Wrought Iron Side Chair Resource Center
What is a Side Chair?
A side chair is a chair with a straight back and no arms. It can have an upholstered seat and/or back but the frame itself is usually bare and may be made of wood or metal.
What height side chair should I choose?
Dining tables are generally 28 to 30" high, requiring chairs with seats measuring 15 to 18" from the floor. Side chairs for both cafe and dining tables meet that range, allowing for 10 to 13" between the seat and the table.
How do I know how many chairs will fit at my dining table?
To figure out how many side chairs will fit comfortably around your dining table, allow for 28 to 32" of space for each person. Here are two tips for general spacing of side chairs:
- Allow 24 to 28" for the chair width (armless)
- A minimum of 4 to 6" is required between chairs
What materials are your side chairs made of?
Nearly all chairs offered by Timeless Wrought Iron will have hand-forged iron or mild steel frames and bases, but seats and backrests are offered in other high-quality materials including:
- Real Leather
- Faux Leather
What iron finishes can I specify?
Finish options are listed in the Specifications section for each item. A few of the finishes we offer are:
- Textured Black
- Oil Rubbed Bronze
- Etched Silver
- Woodland Brown
- Hand Rubbed Ivory
- Antique Gold
How do I care for my wrought-iron side chairs?
We recommend regular dusting or buffing with a soft, lint-free cloth. For the occasional spill or drip, warm soapy water will work well (rinse and dry with a soft cloth.) Furniture wax may be used periodically to maintain the metal's finish. Upholstery, both leather and fabric, should be cared for as you would any fine cloth or leather.
More online resources with tips and ideas for choosing dining room side chairs:
Here are a couple of the many idea-filled posts just waiting to be explored on our Artisan Iron Furnishings & Decor blog:
For more detailed information on buying side chairs and other dining room furniture please see our Dining Chair Buying Guide by clicking here. You'll find lots of clever ideas and points to consider before choosing your new side chairs.
"How to Buy Side Chairs"
About.com's interior decorating expert Lauren Flanagan gives lots of helpful information about shopping for side chairs. You'll want to check out this article.
"Dining Room Design Ideas: Mixed Seating"
Kris, from Driven by Decor blog, shares secrets to successfully mixing seating around a dining table and why you might want to.
Our Artisan Iron Furnishing blog also has lots of interesting side chair information:
"Seating Ideas & Tips for Round Dining Tables"
Round dining tables offer the opportunity to use side chairs in virtually any style. We love the way round tables promote conversation, conviviality, and companionship. For your inspiration, we're sharing "Seating Ideas & Tips for Round Dining Tables".
"10 Clever Banquette + Side Chair Ideas & Tips"
No seating combination is as elegant and stylish as a banquette and side chairs. From contemporary to coastal and modern to Victorian, you'll surely be fascinated by the rooms in "10 Clever Banquette + Side Chair Ideas & Tips".