Shabby Chic Dining Chairs

Shabby chic is the art of converting vintage furniture into something attractive, even elegant, and making disparate styles coordinate into a whole room fusion that radiates comfort. Shabby chic dining chairs can range from old-fashioned wood farm chairs to nicely turned Queen Anne or similar dining room sets. Many homeowners repurpose matched office chairs for their dining area.

To obtain your shabby chic dining chairs you can browse the Internet – Etsy and Pinterest have some wonderful ideas, look through catalogs of unfinished furniture, or take a walking tour through yard sales, flea markets or second-hand stores. The key is to look for pieces that appeal to you or that look like something you can convert to match your current décor.

Ladder back dining chairs with straw seats are ideal for shabby chic. If the straw seat is intact, all you need do is add some planned distressing, and the chair will be ready for use. If the straw seat is beyond repair, it is an easy matter to stitch a cloth support around the edge supports, and to add a quilted cushion, or even an elegant embroidered seat cover. In the case of the office chairs, slightly worn pillow slips created matching backs and seats, hiding the worn covers. Farm chairs can be treated as any hardwood shabby chic furniture. Paint the chair with successive layers of paint of different colors, letting each layer dry between applications. Lightly sand or use a little paint remover to simulate natural wear.

Of course, if your time is at a premium, you can buy your shabby chic dining chairs already prepared for use. No one will be the wiser, and you can keep it your secret. They will think you are the best yard sale shopper or crafter ever and you will have the chairs of your dreams.

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Lahziri Side Chair in Beige
Lahziri Side Chair in Beige

Whether you frequently host grand banquets or enjoy casual, laid-back meal times, our classic French style dining chairs will reflect your elegant and unique lifestyle. The 2-pc. retro dining chair with high round back and fabric material is perfect for formal settings, while the fabric material creates a casual ambiance for everyday meals.

Grabowska Windsor Back Side Chair
Grabowska Windsor Back Side Chair

Oseze offers a variety of chairs in its line, but the Wood and Metal Vintage Industrial Dining Chair is a standout. Made from wood and metal, the chair features an open design with a vertically lined back. Its dark-walnut finish conveys warmth while its metal construction lends an airiness to the overall look.


This upholstered dining chair is crafted from solid rubberwood and manufactured wood with a smooth wood grain texture. Each chair has a weathered light seat cushion.

Betton Tufted Side Chair in Beige
Betton Tufted Side Chair in Beige

This pair of upholstered dining chairs, crafted in a neutral beige hue for an airy and approachable look, is sure to collect compliments as it offers seating in your space. Founded atop four cabriole legs in a weathered light oak finish, each piece is crafted from solid rubberwood and polyester-blend fabric with button tufting details and nailhead trim. Best of all, these chairs arrive fully assembled.

Ismay Linen in Cream
Ismay Linen in Cream

Add a touch of farmhouse-chic style to your dining ensemble with this traditional Ismay Linen Upholstered Dining Chair in Beige. The inviting foam-filled seats are upholstered in charming beige linen, accented by metal nailhead trim for an eye-catching touch, and arrive in a set of two. Plus, its frame is crafted from smokey walnut finished legs featuring distress marks for a slightly weathered look and a cozy feel.

Cierra Cross Back Side Chair in Grayish Teal
Cierra Cross Back Side Chair in Grayish Teal

This Cierra Upholstered Cross Back Side Chair in Grayish Teal delivers a transitional style with a sophisticated flair. The X-shaped back, delicately curved lines, and comfortable upholstered seat of this dining chair give it an inviting design that is completed by the tan fabric on the seat.

Harton Side Chair
Harton Side Chair

This elegant dining side chair melds old-world charm with modern sensibilities. Featuring a fluted wood frame and dense foam upholstered fabric seat with elegant welting, this oval back dining chair has a weathered vintage French look and undeniable appeal. Designed with foot pads to preserve flooring, it comes ready to assemble and will add character to your home.

Etinee Tufted Linen Side Chair
Etinee Tufted Linen Side Chair

This set of two side chairs was designed to complement the decor of French country aesthetics and country cottages. Featuring tufted backs, recessed wingback details, and neutral upholstery, these solid and engineered wood chairs have classic accents. Each chair requires full assembly upon delivery.

Lexi Tufted Cotton Side Chair in Antiqued White
Lexi Tufted Cotton Side Chair in Antiqued White

The Vintage Fiddle Back Dining Chair is made from solid wood and painted in antique white for a fresh yet vintage feel. The design features a curved back with a heart shape inspired by a classic fiddle back. We love that the seat is filled with foam for support and upholstered in 100% cotton. The turned legs complete the traditional look of this dining chair. Plus, the arm-less construction means it slides underneath a table or desk easily when not in use. Hand-curated by Kelly Clarkson.

Tanan Slat Back Side Chair in Rustic Brown/Purple
Tanan Slat Back Side Chair in Rustic Brown/Purple

This dining chair brings rustic style to your dining area. Crafted from solid wood, it sports a brown finish designed to complement a variety of color schemes, while the slat-style back and slightly tapered feet lend it a classic look. Polyester microfiber upholstery on the seat offers comfort as you sit back and relax with your guests.

Remus Side Chair in Tan
Remus Side Chair in Tan

This Side Chair offers solid rubberwood construction with durable fabric upholstery—making it a quality addition to your home. The chic antique gray finish is given an extra dose of style from the nailhead trim.

Hannalise Cross Back Side Chair in Nutmeg
Hannalise Cross Back Side Chair in Nutmeg

This upholstered side chair elevates the art of casual rustic style. The nutmeg finish, antiqued nailhead trim, and textured polyester fabric make this classic X-back dining chair a charming piece that entices warmth and earthy elegance to your home. The cushioned seat accommodates lingering meals enjoyed in comfort.

Ashwell Cross Back Side Chair
Ashwell Cross Back Side Chair

Dining chairs can be purchased in sets, or individually, to match your dining room table. These solid wood and wood veneer chairs will complement your traditional aesthetic or blend with other styles. Each chair has a double-cross back, turned legs, and contrasting rubbed seats. The seat measures 18'' H, so it can fit most tables.

Naranjo Tufted Fabric King Louis Back Side Chair in Beige
Naranjo Tufted Fabric King Louis Back Side Chair in Beige

This French-style chair is designed with light matching color and elegant shape to be used in living room, dining room, study and other places.

Jair King Louis Back Side Chair
Jair King Louis Back Side Chair

Bring a touch of French country style to your dining room with a set of upholstered chairs that feature iconic backs and fluted legs. The chairs offer a slightly unusual design that will fit in well in your home while also remaining true to their elegant, old-fashioned roots. Their frames showcase wonderfully contrasting lines and curves that encourage both casual meals with family and extravagant dinner parties with guests.

Castiel Tufted Side Chair
Castiel Tufted Side Chair

These two chic side chairs will look great in your living room or around your dining room table. Each piece has a solid rubberwood frame with tapered black-hued legs that give them a graceful, streamlined look. The chairs feature button-tufting on the backrests and arms and nailhead trim for some glam appeal. The seats are generously padded in foam and upholstered with vinyl in a solid hue that lets you easily match it to your room's style and color scheme. Assembly is required.

Urbaniak Linen Side Chair
Urbaniak Linen Side Chair

Add easy-going style to your living space with this 2-piece set of Weathers Rattan Dining Chairs. The two chairs are identical, each with a charming farmhouse appearance and distressed wooden frames, rattan chair backs, and beige linen-upholstered seats. The frames are constructed from rubberwood and MDF for strength and stability. The antique finishes are available in multiple colors to match your unique style.


With their straight legs, square backs and open lumbars, these chairs have a classic look that’s at home in a traditional, farmhouse or cottage setting. Nailhead trim elevates the look. Made of wood with foam seat and back padding and upholstery in a polyester blend, each chair features a subtle striped pattern on white.

Norma Cross Back Stacking Multipurpose
Norma Cross Back Stacking Multipurpose

The cross-back chair is a charming and inviting addition to your home or restaurant. Made from ash wood and finished in a beautiful lacquer, this lightweight yet very strong and wobble-free chair is constructed with 8 high stacking capabilities. This durable and attractive bistro-style chair is a great choice for your restaurant or dining room at home—it arrives fully assembled!

Kandy Parsons Chair
Kandy Parsons Chair

The Laurel Wicker Chair features a classic design, with a beautiful wicker back and smooth fabric upholstery. It will instantly uplift the ambiance of your kitchen or dining room.

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Table to Pair With:

A table with an entirely different style from your shabby chic dining chairs will ruin the look, so look to your chairs as inspiration for your table. If your chairs feature a white or cream frame, a whitewashed round dining table will fit in perfectly. This combination is suited to a farmhouse or cottagecore décor scheme. If your chosen dining chairs feature a mid-brown hue, a darker table would look equally as nice as a contrasting lighter one. In general, shabby chic dining chairs look best with round or square tables, as these shapes fit the cozy vibe better than rectangular tables. However, a rectangular table could work if you find one that's sanded down to fit the shabby aesthetic.

Style and Design:

A common component of shabby chic dining chairs is tufting. Per Nicole Hollis, tufting is often seen in Queen Anne-style chairs and traditional chairs. This is because button tufting (as opposed to a tufting pattern like diamond) gives a chair more of an antique vibe. Antique and shabby chic are close together concepts in the design world, though you can find chairs with a contemporary shabby chic look, too. Additionally, most shabby chic dining chairs will feature either a cream or off-white finish. Typically associated with French country style, this color scheme will match anything from a warm neutral to a mysterious, jewel-toned aesthetic. Occasionally, shabby chic chairs will be two-toned for a more interesting look, with the frame featuring a different color than the cushioning.


Oak and cherry wood are two of the most solid and dependable hardwoods to look out for. Whilst softwood like pine can be good, it isn't the most durable material for dining chairs and will chip quite easily. Cherry wood will also lend character to a space due to its naturally richer tone, though it could look out of place in a French country setting. Oak is a great choice as it's neutral in color, meaning you can make it appear as shabby as needed. Courtney McLeod states to try and avoid manufactured wood for shabby chic chairs, as the purposeful distressing process can cause damage to your chair even before it arrives. Nevertheless, a manufactured and solid wood combination is an excellent alternative option -- it will bring the cost down but still offer some of the same durability.

Size and Width:

The size and width of your chosen dining chairs are dependent on the size of your table. You may love the look of wide set armchair style chairs, but they will look out of place set around a smaller table. For medium-sized dining rooms and tables, we advise choosing shabby chic dining chairs no wider than 18 inches. This does not count with height, as taller chairs are actually often narrower in width and therefore more suited to narrow spaces. The exception is chairs intended for the end of a table (commonly seen with oval and rectangular tables). These chairs can be wider in the style of a traditional armchair, as there is more space at either end of a table than there is with chairs placed side by side.

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