Shopping for designer chairs requires a bit more effort and research than just picking up a few items at a mass-market retailer.
Think of it as an investment—you’re going to be spending on something that’s meant to last you a long time, if not forever. But to get the most enjoyment out of your designer chairs, you will need to give some serious thought to choosing the right ones for your home.
Buying designer chairs isn’t just about flipping through a catalogue and picking out the first ones which catch your eye. Here are three tips for getting designs you’ll be happy with.
1// Make sure they fit into your overall interior design
Just because you’ve fallen in love with a gorgeous set of designer chairs doesn’t mean they’re necessarily right for you.
Remember that you’re not buying chairs as stand-alone pieces—rather, they’re meant to enhance the appearance of your home, so make sure they fit into the overall design.
Look at the colour scheme of your interior and ask yourself if the chairs go with it. You’ll also want to ensure the texture and style match the look you’re trying to create indoors.
For instance, if you have a minimalistic interior that’s full of whites, greys and clean-textured materials, an ornate Renaissance-style chair would stick out like a sore thumb.
2// Check the measurements
There’s nothing worse than putting in an order for a set of beautiful dining chairs, only to realise after you take them home that they don’t fit your dining table.
Precision is important when buying furniture pieces, so you’ll want to measure the dimensions of your rooms and furniture to get a precise idea of what size you want your chairs to be. Be especially careful to measure the dimensions of any tables the chairs should be used with.
When you arrive at the shop, whip out your measuring tape and note the exact dimensions of the chairs you’re thinking of buying before you place an order. You might have to travel back and forth between the shop and your home more than once, but don’t let that deter you from taking your time to make a decision.
If you intend to buy a chair online, the website should include the item’s measurements, which you should then check against your own furniture and space at home. For instance, on online furniture store TheLongestStay, the measurements of all chairs including the seat height are included in the product description.
3// Ask about the materials and workmanship
It might look good and fit like a dream. But will it feel as good when you’ve been using it for a long time?
Unlike furniture from mass-market retailers that’s meant to be used for short periods before being replaced, designer furniture is built to last. But in order to get the most out of your new chairs, you will want to ensure the materials and workmanship are not only top-notch, but also appropriate to your climate and usage patterns.
If you live in a climate with bitterly cold winters, you probably don’t want to buy chairs made of aluminium, or risk nobody wanting to sit down when it gets cold.
On the other hand, if you’re in a tropical climate that’s hot and humid, wood may not be the best choice as it can be ruined by the moisture.
You also want to think about who is going to use your chairs and how often. An office chair needs to be adjustable and comfortable enough to be used for long stretches of time, while chairs whose main function is to punctuate spaces in a large living room need to strike a good balance between style and function.
Have a chat with store personnel or, in the case of online stores, correspond with them by email, to find out more about the materials and workmanship behind the chairs you’re considering. You might be surprised by how much advice they can give you, even if they’ve never seen your home.
Chairs not only function as seating but can transform the look of your home and complement your existing furniture. Before picking new chairs, do all the necessary research, taking measurements and thinking hard about the design of your home. The best chairs are just as pleasurable to look at as they are to sit in!
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