Interior designer, Jessica Davis notes that when picking out your retro kitchen table and chairs, opt for hardwearing materials that will hold up against repeat use and indulgent family meals. You'll find lots of options crafted out of robust materials such as metal or chrome, especially table bases and chairs, as they're durable and possess that full-bodied vintage shape. There are also retro kitchen table and chairs sets fashioned out of solid woods or MDF and composite woods that don't require much maintenance and can be finished with stain-resistant protection. Some tabletops are fashioned out of tempered glass which gives the illusion of more space. You'll find retro-style chairs upholstered in anything from firm faux leather, vinyl, and soft polyester blends that allow for a vintage flair while still giving a contemporary level of comfort and agility.
Frances Merrill, founder of Reath Design Studio suggests opting for retro kitchen table and chairs sets that will add the perfect amount of charm to your dining space while not overpowering it and taking up too much space. If space is not an issue, you'll find a variety of retro kitchen and chairs sets with oval-shaped tables with tubular chrome bases and rimmed tabletops. Some will contain flared legs or pedestal-style bases that add to the vintage feel. There are also wood rectangular-shaped retro kitchen tables crafted on four legs which allow for a variety of chairs and seating options to work. You'll also find retro-style chairs designed in a manner that's unafraid to showcase bold curves as well as attention-grabbing upholstery in vibrant hues. There are also more minimalist options, like slimmer tables and highback chairs with rounded backs which take inspiration from the mid-century furniture movement.
According to Kathryn M. Ireland, just because you're showcasing a retro kitchen table and chairs in your dining space, it doesn't mean you have to do away with modern amenities that make life easier. For instance, for retro tables with a chrome base, you'll often find stool-style chairs that are height-adjustable. You may also discover some chairs that have built-in curved back support to add to the overall comfort level. Some vintage-style wooden tables come with extension leaves which allow you to host more people around your dining table. There may also be some alternative seating options available, such as matching upholstered or wooden benches that make a great choice for kids. Lastly, you might even find stain-resistant upholstered retro chairs or composite wood tabletops finished in protective veneers which allow your kitchen furniture to hold up against daily use.