With their straight backs and stately stature, these chairs look striking around a dining room table or standing tall against a wall. Read on to see different ways to bring the iconic seat into your home, whether you opt for one chair, two, or even more.
Use One Chair…
…as a focal point next to a chest of drawers or in an entryway. The ladder-back’s height and small footprint means it can make a major design statement without taking up much space.
Pro tip: Extra-tall versions are best pushed up against the wall so that they don’t disrupt the flow of your room
Crafted from thin slats, ladder-backs take up such little visual space, you can set them in front of an architectural detail like crown molding or a fireplace and they won’t block the view.
Ladder-back chairs are best juxtaposed with other periods of furniture. I have a ladder-back paired with a Danish Modern George Tanier cabinet in my living room.
Let a ladder-back stand in as an unexpected side table holding towels in your bathroom, books in your library, or bedside essentials in your bedroom.
Use Two Chairs…
…to flank a sideboard or a buffet, at the head and foot of your table, or tucked into a breakfast nook. Remember: There’s power in pairs. Symmetry is the quickest way to a cohesive, pulled-together look in any space.
In your dining room, dual ladder-backs look regal against the wall—and give you an extra set of chairs to pull in in a pinch.
If your entryway is large enough, consider matching chairs on either side of the entrance. The seats’ tall, lean lines mirror those of the door, and they’ll give you a spot to perch when slipping shoes on or off.
Use Four or More Chairs…
…around your dining table. Let them encircle your table, opt for pairs on each side with a different style (wingbacks, maybe?) at the head and the foot, or line them up along one edge for a look that’s style-forward but functional.
Modern reinterpretations of the chair work well in unconventional seating arrangements and perfectly complement other streamlined furniture.
Sometimes less is more: A full set of simple wood ladder-backs looks effortlessly cool when tucked into a rustic table and riffing off other woods in a boho room.