What Features Should I Look for in a Leather Dining Chair?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
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Accentuating a dining space with a leather dining chair or a set of leather dining chairs is an excellent idea for a professional or upscale look. It is important to remember, however, that not all leather dining chair models are the same; you will need to consider the grade and tone of leather, the type of wood used for the frame of the chair, and the overall construction of the chair to find the best one for you. High-grade leather chairs will tend to cost more than other models, but the investment may be well worth the money for some buyers.

A high-grade leather dining chair will feature leather without imperfections, cracks, or striations. The leather is likely to be thicker and less yielding than lower grade leathers as well, and the break-in time will be longer. The leather will, however, be much more durable than poorer leathers, and the aesthetics of the leather will only improve as the leather ages. Lower-grade leathers are not necessarily unattractive, but they are likely to feature imperfections, and they may not wear as well as high-grade leathers. A lower-grade leather dining chair may also end up cracking, splitting, or otherwise tearing after repeated use.

You will need to consider your aesthetic desires in relation to your budget for the chairs when choosing the best models for you. Many chairs come in sets, which will end up costing you more at first, but buying separately will almost always end up costing you more in the long run. If you will eventually be buying more than one leather dining chair, consider buying a set instead to save you money overall.

The design of the chair that is best for you is largely a matter of preference, but you should consider the look of the chair in relation to the other furniture in the room. Take special note of the color and shape of the dining room table, and try to choose chairs that will feature similar lines and a similar color. You can also choose a leather tone that is complementary to the table instead of similar to it. Of course, you will want to make sure the design you choose is also comfortable for sitting. The seat of the leather dining chair should be cushioned appropriately, and the seat back may even be cushioned as well for added comfort.

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