Oak Kitchen Chairs

The warm tones of oak bring beauty to any kitchen.
Blue and White Cottage Kitchen with Arched Windows

Blue and White Cottage Kitchen with Arched Windows

From

House Hunters on Vacation

This blue and white country cottage kitchen features white cabinets, white columns, and arched picture windows. A rustic farmhouse table with intricate wood carvings serves as the focal point of the room. A vaulted ceiling extends the space and gives this kitchen an open, airy feel.

By: Gina Hannah

Oak kitchen chairs are typically associated with a country look—with somewhat heavy and ornate furniture. But if you like this wood, you can find chairs in a wide range of styles, including contemporary.

Dress Up Your Design: Accessorize a Bland Kitchen

Before: Too White Kitchen

Vintage Glass Containers

Chalkboard Vinyl Square Labels

Large Wall Letters

Vintage Handpainted Chocolate Pot

Hand-Painted Platter

Black-and-White Teapot

Parchment Prints

Tea Towels

Upcycled Spoon and Fork Hooks

Shabby Chic Key Rack

Antique Turquoise Canister

Vintage Wall Clock

Homeowners are attracted to oak for several reasons. Because it is a hard wood, it's a good, durable choice for chairs. It is popular with furniture makers because of its strength and because it resists fungus and pests. It is also popular—with homeowners, designers and furniture makers—because of the wood's warm, appealing tones.

There are many different types of oak, but white American oak is the type most often used to build furniture. While your first mental image of oak chairs probably shows them in their natural wood state, another option is painting them to match, blend or provide a color pop in your kitchen. Or you can purchase oak chairs with a stain, or stain the bare wood yourself before adding a finish. In a good oak piece, the grain should show beautifully before painting.

To find oak chairs that will suit your both your kitchen's decor and your family's needs, there are many sources available. Your budget will come into play when choosing. Are you buying chairs for a kitchen table or stools for an island or breakfast bar? How many do you need? If you're on a tight budget, you can start with large discount stores and home improvement stores. Or take your search to antique stores or online retailers. Even thrift stores, estate sales and yard sales can turn up some good finds.

If you want (and can afford) a custom look, you can also go that route. Many designers and craftsmen will work with you to find the perfect design for your kitchen, whether it includes multiple wood tones, cushioned seats, or unique lines in the chairs' legs, arms or backs.

Amish furniture makers have become a popular source for oak furniture, including kitchen chairs. These craftsmen are known for building sturdy furniture that will last for generations to come, and the styles available vary widely beyond what would be considered "traditional" Amish, from country styles with highly detailed spindles and backs to Arts and Crafts-style pieces with sophisticated, curved lines. An Internet or word-of-mouth search should turn up good sources.

Once you've purchased your oak kitchen chairs, be sure to keep them clean, as dust and grime can settle into the wood's grain and damage it over time.

The Best Kitchen Barstools for Every Budget

Next Up

Oak Kitchen Cabinets

Learn all about oak kitchen cabinets and discover why this type of wood has stayed so popular in kitchen designs everywhere.

Oak Kitchen Cabinets

Get great info on oak kitchen cabinets, and learn why this classic, sturdy wood could be the right choice for your kitchen design.

Amish Kitchen Chairs

These heirloom pieces are treasures you'll be proud to own.

How to Install Hardwood Flooring in a Kitchen

Installing hardwood flooring in a kitchen is a great option because it lasts a long time. The experts show how to install fold and lock hardwood flooring material.

Refinishing Kitchen Chairs and Stools

A little time and elbow grease will help give tired chairs a fresh look.

Aluminum Kitchen Chairs

Durable and versatile, aluminum is a popular choice for kitchen chairs.

Hardwood Flooring in the Kitchen

Hardwood floors are classic, timeless and durable. You can choose from a variety of colors and finishes to fit your needs

Wrought Iron Kitchen Chairs

Bring strength and artistry to your kitchen with wrought iron chairs.

Metal Kitchen Chairs

For chairs with style and durability, it's hard to beat metal.

Painted Kitchen Chairs

For an instant color pop, slip chairs painted in a beautiful color under your kitchen table.

On TV

Catch Up With Our Blogs

We're serving up the latest news, gorgeous style, DIY projects, clever entertaining tips & more.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.