The upholstered dining chair. The origin of the word "chair" comes from the Latin "cathedra." Seating for bishops and lords in cathedrals was distinguished by an upright structure, while common folk sat on benches or stools.Once you have chosen your table, you can choose your chairs. Scale is equal to comfort, and the wrong chair will be a cruel, daily reminder of that. The most comfortable seat height for a dining chair is when there is 10 to 12 inches between the top of the seat and the top of the dining table. If your chair is 18 to 20 inches from the floor to the top of the seat, it will fit well under a standard table. If you are buying off the showroom floor, a good way to judge the quality of an upholstered chair is to feel under the seat. If it's hollow, it may not be worth your money. Feel for tightly woven webbing, usually made of jute or nylon, as this is the strongest. The coil springs are held together by this webbing. Stretchy, elastic webbing is a cheaper version and won't last as long. A quality hardwood chair frame that has been doweled (small, round wooden pegs, glued and screwed into the timber joints) will last a lifetime.These fully upholstered dining chairs look incredibly comfortable. The seats are gently molded, and the backs are rounded for lumbar support, ensuring guests will enjoy their stay.