Once you’ve figured out how many chairs you need to purchase, consider material. This is a relatively easy choice as you really just need to go with your family's requirements. Plastic chairsis great for kids since it's a softer material and easier to clean; upholstered dining chairs and slipcovered seats always add a lovely element of both color and class, but are less forgiving when it comes to spills and dirt. Wood chairsis often the go-to option, though a wood piece without a seat cushion is often uncomfortable for long periods of time, and seat cushions can collect dirt and debris relatively fast (this is also true for metal chairs). In the end, style is important but comfort is crucial, so when browsing dining chairs, consider pieces that blend flair with functionality.