the old rules!  Experiment!  Play around!  Find a style that is uniquely you.

In July, we talked about farmhouse tables—the ‘must have’ for cottage-style country furnishings.  Now, it’s time to talk about chairs.  Of course, the first consideration is the size of your dining area and how many people you want to seat.  Do you choose a table with extensions to expand seating capacity for special occasions?  And what about extra chairs or seating for all those guests?

The first thing to remember is that not all chairs need to look alike.  You can combine styles and colors in a harmonious blend.  Painted chairs can brighten a room with easy-to-care-for finishes. If you are using painted wood chairs as your primary seating or as an accent – don’t overdo.  Select one or two colors that blend and work well with your overall décor.

Barn Wood Table with Two Color Windsor ChairsYou can also mix and match seating styles.  How about upholstered chairs for the head and foot of the table, matched with wood chairs along the sides?  There are countless chair styles available that can harmonize to create a distinctive decor.  One of the most popular is the country-style Windsor chair, which originated in Britain and quickly became a staple of American dining room furnishings. Some with arms and some without—some simple and others more ornate—there are numerous variations on the Windsor theme with a Colonial motif.

Barn Wood Table with Ladderback and Parsons ChairsAnother popular choice is the ladderback chair, a simple and more compact style, often with rush or cane seating.  There are also fanbacks, ryebacks, wheatbacks and open backs.  For a more rustic décor, there are twig chairs or wicker chairs. The list goes on.  There are authentic antiques and affordable reproductions made to look like antiques.  When not in use around the dining room table, these chairs can also serve as accent pieces throughout the home.

If extra seating is your goal – consider the bench.  A bench can be used either on one side or on both sides of the table, and can tuck neatly under the table when not in use.   The bench dates back to medieval times when all the inhabitants of the castle crowded around the table on hard wooden benches.  Today, the bench has achieved new status as a flexible and decorative approach to cottage-style seating. 

Barn Wood Table with Bench

Mix-and-match also applies to today’s most creative table-top settings where not everything needs to look alike.  Use old family china, napkins, serving pieces and silverware to make each place setting a unique collage of family memories. 

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FAQ’s: Farmhouse Tables

FAQ's: Farmhouse Tables

Farmhouse Tables FAQs

The 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Farmhouse Tables

1. What size farmhouse table do I need?

The best dining table size for you depends on the number of people you want to accommodate, and the size of the room/area you have to work with.

Rectangular Tables (36″ – 42″ wide)

# of people seats comfortably workable
4 4ft  
6 6ft 5ft
8 8ft 7ft
10 10ft 9ft


Round Tables

# of people seats comfortably workable
4 48”R 42”R
6 60”R 54”R
8 72”R 66”R


Extensions can be added when additional seating is needed.

To determine the maximum table size for a room, it is best to plan a clearance of 36” around the table for chairs.  The minimum clearance is 27”, but this can feel tight.  For banquette applications, you should consider either a trestle or pedestal table to avoid seating interference with a table leg.

For additional information, please see our Dining Table Seating Guide.

2. What kind of wood is used to make a farmhouse table?

Farmhouse tables can be made out of a wide variety of woods.  The most popular are pine, old reclaimed pine, and cherry.  Final selection is usually a balance between appearance, durability, and cost.  Many people are concerned with the hardness of the wood as softer wood can be more susceptible to dings.  However, the harder the wood, the higher the cost – therefore, distressed tables have become increasingly popular.

A rough guide to the hardness of different woods:

New Pine 350-400
Poplar 550-600
Old Pine 650-700
Cherry 900-950
Maple 900-950
Oak 1250-1300


3. What is the most durable finish for the top of a farmhouse table?

Water Glass Test on Farmhouse TableA stained or painted finish with a clear top coat is the toughest, and most durable, surface for a farmhouse table top.  Water marks take longer to form, and, since most clear coats are water-based varnish, water marks will usually disappear when they dry.  The disadvantage to this finish is, if the surface is scratched, it will require professional repair to fix the damage.  Of course, if the table top is distressed to begin with, minor marks just increase the character of the table top and do not stand out.

Higher quality finishes usually include several coats of clear finish, and can be ordered with a lower gloss satin sheen, which looks great on a farmhouse table.

Regardless of the final finish, place mats, coasters, and hot pads are recommended for a wood table top to keep from creating water or heat marks on the surface.

4. Should I buy extensions for my farmhouse table?

Extensions are usually available for farmhouse tables, either center extensions or company board extensions, which designed to be inserted in the ends of the table.  To maintain to look of the long planks used to make traditional farmhouse tables, and to avoid a split in the table, company boards are the preferred extension option.

If extra seating is only needed once or twice a year, you may want to consider using spare tables to accommodate guests instead of investing in extensions. If you plan on entertaining often, extensions increase the size of your farmhouse table by 3ft, providing seating for everyone at the same table.

Farmhouse Table FAQs | Company Board Extensions

5. How do I care for my farmhouse table?

Place mats, coasters, and hot pads are recommended for daily use of a wood farmhouse table to keep from creating water or heat marks on the surface of the table top.

The top of your table is relatively easy to maintain.  Spills of cold liquids (juice, sodas, etc.) can be easily wiped with a damp cloth.  DO NOT USE HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS (Pledge, 409, etc.) on any wood farmhouse table top.   USE ONLY a damp cloth.  This is all you should have to use for the daily maintenance of your table.

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