Many side chairs are attractive and versatile enough to be used at a desk or a dining table. (And that flexibility won’t cost you a dime.)
Where to Go
- Ikea sells sturdy solid-wood chairs starting at about $20 (ikea.com). Many are unfinished, so you can paint them any color you like.
- West Elm, the chain known for minimalist pieces in distinctive colors, has chairs at $99 and up (westelm.com).
- Design Within Reach offers modernist chairs that are reasonably priced without looking like compromises (dwr.com).
- Make sure your pick is sturdy. If the back has any wiggle to it, take a pass.