After a few years of searching for the perfect dining chairs on Facebook Marketplace, I’ve recently been hit with a stream of luck and now have one too many sets scattered about our home. The glorious ebb and flow of secondhand shopping.
Nobody asked, but if I had to choose a favorite dining chair style, it would be Louis XVI.
x They’re classic, elegant, and refined
x The clean lines of a Louis XVI-style chair allow them to work with just about any dining table, no matter the size and style.
x I really believe they can be placed anywhere in a home and they’d make a statement. My favorite non-dining room setting for these chairs is on either side of the commode in our living room
x They have just the right amount of upholstery (not too much like a slipcover chair, not too little like a Chippendale chair)
A few weeks ago, I found a very on-brand set of Louis XVI chairs on FB MP:
After inspecting them, they seem to be well-made, but there are some areas of concern that make me wonder if they’ll last for a long time and most importantly, can be re-upholstered (i.e. not sturdy when sitting back, many obvious repaired cracks). It’s not a complete deal-breaker but definitely in the back of my mind.
This past week, I spotted another set of Louis XVI-style chairs on FB MP, and at first, I thought “ooh, pretty! But I totally don’t need another set of dining chairs. I really do enjoy being married.”
But as I browsed through the listing photos and marinated in my feelings, I decided to message the seller. The brand of these chairs was Weiman – a very good, long-established brand that makes quality furniture. The style/shape and how well they’re made are the most important things to me because I want to have the freedom to reupholster as I please with the peace of mind that they’ll last over time.
Anyway, I blacked out and when I woke up, the new chairs were in our driveway
(likely an unpopular opinion – I’m infatuated with the rich chocolate velvet fabric)
My main goal in life right now is keeping this extra set of dining chairs out of Angelo’s sight. ‘Til death or hoarding do us part.
Back to why you’re here…
Usually, when considering dining room chair and table combos, I feel like you can never go wrong with a modern table paired with classic chairs. Also, visually heavier chairs (like skirted parsons chairs) tend to pair well with a visually lighter dining table – it’s a nice balance.
As with most roundups in my Classic Design series – I’m linking all the products shown in case you’re interested in purchasing, but you can also use it as a guide when browsing secondhand sites. I encourage you to get creative and be resourceful!
One last thing, remember that if you find quality chairs but don’t like the fabric, you can always reupholster with your favorite fabric. Most dining chairs *typically* aren’t as pricey to reupholster because there’s less fabric/labor involved.