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6 Best Etsy Vintage Dining Chairs

Listen, we aren’t here to judge those who enjoy their meals from the comfort of their couches – no. Heck, even we’ve done that at some point in time! That said, we felt the need for a dining space, and no dining space, whether it’s a small nook for two or a formal room, is complete without dining chairs with the right vibes. Plus, they also make for extra seating options, which, as our adult lives go by, are becoming necessary. Since we’re fans of everything vintage, we thought, why not vintage dining chairs too? The best Etsy vintage dining chairs were our obvious choice, but we weren’t prepared for the deluge of options that was going to hit us! So, we did the legwork for you and came up with the best antique, old-timey, and vintage chairs on the beloved Indie website.

Re Nowa Vintage 1960s Chairs

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We begin with what is one of Etsy’s top picks, the Re Nowa Vintage 1960s Chairs. This vintage 200/100B type chair was designed by M. Zieliński for the 1960s furniture industry of Opole, Poland. We loved everything about these completely renovated chairs, starting from the light wooden construction of the beechwood. Since it’s been completely renovated, the beechwood has been cleaned and covered beautifully in rosewood-colored varnish. What’s more, the seat was completely upholstered, which was very comfortable to sit on. Additionally, it’s nice to the touch too. All in all, these were one-of-a-kind chairs with a slick design and even slicker upholstery color, making them a great addition to our dining room. 

Pros

  • We could personalize the chairs too.
  • The chairs have been renovated very carefully to look as close to the original as possible.
  • The shipping was quick.

Cons

  • Some people might find the back support a tad too upright.
Re Nowa Vintage 1960s Chairs - by Etsy
Re Nowa Vintage 1960s Chairs – by Etsy

Chair Obsessed Custom Farmhouse Chair Set of 6

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We’re vintage chair-obsessed, as the title of the Chair Obsessed Custom Farmhouse Chair Set of 6 suggests. These handmade chairs are vintage from before the 2000s and have been inspected by the shop’s master craftsmen. So, we were assured of no damage or defects when the chair was delivered to us. What’s more, they all had been sanded, painted, and sealed according to our requested specifications, which we were impressed by. Since they’re vintage chairs, there were some imperfections that have been removed without hurting their beauty or integrity. The best bit? There were many paint colors and finish styles to choose from.

Pros

  • This is a set of six vintage chairs.
  • We could give specifications as to how we wanted the chairs finished.
  • We had the choice of nine colors to choose from.

Cons

  • Shipping times are long.
Chair Obsessed Custom Farmhouse Chair Set of 6 - by Etsy
Chair Obsessed Custom Farmhouse Chair Set of 6 – by Etsy

Dolphin Flamingo Bohemian Bamboo Rattan Wicker/Metal Dining Chairs

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We were looking for vintage chairs for our alfresco dining on the patio and fell in love with the Dolphin Flamingo Bohemian Bamboo Rattan Wicker/Metal Dining Chairs. This boho-chic set of four chairs dates back to before the 1980s, with the legs sitting on casters. We rather loved the comfort these rattan chairs bring, which in itself is unique. Every chair features a sturdy and well-designed bamboo rattan frame and front metal legs. Not only that, but they also come with a wicker backrest and green seat cushions, which were very comfortable to sit in for a long time, too. Even though they’re vintage, they have only minor wear and tear – nothing that we couldn’t live with.

“We were looking for alfresco dining chairs, and these lovely bamboo rattan chairs perfectly fit the bill.”

Dizzzi

While you’re looking at vintage patio furniture, why not look into vintage Etsy coffee tables too?

Pros

  • These chairs are vintage and date back to the 1980s.
  • They’re perfect and comfortable patio dining chairs.
  • They come in a set of four, so they’re great for a family.

Cons

  • There are no personalization or customization options.
Dolphin Flamingo Bohemian Bamboo Rattan Wicker-Metal Dining Chairs - by Etsy
Dolphin Flamingo Bohemian Bamboo Rattan Wicker-Metal Dining Chairs – by Etsy

Second Chances By Che Antique Hollywood Regency Dining Chairs

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The Second Chances By Che Antique Hollywood Regency Dining Chairs are perhaps the oldest chairs on this list, dating back to the 1920s. In fact, they’re on the brink of being antique rather than vintage, but they’re so gorgeous that we had to include them. Made from high-quality solid walnut hardwood, these chairs were an excellent addition to our bohemian dining area. We loved the intricate floral detailing on the legs as well as the carved geometric lattice work cross-rails. Plus, they were a good mix of two chairs without arms and two of them with reeded and turned arm supports. Finally, we loved the new addition of the newly reupholstered seats in white luxury and graphic black chenille.

Pros

  • Considering their nearly 100-year-old age, we loved the soft patination of the color.
  • They added a statement design to our dining area.
  • They came as a set of four chairs.

Cons

  • They’re expensive.
Second Chances By Che Antique Hollywood Regency Dining Chairs - by Etsy
Second Chances By Che Antique Hollywood Regency Dining Chairs – by Etsy

Studio 3030 Vintage Marcel Breuer Cesca Chairs

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We were looking for a pair of modern-vintage dining chairs for our for-two breakfast nook, and the Studio 3030 Vintage Marcel Breuer Cesca Chairs fit the bill perfectly. This pair of beautiful chairs dates back to the 1990s and is Hungarian-American designer Marcel Breuer’s famed Cesca design. In fact, the original design was a tribute to his adopted daughter Francesca and was created in 1928! These chairs follow the original design of rattan backing and seats and a tubular steel frame. Considering they’re vintage chairs from the 90s, the wooden frame and the chrome base are both in very good vintage condition. The only difference is the new upholstery in the form of kiwi-green felted wool.

Pros

  • These chairs come in a pair and are perfect for a breakfast nook for a couple.
  • The seller offers free worldwide shipping.
  • They’re the Cesca chairs designed by Marcel Breuer, so their value will only be enhanced.

Cons

  • They sell out quickly.
Studio 3030 Vintage Marcel Breuer Cesca Chairs - by Etsy
Studio 3030 Vintage Marcel Breuer Cesca Chairs – by Etsy

Artifacts Revival Vintage Set of 6 Windsor Birdcage Dining Chairs

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The Artifacts Revival Vintage Set of 6 Windsor Birdcage Dining Chairs occupy a special place in our hearts – and our dining rooms. These six elegant chairs, which date back to the 1980s, are made from faux bamboo. What’s more, the birdcage design of the chairs is from the 1857-established Nichols & Stone Co. in Gardner, Massachusetts. In fact, the chairs had the embossed company label and emblem, as well as stamped dates between 1987 and 1995. We loved the solid maple wood construction of the chairs, complete in a lovely cherry finish. Rounding things up are the mortise and tenon plank-style seats.

Pros

  • Despite being vintage, all chairs are in excellent condition.
  • The chairs work well in a variety of decors.
  • They’re made from solid maple wood and come in a set of 6.

Cons

  • None.
Artifacts Revival Vintage Set of 6 Windsor Birdcage Dining Chairs - by
Artifacts Revival Vintage Set of 6 Windsor Birdcage Dining Chairs – by

How To Choose The Best Etsy Vintage Dining Chairs?

Era and age

  • Style: For a dining chair to be vintage, it has to complement a specific chair style from that era.
  • Age of the chairs:  Another factor when we’re talking about the style of the chair is the most crucial factor – the age. The dining chair needs to be at least 20 years old for it to be termed as vintage. In fact, the age range for vintage chairs is 20-100 years.

Assembly

The second important factor is the way the chair has been assembled. Poorly made chairs feature Chinese bolts and washers and aren’t as strong or sturdy. Well-made chairs, on the other hand, feature wooden dowels and strong wood glue in their assembly. In fact, even the seat frame reinforcements are wood. 

Wood

Finally, the most important factor to consider, apart from aesthetics and style, is the wood. Above all, good vintage dining chairs are made from solid hardwood, like beech or maple. Those chairs made from very soft wood like gumwood or even MDF might look stylish but won’t stand the test of time.

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How can you tell if a chair is vintage?

You need to identify the materials used, that is, the type of wood, the seat covering, and what holds it together.

How to date an antique dining chair?

The markings of the manufacturer indicate when the piece of furniture was made.

Why are vintage chairs so expensive?

Since they’re usually considered to be highly collectible, the demand for vintage chairs is high, which drives up their price.

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