If you love to throw dinner parties and your dining room furniture needs to be upgraded, you may want to take note of the advice here.
Ensure the set you pick allows you to walk around the dining area when it's occupied
When evaluating a set of dining room furniture, you should check both the set's dimensions and your dining room's dimensions and ensure that when the chairs are around the table, there will still be enough room for you to walk around this furniture set without any difficulty.
When you throw a dinner party, it is important to ensure that you can keep your guests' drinks topped up and that you can serve each of them their meal. If the table and seats you buy are so large that, when the seats are occupied, there is barely enough space for the guests to pull their chairs out and get up from the table, then you'll find it impossible to be the kind of fabulous dinner-party host you want to be, as you simply won't be able to access certain parts of the occupied dining set.
As such, whilst it is important to get a dining set that's spacious enough for your guests to dine at it comfortably, you should not opt for one that is even slightly too large for your dining room.
Get upholstered dining chairs that have lots of cushioning
In this situation, it's probably best to pick upholstered chairs that have a lot of padding. If you were only planning to use this dining set for your own daily meals, which probably don't last for more than 40 minutes at most, then you would probably feel quite comfortable sitting on a hard chair for these fairly brief periods.
However, due to the lengthy duration of most dinner parties, your guests might complain of sore legs and backs after a couple of hours if you make them sit on solid chairs. Getting upholstered chairs that are nicely padded with soft materials will ensure your guests will be content to savor the last of the dessert and the wine and to engage in interesting conversation long after you've finished serving the food. Choosing these dining chairs will also mean that you won't have to improvise during dinner parties by, for example, bringing your guests the cushions from your living room so they can place them on their seats.