Chairs should not be rickety or wobble. In the event the chair has a padded seat, the corners should be reinforced with screwed-in (not glued) corner blocks. Padded seats should be removable so that the cover can be changed. Fabric covered chairs might not be appealing if you have young children who are messy eaters. Leather is a great option for quick cleanup, as is stain resistant microfiber upholstery. Slip covers on Parson's chairs are another easily cleaned option for the dining area.
Wood is tops, but don't discount glass. The advantage of a glass-top dining table is the fact it works well with many decor themes. And since it has a reflective surface, it is a great choice for an area that might need to look just a little lighter and brighter. Glass dining tables are tough, too. Today's versions are created with tempered safety glass, which means the glass resists scratches and heat and won't shatter if knocked.
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