'F' for Furniture Dining Room The Victorian House

Spool Dining Chairs

“Where are those chairs from?” It’s a question that’s asked every time I share my dining room. I’m happy to share, but unfortunately, nobody is selling the same ones anymore.

Dining Room, Wood Trim, Black Spool Chairs | Making it Lovely

We used to have Industry West’s Marais A chairs at the table. We still have them stored in the basement — they’re stackable and we use them when hosting for Christmas or other large gatherings.

Subtle Pink Dining Room with Wood Trim, Making it Lovely

They’re great chairs and hold up beautifully, but I liked them better in our previous house. I wanted a different look here, and it took a while before we were ready to buy. A full set of 8 dining chairs is expensive! Just as we were ready to purchase and I had decided on Abacus dining chairs by Noir, they were discontinued. I was almost able to get them at a great price because of it, but there weren’t enough left in stock. Next on my list was Redford House’s Abigail chair, but then I came across Baxton Studio’s Heather chair and those are the ones we have in our dining room.

Dining Chairs with Traditional Details

The Abacus and Heather chairs are so similar because they’re both reproductions of antique spool chairs. Below are examples from 1st Dibs (chair 1, 2).

Antique Spool Dining Side Chairs

So where can you buy them now?

I started sourcing for this post in hopes of finding similar styles, and there are not many out there. The closest right now would be One Kings Lane’s Barton Spindle Side Chairs.

One Kings Lane - Barton Spindle Side Dining Chairs

Ballard Designs’ Livia Spool Chair has similar elements and is very cute. The Redford House Abigail chair I had initially considered is still in production too. I’m not aware of anything more spot-on, but if this were for a client, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of these.

Ballard Designs - Livia Dining Spool Chairs
Redford House - Abigail Dining Chairs

Going vintage/antique is another good option for simimlar chairs, and a coat of black paint on an interesting shape goes a long way. Phrases to search for online in this case: spool, spindle, bobbin, turned, barley twist, Jenny Lind. Spool is the most accurate term, but all of those have the potential to turn up something similar. Searching for other historical styles can be helpful (they’re sometimes mislabeled). Try “side chair” or “dining chair” and Jacobean, Georgian, colonial, federal, empire, regency, or ladder back.

And whatever chairs you have, if the seats are upholstered I highly, highly, highly recommend getting seat covers to safeguard against kids or other particularly messy people in your life. These are the ones we have (you can see the straps on the chair in the center below). The fabric would be so gross on the kids’ seats if we didn’t have the covers on.

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  • Kari
    August 28, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Love your chairs, all your original woodwork and so looking forward to your reveal of the dining room. Thanks for posting.

  • Haley
    August 28, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    I got curious if I could find any and came across the Barton Spindle Chair (https://www.onekingslane.com/p/4692912-barton-spindle-side-chair-forest-velvet.do?refType=&from=Search). It doesn’t come in black but they have it in Chestnut or Ivory with a bunch of different options for upholstery.

    I do love those chairs! Can’t wait to see the rest of the dining room come together.

    • Making it Lovely
      August 28, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      Oooh, big face palm! I meant to include it! I started writing the post last week, got sidetracked with work, and then forgot about that one. Thank you! I’ve edited the post.

  • Steph
    August 28, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Are the chairs comfortable to sit in? They are gorgeous to look at but I wonder about the spindles against your back.

    • Making it Lovely
      October 29, 2020 at 6:19 pm

      They feel fine, but admittedly not as soft as something like an upholstered chair.

  • Irene
    August 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    I would love to know more about your buffet! Is that wallpaper on the inside? We have a similar built in and I look and ponder what to do with it all the time. It definitely needs a pop of color to make my glasses and liquor bottles pop. I’m wondering if what you did is temporary of if you made a permanent choice inside the cupboards.

    • Making it Lovely
      October 29, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      It’s temporary! I tacked them in place with wooden pushpins.

  • Ilgiz
    October 28, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    The chairs are not just ugly, they are repulsive. Even looking at them is unpleasant. Absolutely not suitable for anything.
    Wall lights are too small to match the style of the furniture.
    On the table is an urn for the ashes of the dead, dirty pink.
    Do you seriously consider this all a good design?

    • Making it Lovely
      October 29, 2020 at 6:18 pm

      I do, thanks!

      p.s. That’s a ginger jar.

  • Mel
    October 29, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    The chairs are not just cute, they are stunning. Just looking at them makes me happy. Perfect for dining so that you are comfortable enough for a meal but not so comfy that you fall asleep full before adjourning to a living room.
    The wall lights compliment the ceiling light perfectly without taking away from it.
    The ginger jar is such a fun touch and a gorgeous shade of pink.
    I love this room, and even more so now that it’s painted pink!

    • A
      October 29, 2020 at 7:30 pm

      That ^^

      Love the contrast. The differing tones in the natural wood trim and dark wood chairs make them both stand out, and the soft edges of the round, sculptural spindles add a lot of interest and balance the more squared trim and ceiling beams.