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Outdoor Dining Chair Options

Now that the weather has (mostly) warmed up, I’m eager to get to work outside. I’m still looking for a matching set of dining chairs for the backyard. I would love to own any of these, but buying eight of them would be pretty pricey:

Here’s what we’ll likely end up with:

I haven’t sat in the Blankö chair (my IKEA doesn’t have it yet), but Brandon and I both like the simple lines of it. I’ve considered the Urban chair before, but I always think it looks a little funny in person. Maybe out of the store and in the context of my garden it would look more stylish? They look sharp in this photo that ran in Blueprint:

Which chair would you choose?

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    Erika @ Practical Princess
    April 6, 2010 at 11:41 pm


    Just wanted to say that I adore your style. Whether it’s your home, business or blog, love it all!

    I have an interior design type of blog and wanted to know if it was OK that I shared all this love for your style on my blog. I made sure to link back to your page.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    April 7, 2010 at 12:15 am

    #1 and #4 are my favorites.

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    April 7, 2010 at 2:07 am

    I like either of the IKEA chairs…but now I’m really missing Blueprint. Dang that was a good magazine!

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    April 7, 2010 at 3:58 am

    we have the urban chairs in green; they are inside mostly, so I can’t tell you how they hold up to weather, but I can tell you that they are comfortable, and great for the kids – no sharp edges or corners, light and sturdy.

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    April 7, 2010 at 6:44 am

    I love the Urban, think they look so comfy. We bought our garden furniture just before they hit IKEA in Dublin and I wish I’d seen them before making purchase.

    That said, I’m not sure I love them $20 per chair more than the Blankö ;) Unless maybe there was a pink version of the Urban… Yum.

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    Laurie Jones
    April 7, 2010 at 7:38 am

    The Urban Chair has always been a favorite of mine, everytime I’m at Ikea and having a slice of their chocolate cake with some of their yummy coffee I’m always surprised at how comfy those chairs are in the restaurant, that just so happen to be the urban chair! Can’t wait to see what you do to the backyard this year!

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    April 7, 2010 at 8:00 am

    I have the Urban chairs for the kitchen table and they work fine in my small apartment. They are pretty sturdy and I plan on using them as outside patio type seating once I buy a home next year.

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    April 7, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I think the Urban chairs are really great for indoors and outdoors!

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    April 7, 2010 at 8:36 am

    U R B A N!!!!
    Have a nice day!!

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    April 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

    A Metropolitan & Urban Combo

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    April 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Re Above: Not a single chair mash-up but a few of each ; )

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    Taylor B.
    April 7, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I would go with the plastic, anyway, just so I wouldn’t get burned on the metal chairs when they heat up in the sun…even if you did add a cushion…just leaning back would hurt.

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    April 7, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Honestly, these chairs do not look comfortable. You want to have dinner outside and linger and relax and talk, etc. You may not find any in your style, but a swivel, rocker type of outdoor chair is my pick. I have 3 sets of outdoor furniture scattered in/around my pool, upper deck and outdoor kitchen area. I love them for the following reasons:
    1. Comfortable – totally!
    2. U don’t have to scoot them in/out to get up – you turn (b/c they swivel) and get up
    3. They rock, so you can lean back a bit and really relax and have a conversation.

    I have tall back and standard back chairs and would not buy the tall backs again – can’t see over them, etc.

    My table also has a lazy susan in the middle – great option as well. Just a thought – but with table, 4 chairs, cushions, etc the set was about 1,200. Not sure where that falls in the price range you were aiming for – but isn’t comfort priceless(?) – Kristy

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    April 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    My mom found similar chairs to #1 at Costco last year. Perhaps they’re carrying them again!

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    April 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I like the IKEA chair, the Blankö one. But then, I’m from Sweden so I might not be objective :) It just looks like a semi-traditional chair, just more….weather-functional :D

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    April 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I would go with the Blankö one and spray paint them to look like the Metro chair!

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    April 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I like chair number 5. Don’t worry about the damages because of the weather. Wherever we live, exterior furniture don’t last as much as the inside one.

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    April 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I vote for the Urban chair – and love it in the orange like in the Blueprint picture.

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    April 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I just saw the Blankö chair at Ikea, and I LOVE it, I think I might get some for myself.

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    April 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Urban all the way!

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    April 7, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I like the urban, esp. in the baby blue…

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    Elisa @ whatthevita
    April 7, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I just went to a local restaurant in Austin and saw the urban chairs in their outdoor patio and thought of you! These chairs are green and they look whimsical and cute. I liked them paired with their wood tables…

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    April 7, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    You have to check out the Loop chair at Urban Outfitters…super cute.

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    April 7, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    What about these Reed chairs from CB2?

    I just ordered a few for my dining room, but I’m sure they’d be beautiful outdoors as well. And at half the price of the Tolix chairs, they’re a bit more affordable.

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    Funnelcloud Rachel
    April 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    This is kind of similar to #2 – not quite as cool and industrial, but only $59.

    (I’ve been obsessed with finding chairs for our patio and your post yesterday has spurred extensive internet research!)

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    alexandra keller
    April 8, 2010 at 12:18 am

    wow – people really have opinions about chairs. i say go with the best you can afford. if you get cheap plastic chairs, they won’t last (AZ weather is extreme also), so i would go with metal and soften them up with cushions – Sunbrella fabrics last and won’t fade. while you may spend more initially, you won’t be buying chairs every year.

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    French furniture
    April 8, 2010 at 4:53 am

    I can’t believe the Blanko chair is only 19.99. That’s real bargain!

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    April 8, 2010 at 5:21 am

    I remember that Blueprint article – very cute. I think I would go with chairs same style as chair #1. I have had this photo on my inspiration board for a while now.
    The stool in it is the same style as the chair. I also like the table set up with those metal chairs that I posted a while ago. I love the way the chairs mix with many styles.

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      Making it Lovely
      April 8, 2010 at 11:23 am

      So pretty. Brandon just told me yesterday that he thinks those chairs look like “cheap watering cans”! I love them though.

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    April 8, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Thanks for posting the picture of the teak table with the urban chairs! We have a teak table and chairs in the backyard and I have been toying with the idea of switching out the chairs for the urban chairs. Just as a heads up: someone is selling 4 of the white urban chairs on the Chicago craigslist for $70. Not a bad deal!

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      Making it Lovely
      April 8, 2010 at 11:24 am

      I’m waiting to hear back from the seller… hopefully I can grab the set!

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    April 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    We just got the Blankö and they are super comfy – the in-laws were hanging out on them last weekend. You can buy .99 cent cushions at ikea that match. Our ikea didn’t get the white ones, so we went with the turquoise and loooove them! They look really expensive in real life – nicely powdercoated. Good luck!

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    April 8, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    All these chairs have great lines…the Urban chair does look fantastic in that photo spread….Are you looking at a particular color?…that orange looks fantastic & really pops…its very you…stands out in a classy way :) Cant wait to see what you decide on.

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    A Jill of All Trades
    April 9, 2010 at 10:45 am

    My mother has some bucket style metal chairs that look like they were made from old wash bins….I’ll aske her where she got them and how much they were.

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    A Jill of All Trades
    April 9, 2010 at 10:46 am

    They’re shaped like the #3 in the first group, but the back is solid.

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    April 12, 2010 at 3:24 am

    I love these! But metal outdoors? Burned bums come to mind ;)

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    April 12, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    highly recommend the cafe chair from dwr. we have four of them and i can sit in them for much much time. dont bother with the cushions.

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    Lisa sp
    April 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    We have these chairs on our deck in Minnesota, although I do bring them in during the winter. We have had them for two years and they still look great.

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    June 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Went with the Tolix. Bought four without the arms, but will buy two with the arms this summer. You can buy them at
    They have an amazing collection and located right outside of Chicago.

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    December 6, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I just bought the urban chair and am looking for a colorful seat cushion to with it. Did you ever find the need for a seat cushion to make it more comfortable? If so do you have any leads? The size is unique.

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