Restaurant owners often choose authentic American diner chairs for their charming retro look. But they are comfortable too and easy to clean and maintain. In keeping with the chrome and vinyl seats teamed with wipe-down Formica tables in the 1950s, the contemporary version looks just as good in sit-down restaurants as they do in fast-food establishments and old-school restaurant booths.
Typically, restaurant diner chairs are constructed with a chromed metal frame that supports a padded seat and back that is separated from the seat. The thickness of the seats varies according to style, as does the shape and finish of the back. For instance, some backs may be tufted, with four buttons, while others feature a channeled back that might be horizontal or vertical in configuration. Handle backs are also common and true to the original vintage style.