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Dining Chairs vs Dining Benches

Dining Chairs vs Dining Benches

At Out and Out we have a variety of contemporary options to choose from, depending on your style of home, desired aesthetic and material preference. 

With the dining area often cited as being the heart of the home, it is important to create a homely and welcoming environment, somewhere to enjoy long evenings with friends and family over delicious food and fine wine. Contemporary in design and with quality and durability at their core, our collections will stand the test of time.

Dining Chairs

If you are looking for a more formal dining experience, then perhaps our collection of dining chairs would be more suitable. With an array of colour schemes on offer, and material options from sophisticated velvet to hard-wearing polypropylene to choose from, we can help you to create the perfect dining room set-up. 

Our velvet chairs are great for those of you who prefer something warm and inviting, with an added touch of luxury. Our Astrid Velvet Chairs, which come as a pair, are available in pink, green or grey colourways. Opt for the pink or green option to elevate a space and create a design feature, or for something more neutral, choose our grey style. Upholstered in the finest velvet fabric, these chairs exude both richness and comfort.

The Astrid chairs are extremely versatile designs, thanks to their elegant silhouette and tapered legs, making them suited to both traditional homes and contemporary flats. The legs boast a white oak-look finish, which adds a contemporary element to the collection. 

Another velvet option is our Aria Velvet Chairs, which are available in green, blue or grey. The Aria is a design which will create a statement whilst ensuring that comfort is unrivalled, due to its sculpted seat. The sleek, black legs of the Aria chair are constructed using steel for unmatched durability, making this design suitable for the demands of busy homes.


A contemporary choice is our Arabella range, which combines both comfort and function, whilst adding a fun and stylish look to any dining room arrangement. The chairs feature metal splayed legs, a polypropylene seat and cross patterned backrest, which further emphasises the contemporary feel of this collection.

Our Aurora chair is closely related to Arabella, which features the same patterned back and is also available in a teal, white or grey hue. The main difference between the two designs is that the Arabella features armrests and is therefore a more formal dining chair option, whereas the Aurora, is better suited to more casual environments. 

If an industrial aesthetic is more your style, then check out our Varna Square Leather Dining Chairs. The chairs feature a sturdy high back, perfect for spending long periods of time around the dining table. Varna is offered in a neutral colourway and minimalist design, allowing it to be paired with other furniture styles, such as our Shelton Oak Bench. 

Dining Benches

Our Shelton Oak Bench adds a touch of farmhouse chic to any dining space. The stylish bench is a simple yet effective design, which can be paired beautifully with most decor schemes. With an industrial influence, this contemporary product is perfect for family dinners and hosting friends.

The Shelton is available in 150cm and 180cm and is a firm favourite with children and adults alike, as the benches offer an effortlessly relaxed feel, whilst remaining on-trend. Benches work particularly well in open-plan kitchen-diners, due to their informal nature.

Made from a sturdy oak wood and black lacquered legs, the bench is an ideal choice for everyday use.

Dining Chairs vs Benches

Whether you’re a lover of contemporary or traditional seats, there are a few design rules to consider. For a more formal dining room look, high-backed chairs are a great choice, whilst our bench option will add a more informal element.

It is also important to consider who will be using the products. If you have a young family, our velvet offerings might not be the most sensible choice. Opt for a product which is easy to clean, such as our resin and polypropylene chairs.

Our Shelton bench is also a great option for kids, whereas if you have older family members, you might want to consider something with a supportive back.

Another factor to consider is whether you require armrests or not. If you host dinner parties, which often last for many hours, you will benefit from a design with armrests, however if your dining space is tight and meals are rushed, you could go without.


In conclusion to this article, our advice is to first consider the space you have available, secondly you should determine your dining habits and thirdly choose something based on your own personal preference. 

We offer a versatile selection of products, and if you can’t decide on one particular style, then mixing our designs can be a sensible and aesthetically pleasing solution. Opt for some high-back designs for the adults and throw in a bench for the kids to enjoy. Don’t be afraid of mixing two colours together, for example by choosing two green chairs and two pink chairs from the same collection, you can create a real design statement.

All of Out and Out’s products are covered by a One Year Structural Guarantee. Therefore, if any of our products develop faults during this time, please contact us and we can issue you with a replacement. 

Exceptions to this guarantee are:

  • Domestic products used in commercial environments

  • General Wear and Tear

  • Faults due to misuse or inappropriate due care

Please note: Following the recent vessel blockage in the Suez Canal, the resulting backlog has led to considerably limited space on shipment vessels, therefore causing delays to the shipments of some products. To account for these delays, please allow an additional 3-4 weeks on top of the advertised delivery timescale, as well as our made-to-order sofas and armchairs.

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