Choosing the Right Wood Chairs

Wood furniture offers a natural beauty hard to find in other materials. When it comes to choosing the right wood chairs for your restaurant, it can seem like a daunting task. Where do you even begin? What are the most important factors to consider? We have some tips on choosing the right wood chairs for your restaurant to help ease the confusion.

Material Differences

Unlike plastic, wood is not a one type material. Within the category of wood chairs, there are several different types of wood and each one has its own unique considerations to keep in mind. Also, wood restaurant chair options almost always come in a variety of stain colors that mimic wood materials such as walnut, cherry, mahogany and many more. If you are looking for a certain color, the stain opotions available are more important than the type of wood it is manufactured from.


  • Pros
    • Walnut is strong wood and will last for years. It can handle intricate carvings without warping the wood. Offers a rich amber color.
  • Cons
    • Color may be less consistent than other wood types. It is also a costly wood type compared with more affordable options.


  • Pros
    • Oak is one the most durable and long-lasting wood types available and has a strong grain pattern for a rustic look.
  • Cons
    • Not the best for use with a stain. Applying a stain to oak can make wood appear a splotchy two-tone color.


  • Pros
    • Cherry offers a beautiful dark wood with deep colors. When polished, it brings out the beauty of the grain even more.
  • Cons
    • It is more expensive than other options.
    • The color may change to a darker shade over the years.


  • Pros
    • This wood is more affordable than other options. It is lightweight making great for a variety of settings. It also resistant to shrinking or swelling while also developing a rustic patina over time.
  • Cons
    • Pine is a soft wood. It is more prone to scratches, dents, and other damages.


Style and Comfort

Another factor in choosing the right wood chairs for your restaurant is to consider the style. Wood chairs can be a variety of designs, from traditional old-fashioned to modern city sleek. You want to match both the style of the chair and the color of the wood type to your existing décor for a seamless look. When it comes to comfort, wood chairs get a bad reputation for being less comfortable than other options. Wood chairs can be comfortable if you purchase with that intention in mind. Wood chairs can be either wood seated or upholstery seated, depending on preference. If choosing wood chairs without the added comfort of padded seating, consider choosing a saddle seat shape to add comfort for your guests.