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6 Modern Dining Chairs on a Budget

A dining chair, on its own, doesn’t seem like an out-of-reach investment. That is until you do the math on four, six, ten, or even 12 chairs. Depending on the size of your table and/or your needs, the number of chairs required can be quite a bit of money to plunk down at one time. The good news is that it doesn’t have to break your bank when you look around and see that there are plenty of affordable options out there. Here are six modern dining chairs that are perfect for those of us on a budget.

Masters Chair by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet for Kartell
Masters Chair by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet for Kartell

Topping out at the high end of the group at $300, the Masters Chair, by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet for Kartell, has a unique, curvaceous design characterized with three crossing lines that connect at the sides of the seat. The chair’s silhouette pays respect to three iconic designs – the Series 7 chair by Arne Jacobsen, the Tulip Armchair by Eero Saarinen, and the Eiffel Chair by Charles Eames – to form a chair that’s the perfect fusion.

Copper Real Good Chair by Blu Dot Dining Chair | YLiving
Copper Real Good Chair by Blu Dot

The Copper Real Good Chair from Blu Dot is a completely new take on dining chairs with its copper plated finish that will naturally patina over time. Its angular bent form is laser cut and comes flat packed letting you have a hand in forming its final appearance as you fold it along the laser cut lines. At $299, the chair, and its gorgeous copper finish, is a bargain for your dining space.

LAXseries Dining Chair from MASHstudios
LAXseries Dining Chair from MASHstudios

Made from solid English walnut with a natural oil finish, the LAXseries Dining Chair from MASHstudios has classic, clean lines that will never go out of style, making its $290 price tag worth it. That, on top of its top notch construction means this chair is the perfect investment for any modern home.

Spark® Stacking Side Chair by Don Chadwick for Knoll
Spark® Stacking Side Chair by Don Chadwick for Knoll

Another way to elevate the look of your dining space is to go with a bright pop of color. The Spark® Stacking Side Chair by Don Chadwick for Knoll comes in bold colors, as well as trusty neutrals, to complete your dining table at just $189 a pop. The chairs are lightweight, yet sturdy, and easy to clean making them super practical for families with young children. You can also easily move them outdoors when you need extra seating during the summer months.

The Bellini Chair by Mario Bellini for Heller Dining Chair | YLiving
The Bellini Chair® by Mario Bellini for Heller

Designed by Mario Bellini for Heller, the award-winning The Bellini Chair® is $175 and the type of chair that can work in any type of setting and it also works both inside and out, meaning it’s incredible practical. It’s made of fiberglass reinforced polypropylene making it lightweight and comfortable with its seat back flexing action. If you need to make some room, simply stack the chairs (up to six high) up and out of the way.

OH Chairs by Karim Rashid for Umbra Dining Chair | YLiving
OH Chairs by Karim Rashid for Umbra

The ultimate bargain… Karim Rashid‘s OH Chairs for Umbra come as a set of four for $240, which comes to $60 per chair! Available in six colors, the stackable chair has powder coated steel legs that match the molded seat, which has four cut-outs for added design details. Another easy-to-clean chair making it a great option to round out your modern dining space on a budget.

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Jaime Derringer

Jaime Derringer

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk is a Jersey girl living the laid back life in SoCal. She dreams of designing textiles, running more than 8 miles + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, and drawing.

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