ISSUE 37  |  Style on a Budget

10 Easy Pieces: Wood Dining Chairs for Under $200

September 17, 2014 9:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

Dining chairs can add up quickly, and investing in a full set can be a considerable expense (as much as a sofa, at least). For those with a tight budget but high standards, here are 10 of our favorite reasonably priced dining chairs–all made of wood and ringing in at under $200.

Above: Michael Thonet’s bentwood Era Chair, designed in 1859, is usually priced at $165 to $189, depending on color. It’s currently on sale for $140.25 to $160.65 at Design Within Reach.

Above: Design Within Reach’s own Salt Chair continues to win a spot on our list (budget or not). The Shaker-style chair is available in gray (shown), black, red, and white for $109 to $129; now on sale for $92.65 to $109.65.

Above: Ikea’s Stockholm Chair, like the rest of their Stockholm collection, was designed by Ola Wihlborg with a dark-stained beech and walnut veneer; $139 each.

Above: Like the Salt Chair above, Serena & Lily’s Tucker Chair is modeled after Shaker furniture but finished in a high-gloss paint. Shown here in white (other colors are available), the chair is $188.

Above: CB2’s Gray Slide Wood Chair was designed by carpenter Jason Lewis in a solid beech and bentwood birch veneer with a matte gray stain; $129 each.

Above: Ikea’s cafe-style, wood veneer Idolf Chair is affordably priced at $59.

Above: The Village Grigio Side Chair is hand-stained and distressed in gray for rustic appeal; $199 at Crate & Barrel.

Above: Another in-house Design Within Reach model is the Kyoto Chair with an all-wood construction and coffee-colored stain; $150 each (currently on sale for $127.50).


Above: Designer Mark Daniel created the Willa Side Chair for Crate & Barrel in a variety of colors, including mint (shown here); $149 each. 

Above: It doesn’t get more affordable than Ikea’s Ivar Chair, made from unfinished solid pine wood that can be treated with a stain, lacquer, or paint; $25 each. 

A handful of the chairs featured here are modeled after the Windsor; for more, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: The Windsor Chair Revisited. Sleuthing for other budget design finds? Have a look at the following: 10 Easy Pieces: Adjustable Task Lamps (Under $200)5 Favorites: Bright Metal Lights for Under $125, and 10 Easy Pieces: Simple Glass Vases Under $30