About kitchen chair seat cushions

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About kitchen chair seat cushions
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Kitchen chair seat cushions add comfort and style. An uncomfortable chair can ruin the best dinner. Usually kitchen chairs take a back seat to the food when it comes to planning your meal. Put just as much thought into your kitchen chair seat cushions as you would a good meal, to keep everyone happy and comfortable.

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History

Kitchen chair cushions have changed throughout the years. In the 1950s kitchen chair seat cushions were made of vinyl and the chair frames were made of chrome. The 1970s chairs were groovy with flowers and lots of colours, including the dreaded avocado green. The 1980s style varied from dark oak spindle kitchen chairs with seat cushions that were removable and tied onto the back, to the wicker chair look. Black lacquer chairs were popular in the 1990s.

About kitchen chair seat cushions
This wicker chair with dark wood was popular in the '80s

Style

Kitchen chair seat cushions can be stylish. The cushions should match the style in the rest of your house. If you have a retro kitchen, get retro vinyl red seat cushions for a fun, funky look. To jazz up a country style kitchen, try heavy wood chairs with alternate colour seat cushions that match the colours in your kitchen. If you have a modern style, stick with sleek simple chairs with a dark, rich seat cushion colour. Try wide striped seat cushions to add a touch of elegance.

Function

The basic function of a kitchen chair seat cushion is to serve as a padding to add comfort. The more comfortable your chairs, the longer diners will want to linger over a meal. Have a dinner you want over quickly? Bring in kitchen chairs that have very little cushion on the seat. Your guest will unconsciously eat faster to get out of the uncomfortable chairs. If you want to spend time talking and enjoying a meal, use chairs that offer enough padding to be comfortable and are big enough for guests to relax in.

Options

Do you have an old kitchen chair with ugly or dated seat cushions and can't afford to buy new ones? There are options to upgrade your seat cushions. Reupholster the seat cushions yourself or pay someone else to do it for you. It will be cheaper than buying a whole new set of chairs. Can't afford to reupholster the chairs? Buy seat covers that slip over the old chairs.

Practicality

Kitchen chair seat cushions need to look good and feel good, but they have to be practical too. If you have kids, you need seat cushions that are stain resistant and easily washable. Fabrics like microfiber or even vinyl seat cushions might be better for you. Even if you don't have kids, you still need to worry about accidental spills. Silk seat cushions are beautiful, but they aren't very practical. If you have to have them, consider covering them for everyday use and uncovering them for special meals.

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