51 Side Chairs with Versatile Placement Possibilities
Side chairs are a versatile essential. At the dining table, they are prized for their compact footprints – ideal for the sides of a table where elbow room is tighter and where armchairs may not fit. But they also have value elsewhere around the home as well. Stylish side chairs are often used in lieu of a bench at the entryway, easily moved out of the way when needed. They are also a favorite addition to spacious bedroom arrangements, often paired up beside an occasional table and used as a casual coffee spot or workspace. In this compilation, we’ve collected 51 side chair ideas for any application and any budget.
Gray Side Chair Set with Hairpin Legs: With its hairpin legs and bold arched profile, this side chair design is ideal for airy table arrangements and freestanding placements around the home. This velvet-upholstered chair is available in a range of flexible neutrals and deep jewel tones. Each set includes two chairs.
Dark Grey Side Chair Set of Two: A slimmer profile makes this side chair ideal for tighter seating arrangements. This design keeps things simple with rich grey fabric upholstery while gold-capped legs add a dash of glamorous shine. Each set includes two side chairs.
Faux Leather Black Side Chair: This dramatic side chair features bold splayed legs and a rich curvaceous seat, a natural fit for interior themes ranging from contemporary to industrial and beyond. This piece is available in the black faux leather pictured here in addition to dark brown and light brown options. This set includes two matching chairs.
Light Grey Side Chair: An edgy profile ensures these side chairs will capture attention from any angle. But this style is just not just for looks – the bucket seat and slightly winged back provide a supportive seating experience as well. This chair is available in light grey and light blue, and each set includes two chairs.
Upholstered Grey Side Chair: Curved and ergonomic, your guests are sure to appreciate the comfort of this aesthetically pleasing design. Super slim legs help to counterbalance the bolder seat shape for an overall streamlined look. This set of two is available in grey, rusty orange, navy, and an elegant emerald teal.
Black and Gray Side Chair: Splayed metal legs lend this side chair a sense of dependable stability while also serving as an eye-catching design point. This piece goes bold with contrasting light grey upholstery over a rich black frame, also available in a charcoal and warm walnut wood combination.
Fully Upholstered Side Chair: This unique Blu Dot chair is upholstered from top to bottom in a super plush wool and rayon blend – the upholstery even continuing over the legs. This unexpected design is textural and highly cushioned, sure to make any dining room feel so much cozier. Select from a wide range of upholstery options ranging from fabric blends to top quality leather.
Modern Black Side Chair: A super popular design that shows up everywhere from private homes to high-profile magazine spreads, these playful modern chairs make a bold decorative statement without taking up too much visual real estate. This design boasts a bold branch-like pattern cut out from the molded chair shape, making the most out of negative space. This set includes four chairs at a surprisingly economical price.
Black Velvet Side Chair: Retro vibes meet cool contemporary styling with this simple upholstered side chair design. Velvet upholstery flawlessly rounds the curvaceous seat, effortlessly balanced on sleek black legs. This design is available in pink, black, grey, and green – matching counter height models are available for easy coordination across an open concept kitchen.
Bertoia Side Chair: Harry Bertoia’s side chair is a true icon of modern design, originally introduced in 1952 and still produced by Knoll using the same timeless techniques. This lightweight side chair is made from wire-like steel rods that have been carefully shaped into a chic yet ergonomic form, then finished in a range of colors. Seat padding options are available as well.
Eames Side Chair: The famous Eames molded plastic side chair has been widely celebrated since its original release in 1950 – its iconic form imitated, reproduced, and reinterpreted in so many different formats throughout the years. Those who are seeking out the dependable quality and collector’s value of an original can find this officially licensed model still produced by Herman Miller, available in both the original fiberglass and the more contemporary plastic.
Wood and White Side Chair: Sculptural forms and striking contrast set the Broder dining chair apart. This set of two dining chairs is made with a tubular steel frame bent into precise and artful angles. The seats are upholstered in 100% polyester, easy to clean and maintain.
Norm Architects Small Side Chair: Originally designed as a side chair for office use, the Co-Chair by Norm Architects is simple enough to suit a wide variety of settings. Select from a wide variety of finish and upholstery combinations – each one refined, versatile, and timeless.
Hans J Wegner Mid Century Side Chair: The beautiful CH88P side chair is a 1955 design by the revered Hans J. Wegner, a design that remained only a concept until 2014 when it was finally put into production. This piece offers a more streamlined and economical take on the famous Elbow Chair, making it an especially practical option for use as a side chair at the dining table.
Cherner Mid Century Modern Side Chair: Norman Cherner designed this shapely chair in 1958 – at the time, its production pushed the boundaries of the wood-molding techniques that remain popular today. This piece is available in a deep ebony or the warm walnut you see here. The armchair version is also available for those who want to complete the set.
Prouvé Standard SP Side Chair: Early mid-century modern charm makes the Standard SP chair a bold and exciting pick. Fin-shaped framing cuts a dramatic profile while the seat and back maintain a sleek form for a lightweight look. A variety of contrasting color options are available, in both retro pairings and contemporary themes alike.
Upholstered Side Chair with Arms: A comfortable bucket seat provides the support of an armchair while the compact footprint provides the convenience of a side chair. This handsome design is upholstered in an easy-to-clean polyester blend, channel-tufted for added comfort.
Gold and Pink Side Chair Set of Two: Rounded forms, velvet upholstery, and radiant gold framing make these chairs a delightfully glam addition to any interior. Use at the dining table or in living spaces. This set includes two chairs – also available in beige, dark green, and light blue.
Small Pink Side Chair Set of Two: Ideal for small spaces! These simple chairs feature an exceptionally lightweight and modern look, the monochromatic pink finish creating a bold visual statement. This design is fully stackable so that you can keep extra chairs stowed away between uses. Each set includes two chairs.
Velvet Tufted Back Side Chair Set: Diamond-tufted backing makes these chairs look luxurious from every angle – great for placement at a vanity, desk, or dining table where the backrest will be on display. Select from a range of velvet upholstery options. Each set includes two chairs.
Kartell White Side Chair: A modern favorite, the Masters Chair by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet is an instantly recognizable piece that design enthusiasts are sure to appreciate. The unique form superimposes the silhouettes of three iconic midcentury designs – the Series 7, the Tulip Armchair, and the Eiffel Chair – all expressed with a sophisticated sense of contemporary minimalism.
Stackable Modern Red Side Chair: Clean lines and a vivid red finish make a bold visual statement. This side chair is made from solid oak for lasting strength – strong enough even for commercial applications. Looking for something less vibrant? This chair is also available in a range of natural and neutral finishes as well.
Transparent Red Side Chair: Transparent chairs offer a lightweight look suitable for smaller spaces, but they really shine in placements that enjoy ample sunlight. This playful design is made strong for residential and commercial use. This design is available in a range of transparent colors to suit any interior style.
Tufted Velvet Orange Side Chair Set: Deep channel tufting lends these side chairs an especially glamorous edge. This set of two is upholstered in soft velvet, the ergonomic seats perched atop elegant gold-finished legs. Select from a spectrum of color options to suit your decor.
Lucy Stacking Side Chair: Bend Goods creates spectacular modern designs from durable wire, finished in rich colors to give your interior an energetic edge. The dramatic Lucy Side Chair features strong geometric patterns throughout – a smart match for one of today’s most visible interior trends.
Metal Wire Yellow Side Chair: Here is another design by Bend Goods, this time with a more minimalistic look. This lightweight side chair keeps things simple with straight lines and a breezy composition. Select from yellow, black, peacock blue, or white.
Upholstered Yellow Side Chair Set of Two: Sunny yellow 100% polyester upholstery covers this distinctive side chair from top to bottom, even including the legs for a cohesive look. Arched channel tufting makes the cushioned back feel even more supportive while lending a creative contemporary edge.
High Back Emerald Green Side Chair: High-backed dining chairs need to look great from every angle, and this luxurious design certainly rises to the occasion. Button tufting wraps around the curvaceous back, while brass caps add a glam touch to the feet. This set includes two side chairs and is also available in a counter height format.
Mint Green Side Chair Set of Two: This side chair set is upholstered in soft mint green, a pleasing option for pastel-themed interior palettes. Metal legs finished with a wood look provide stability while ensuring economical everyday appeal.
Upholstered Teal Side Chair: A channel tufted backrest, a diamond-tufted back, and radiant gold legs all contribute to a glamorous high-end look. This set of two teal side chairs are beautiful enough to use in your favorite social spaces and practical enough to use at the dining table.
Blue Side Chair Set: Distressed velvet upholstery and black-finished framing gives these side chairs a vintage look with a touch of industrial appeal. This simple set is also available in gold, pink, light grey, and dark grey.
Light Blue Side Chair: Modern and simple, this delightful little side chair places an emphasis on practicality. The plastic body is easy to clean for family-friendly settings yet remains wonderfully ergonomic for approachable comfort. This set of two side chairs is also available in black, grey, and pink.
Series 7 Purple Side Chair: A true classic gets a colorful contemporary makeover. The famous Series 7 is a 1955 design by the legendary Arne Jacobsen, available in a wide variety of color and material options. The model pictured here is the Series 7 in smooth purple lacquer.
Colorful Aalto Side Chairs: Iconic architect Alvar Aalto designed the Chair 69 in 1935, and its playful composition remains a favorite. This piece is made from strong birch in a natural finish, the backrest and seat finished in an array of vibrant hues. These officially licensed Aalto designs will last a lifetime with proper care.
Upholstered Side Chair with Handle: These substantial side chairs provide a luxurious seating experience – an excellent choice for those looking to outfit a larger dining table. Handles on the backrest make it easier to pull out each chair while ensuring that the velvet upholstery maintains its pristine look for years to come.
Arne Jacobsen Drop Chair: The dramatic Drop Chair by Arne Jacobsen is an instantly recognizable mid-century modern design icon. This smooth, shapely chair is available as an economical molded design, but soft upholstery options are available for alluring comfort.
Alvar Aalto Side Chair: Alvar Aalto designed the famous Chair 611 in 1929, and its unending popularity has supported its continuous production to this day. This piece is crafted with a solid birch frame wrapped in supportive fabric webbing – easy to reupholster for a lifetime of enjoyment.
Tolix-Style Metal Side Chair: For decades, the Tolix-style chair has remained an ubiquitous favorite for sidewalk cafes and trendy restaurants around the world. This gunmetal model is well-suited to interior styles ranging from farmhouse rustic to urban industrial and more. Each set includes two stackable metal side chairs.
Rustic French Side Chair: French country furniture offers an irresistible balance of rustic charm and classic elegance, features that this pair of side chairs boasts in spades. This piece features the classic Louis-style rounded backrest, finished tightly woven rattan. Carved details play across the distressed oak frame.
Classic Handcrafted Rattan Side Chair: This light and airy rattan side chair is lovingly handcrafted, every detail rendered with care and precision. Natural rattan chairs like this one are beloved for their strong yet lightweight appeal – easy to handle and move from room to room, and easy to slide out from the dining table without damaging the floor.
Peacock Wicker Side Chair: These wicker side chairs are a stunning work of art. The intricate backrest features ornate peacock-inspired design, the lightweight frame embellished with rattan details. Use these chairs to complement a rustic, bohemian, or cottage chic interior theme.
Shapely Rattan Side Chair: With a profile inspired by the famous Panton chair, this wicker design presents a rustic take on contemporary styling. This piece is crafted from natural kubu rattan over a sturdy curved frame. Each set includes two chairs.
Leather and Solid Bamboo Side Chair Set: Crafted from smoothly honed renewable bamboo, this dining side chair is both durable and environmentally friendly. Each set includes two mid-century inspired side chairs upholstered in smooth black leather.
Nerd Side Chair: The shapely Nerd chair by David Geckeler is not just a bold and stylish design, it also places a strong emphasis on clever ergonomics. This chair is designed to be comfortable from multiple seating angles – perfect for conversational time spent at the table with friends. Select from a wide range of finish options inspired by Scandinavian interior aesthetics.
Solid Wood Danish Side Chair: Synnes is a contemporary Scandinavian side chair inspired by traditional sensibilities. This beautiful design by Falke Svatun is crafted from smooth wood and topped with a genuine leather seat pad from Danish leather manufacturer Sørensen. Each one is shipped fully assembled.
Stacking Wood Side Chair Set of Four: Warm-finished premium plywood and sleek metal framing give this chair a lightweight build and a sleek contemporary look. Each set includes four conveniently stackable side chairs.
Two-Tone Dining Side Chair: Mid-century inspired bentwood construction sets these side chairs apart. This stylish set features shell-shaped seats and backrests for supportive comfort, upholstered in orange faux leather for a vintage look. Each set includes two matching side chairs.
Molded Wood Side Chair: These high-backed side chairs feature a unique curved backrest, effortlessly drawing attention to the sophisticated richly grained wood veneer finish. Grey fabric upholstery covers light padding for comfort and stylish versatility.
Parisienne Acrylic Side Chair: Looking for a sleek contemporary take on French cafe chairs? This design recreates a timeless profile in transparent acrylic, ideal for small spaces and sunny placements. This design is fully weatherproof for use indoors and outdoors alike. Select from transparent, smokey grey, teal, and amber color options.
Gold Side Chair Set of Four: Frosted acrylic provides support while maintaining a barely-there look, while thin gold-finished legs add glam appeal. These side chairs feature a narrow footprint ideal for smaller dining arrangements. Each set includes four matching chairs.
Copper Metal Side Chair: The unique Real Good Chair by Blu Dot is a transformative piece in more than one way. This design ships in a flat pack format for sustainability, requiring the buyer to gently bend each part into shape like a piece of origami. Because this model is made with a real copper-plated finish, the surface will develop a natural one-of-a-kind patina over time.