Dining Chair Styles

Traditional-style dining room chairs come in a variety of styles. Here's a look at six of the most common.


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Queen Anne-style is based on an 18th-century style. Chairs in this style are recognizable by the shaped crest rail at the top of the back and the urn-shape splat (center back support).

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Windsor style is an early English style characterized by stick legs and spindles driven into the seat. Variations include bow back (shown here) and hoop back.

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Regency or Empire style is also known as Duncan Phyfe. This 19th-century style features a scroll back, squared top, and saber legs. This basic chair has been copied often in the 20th century.

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Midcentury style refers to mid-20th century designs for the modern houses of the period. This chair is by Heywood-Wakefield, a well-known company.

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Chippendale style is based on an 18th-century British design. The chairs are noted for elaborate splats, and may also include ball-and-claw feet.

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Ladder-back (or Shaker-style) chairs feature slat backs. They are often associated with country furniture. The seat may be woven from rush or tape.

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