My Top Picks for High-Style Dining Chairs on an IKEA Budget

Who doesn’t want high style paired with budget prices?  I shopped for a dining room table and chairs with a client this weekend, and the chairs we chose cost about $3000 for six.  They are FABULOUS, of course, but not everyone can afford to spend that much money on dining or kitchen chairs.  Which got me thinking about some of my favorite bargain chairs from IKEA. Let’s start with my current favorite – a modern take on the classic black windsor, this stylish dining chair would look great at a rustic farmhouse table or a metal industrial dining table.

IKEA PS 2012 for $89



This is another classic with an x-back that would work in both traditional and contemporary dining rooms – it’s a lot like one I used in a recent dining room design.

 IKEA Ingolf Dining Chair $59 



Your grandmother’s ladderback dining chair now comes in a new finish – weathered gray pine.  And it’s a cutie – it reminds me of one of the chairs out of Goldilocks and The Three Bears!

 IKEA Kaustby dining chair $39



If you prefer something a bit more informal and contemporary, these lovelies might do the trick in your dining room or kitchen.

IKEA Preben dining chair $119



Great paired with an informal wood or glass kitchen table, this is simple and perfect in white.

IKEA Gilbert dining chair  $59



This one’s a bit more playful and would be a fun addition to a sleek, modern kitchen.

 IKEA Vilmar dining chair $39



Last but not least, this acrylic kitchen chair takes up next to no visual space, making it a no-brainer for a small room.

IKEA Tobias dining chair $79


Which one is your favorite?  Have you had a good experience with IKEA dining chairs, or do you have a source for other bargain finds? 


  1. Jen C.

    we bought six of the TOBIAS chairs in the smoky grey acrylic for a table in our bonus room. they are fabulous! much more comfortable than you would think by looking at them. i love that they don’t make the room feel crowded, like normal chairs would. plus, they are just funky and cool. can’t recommend them enough.

  2. Barbara

    Great style choices! The hanging lights for my new shop were from Ike’a and they get lots of compliments!

  3. Dawna Jones

    It is unbelievable how much chairs can cost,fine if you need only 4 but try having 8 Yikes! But it is so important that they are good quality and super comfortable unless you want your company to leave quickly. Ikea is such a great resource for reasonable and good looking affordable chairs. Great post again.

  4. Angie

    I prefer to scour thrift shops and 2nd hand shops. Currently I have 3 wooden chairs in one style, 2 in another, and a bench all painted blue. I find that much more interesting than IKEA and I love that no one has the same dining room as me. Best part is I paid about $40 plus paint for all of it:)

    • Kristie Barnett

      Great idea, Angie – painting them the same color totally unites the look. I’m a big fan of mismatched dining chairs.

  5. Lisa

    I’m looking for new chairs for my dining room that are more contemporary and don’t take up so much space visually. Your post couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Thanks.

  6. Lee

    we just finished out our new kitchen with some great chairs from Pottery Barn – the Isabella chairs are pretty and comfortable.

      • Lee

        it is such a nice space now! it took forever to find just the right table but I am glad we waited and didn’t just get anything just to be done. Looking forward to having Thanksgiving guests now!

  7. Alex

    What kind of table would you pair the Tobias chairs with? I’ve had my eye on them for awhile but don’t know what table to put with them.

  8. Mark Mitschke

    I see we have similar tastes, as three on your list are my top favorites of Ikea’s dining chairs. I purchased the Granas table a few years ago that came with two chairs, and I was thinking of replacing them with two of a different Ikea dining chair. Do you think the Preben, Vilmar, or Kaustby would look best with that table?

  9. Cathy Norris

    Just finishing up a kitchen remodel and need new chairs! What a timely post, and great ideas! I have a design question for you if you have the time, Kristie: all of the design choices I have made myself so far. Our cabinets are white, the color can be compared to BM White Dove, countertops are Casearstone Raven, appliances are stainless. I met yesterday with someone from a plumbing wholesaler to pick out my sink and faucet. My initial thought was stainless but she was really pushing Blanco Silgranit Metallic Gray. Good idea but I’m stumped by the color. Any ideas as to material or color? Thanks Kristie!!

    • Kristie Barnett

      I do not have any experience with that type of sink, so I’m not sure what to tell you. You might consider doing it in white so it ties in with your cabinets – I like white sink so I can tell if it’s clean!

  10. Jim McKitterick

    Where can I get the screw in foot pieces



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