Seat­ing plan

Your Home and Garden - - Style Stalker -

> Size and spac­ing Al­low at least 90cm be­tween the din­ing ta­ble and any walls or fur­ni­ture to al­low seats to slide out eas­ily. Leave about 60cm be­tween chairs to avoid bump­ing el­bows. Lights should be hung 60-80cm from the ta­ble sur­face.

> Sticky fin­gers If you have chil­dren in your family, fab­ric chairs are go­ing to get filthy. Choose a wi­peable sur­face like wood or plas­tic and treat your­self to a gor­geous vel­vet seat once they’ve reached vot­ing age.

> Bench seats are fun, in­for­mal and keep things ver­sa­tile at the din­ing ta­ble. How­ever, make sure you have tra­di­tional chairs avail­able for din­ers who need a bit of back sup­port.

> Mix or match? These days any­thing goes when it comes to match­ing your din­ing chairs. Mix up colours, styles and ma­te­ri­als or keep them all the same – the choice is yours. Just make sure the ar­range­ment works with the rest of your decor.

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