Period Style & Antique Dining Chairs

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Antique Dining Room Chairs

Antique dining chairs are probably the most difficult piece of antique furniture to find in usable condition today. Dining chairs were the first thing to wear out in a home as they were used more than any other piece of furniture. We also find that most sets of English antique dining room chairs were made in smaller sets of 4 or 6 to fit into the smaller homes of the time. Fortunately chairs made for the more affluent homes were not only made in larger sets but were also better cared for and these sets are what we typically find today.

Antique Dining Chair Styles

We come across a wide variety of styles of antique dining chairs. The most common styles are:

  • Regency – characterized by sabre shaped legs, rolled arms, and rolled backrests.
  • Chippendale – gorgeous formal dining chairs that have subtle floral carvings and sat on either ball and claw feet or straight legs.
  • Ladder back – usually a less formal chair made from oak or cherry with horizontal slats on the back rests.
  • Windsor – another less formal chair with a rounded back, “stick” shaped vertical supports on the back, and a solid wood seat.

Reproduction Dining Chairs

English Classics carries several types of reproduction dining chairs and has the ability to source makers for many other styles as well. All or our reproduction dining chairs are solid wood, hand made, and of the utmost quality. Chairs with upholstered seats come in a muslin fabric ready to be covered in your own fabric. Covering chair seats is a simple process that any local upholsterer can do if you are not able to do it yourself. We can also get rustic ladder back chairs with rush seats as opposed to fabric ones.

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