3 Tips for Pairing Restaurant Tables and Chairs

Learn to identify the right combination of chairs and tables with a few simple guidelines.

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Brady Table and Chairs with natural wood and blue frame.

Picture your favorite sandwich. It has just the right combinationof fresh bread with your favorite deli meats, topped with all your favorite fixin’s like crisp lettuce and ripe tomato. When you bite into it, the combination of ingredients makes your heart leap with joy until the very last bite.

There’s a whole lot of happiness coming out of that little sandwich combination, and that same kind of joy can be found when you pair the right restaurant tables and chairs together for your restaurant.

However, after a few Google searches, you might find yourself getting overwhelmed with how many fixin's (or options) are available today. You might be wondering how you decide exactly which style of table to choose? And which chair goes best with that style? Not to mention the endless design elements like colors and finishes.

Well have no fear, the right combination is possible by following a few guidelines. Here are a few practical tips when pairing of tables and chairs.

Pair of Brady Chairs with Brady Pedestal Table.

1. Combine Common Elements

Find elements that are different yet similar in some ways. Maybe you do this with a shared color or finish type like metal table bases and similarly matching metal chairs. Or, you can find design elements that tie together like the curves of the chair matching the curves on the edge of your tables. For example, notice how the shape of the tubing is square on both the Brady Pedestal tables and Brady chairs.

2. Select Your Scale

A great chair and table combination can quickly turn unsightly if you don’t consider the scale of your furniture. If you are mixing different styles, consider the visual weight and scale between table and chair. For example, we love pairing the Dylan Table with Dylan Benches. Why? Dylan is a substantial piece that has a blocky shape, so pairing it with a boxy bench creates cohesion.  On the contrary, the Dylan Table might not fare so well with a chair like Reece because of it’s curved elements and delicate tubing.

Bentwood stools at restaurant bar.
Row of Bentwood chairs in restaurant.

3. Coordinate the Upholstry

Upholstery and fabrics provide added comfort and a visual break while elements like wood or metal finishes create cohesion. At Bernie's Supper & Lunch Club, we love how they use bright blues and oranges with heavy wood accents. The bright upholstery is necessary as the room could quickly feel fatigued with warm, saturated hues.  Their combination of fabrics adds dimension, warmth, and contrast. Pro tip: While using a combination of fabrics, make sure they all have something in common like pattern size and scale or color scheme.

While selecting your restaurant tables and chairs may not taste as yummy as your favorite sandwich, when you look around at the final results, you just might find yourself just as thrilled with the combination.