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Six Of The Best: Dining Chairs For Any Budget

21/12/2010 18:32 | Updated 22 May 2015
Choosing a dining table and choosing your dining chairs can be two different matters. Gone are the days when the two automatically came together – and matched. Now it's the same chair but in six different colours; six different chairs all contrasting with the table; each individually upholstered; plastic reproductions of vintage classics – the choices are endless. We've trawled the market and come up with six of the best options out there, from modest but fabulous to blow the budget. All you have to do is decide how to put them together:
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Six of the best: Dining chairs for any budget

Simple, stylish, affordable and goes with everything. The ultimate utility player.

Erland chair, £39 at Ikea

Six of the best: Dining chairs for any budget

Designed exclusively for John Lewis by award-winning furniture designer Robin Day OBE, this stylish polypropylene chair on a powder-coated metal frame not only looks great, it also looks like it should cost at least five times the price – and you have to love that. Also available in black and white.

Robin Day for John Lewis polypropylene side chair in orange, £39 at John Lewis.

Six of the best: Dining chairs for any budget

This beautifully elegant copper chair screams classic French chic. Sit back with a bowl of coffee and imagine yourself in Paris.

Redsmith dining chair in copper, £178 at Anthropologie

Six of the best: Dining chairs for any budget

I'm pretty sure the chairs in my school canteen never looked this good. A fresh update to the village hall chairs of old, these plywood and powder-coated steel chairs are available in the cheeriest of blue, pink, yellow and green.

Canteen Utility chair by Very Good & Proper, £215 at Pedlars

Six of the best: Dining chairs for any budget

These fibre-glass shell chairs are the most authentic modern day reproductions of Charles Eames' original and now classic 1950s design. If funds allow, investing in these as opposed to similar plastic reproductions is a decision you won't regret. The Dowel base is available in maple or walnut. For the full range of fibre-glass colour options available, visit SCP.

Dowel side chair by Charles Eames for Modernica, shown in charcoal, £365 at SCP

Six of the best: Dining chairs for any budget

I'm not normally a fan of the all-wooden chair, but for this perfect object I could be willing to make a fairly costly exception. Originally designed for Knoll in the 1940s, the Straight Chair features natural, low-sheen finishes and live wood grain patterns to stunning effect. Available in natural American Walnut and Hickory. Start saving now.

The Straight Chair by George Nakashima, £640 at Knoll.

Six of the best: Dining chairs for any budget

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