A Very Scandinavian Dining Room
Discover Scandinavian dining room furniture that you’ll enjoy for years to come
The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but the dining room is where meals are shared and savored. A simple meal can turn into hours of relaxation and conversation while gathered around a comfortable dining table.
Since Scandinavian design is all about simplicity, minimalism, and functional living spaces, a Scandinavian dining room design honors this ethos through simple elements that serve a purpose.
As you’ll see in this collection of Scandinavian dining room tables, Scandinavian dining benches, and Scandinavian dining chairs, functionality does not mean sacrificing beauty.
Mix and match different brands, materials, and neutral tones for the Scandinavian dining room of your dreams! You can trust that each piece of furniture will last for years upon years, holding your precious memories and withstanding the beautiful mess that is everyday life.
Scandinavian Dining Room Tables
A quality dining table is the center of the space. Choose a dining table that lasts for generations, providing a home base for sharing thoughtful conversations, comforting meals, and family game nights.
Have a seat at Skagerak’s Georg Dining Table made from a comforting mix of Nordic sensuality and Japanese minimalism, just like all pieces within Skagerak’s Georg collection. This solid oak Scandinavian dining table can comfortably seat up to six people.
Inspired by the classic trestle table, the Aldus Table from Skagerak is an elegant version of a practical dining table. Designed with quality materials and a maker’s feel, this rectangular table with elegantly rounded edges seats 6-8 people. The legs are adjustable, allowing you to level the table perfectly wherever you place it and avoid those annoying wobbles due to uneven floors.
With clean and simple lines, a classic oak finish, and an iconic style, the Linear Wood Table from Danish design brand MUUTO is an heirloom piece of furniture that you can use every day. For smaller spaces, try the 140 x 85 size that’s perfect for studios, breakfast nooks, or any smaller spaces. Thomas Bentzen is the designer behind this classic Scandinavian dining room table. His designs have received recognition and applause around the world. Bentzen designed a matching Linear Wood Bench, too.
With legs and edge-bands made with Finnish birch, Artek’s classic Table 81A radiates natural beauty and warmth. Designed to age gracefully over time and last across generations, this dining table conveys a relaxed familiarity with Alvar Aalto’s iconic L-shaped leg design originally introduced in 1935. There’s a lead time for this table, but considering it lasts forever, it’s well worth the wait!
“The inspiration to this table was how a disc visually can float in the air,” says Herman Studio regarding the Frisbee Table designed for Form and Refine. “To create that light expression, the construction is centered at the middle. That makes it possible to sit anywhere around the table without colliding with the legs of the table.”
The solid wood tabletop with its fine rounded edge is lovingly contrasted with strong raw steel legs that feature a special coated matte chrome surface. The round table invites conversation and always leaves room to pull up an extra chair. The thoughtful design of the legs makes it easy to fit up to seven chairs around the table!
We wrote all about Form and Refine here.
Made from solid English walnut, the Edge Dining Table comfortably seats six to eight people. The minimal design includes a subtle center reveal, adding a thoughtful detail to a simple design. We opted for a close-up of this table to showcase the gorgeous details in the solid wood joinery. It’s part of the LAX series of solid wood furniture from MASH Studios.
We wrote all about the LAX Series of Scandinavian wood furniture here.
Benches are such a practical way to maximize seating at a dining table while also sliding underneath the table while not in use.
Here you can get a closer look at the LAX Series Edge Dining Table with the matching LAX Series Dining Bench. Featuring solid English walnut with a natural oil finish, we love the minimal aesthetic of this bench. There’s a matching stool, too, one of many featured in our round-up of 17 Scandinavian stools.
Find a perfect match to Skagerak’s Georg Dining Table with the Georg Bench. The signature slender wooden poles and rounded edges are lovingly crafted from FSC-certified oak. Each bench comes with a woolen cushion supported by two braided leather straps that neatly keep the pillow in place and add a thoughtful little detail to the design. It comes in both oak and black oak!
Skagerak knows how to design benches, and the Cutter Bench in Teak is the perfect example. Inspired by the German Bauhaus movement, this slatted seat has clean simple lines and honest materials. Add a few cushions for cozy seating in the dining room, or take your dining experience to the fresh air since it's durable enough to be used outdoors.
We wrote all about Skagerak’s Cutter collection here.
For a more organic look, turn to the Vent Bench. Vent is Danish for “wait,” since the Vent Bench was initially designed as museum seating. The seat itself is made from a hand-woven paper cord that is both hard-wearing and extremely comfortable! Wrapped around a back steel frame, the organic look provides a minimal expression with strong craftsmanship that will last for years to come.
Scandinavian Dining Chairs
The simplicity of Scandinavian design offers countless ways to style a dining room. Use a combination of Scandinavian dining chairs and benches, benches and stools, or just a set of chairs. Either way, we have plenty of options for you to consider.
“The Nerd Chair takes a playful approach to the archetypical wooden chair through its innovative integration of seat and back, adding to the design’s unique expression,” says David Geckler, the designer behind the Nerd Chair from MUUTO. “While its details are contemporary and unique in their own way, the overall expression of the chair ties in with the honest values of Scandinavian design. Nerd Chair brings new perspectives to Scandinavian design by combining the traditional material of wood with a simple yet eccentric design language, making for a timeless chair that adds character to any space.”
This Scandinavian dining chair features a back and seat made with form-pressed veneer alongside solid wood legs, all protected with a water-based lacquer.
“The idea for the Visu Chair was to create an elegantly simple interpretation of the archetypal plywood chair,” says Mika Tolvanen, who designed this chair for MUUTO. “I wanted for the design to have a subdued and timeless character that would add feelings of modern familiarity to any room together with a comfortable seat in form-pressed veneer. The Visu Chair is a new perspective on the traditional wooden chair, echoing the ideas of Scandinavian design together with a modern expression.”
The chair’s wood base, simple and comfortable form, and quiet silhouette brings lightness into the design, making it a lovely addition to any Scandinavian dining room.
“With the Oslo Side Chair, we wanted to create a design that had a light and airy appearance with extensive comfort,” says Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll, the designers who worked with MUUTO on this Scandinavian chair design. “Its smooth, embracing curves make it a both inviting and sculptural design while the slender legs give it an elevated and refined look. The Oslo Side Chair creates a new perspective on the traditional form with its rounded softness and gentle seat—a friendly design for any setting of the modern home, restaurant, and workplace.”
The first-ever upholstered side chair from MUUTO, this piece is a modern and vibrant take on a comfortable seat while still keeping an elegant silhouette.
“The rigidity of the frame against the softness of the seat and backrest creates a welcoming contrast—like an invitation to sit down,” says Thomas Bentzen about his Loft Chair design for MUUTO. “The steel frame features simple joints and welds, lending a precise and solid appearance to the chair. The curved seat and backrest contrast this, making the Loft Chair very human and comfortable.”
The powder-coated steel frame comes in several muted shades: black, white, dusty rose, and dusty green. Combine several colors to add a pop of interest to your space without overwhelming your entire design.
“With this chair we searched to balance something refined and robust at the same time,” says Herman Studio about the Blueprint Chair in White Oak from Form and Refine. “We aimed for a chair with distinct character and gave it elongated back legs that smoothly grip the curved backrest. It should also be stackable, comfortable and fit into any environment.”
We love how this extraordinarily shaped seat is made entirely out of wood, with a shape inspired by the human body itself. The stackable design makes it easy to stow away extra chairs when not in use.
Made from natural oak or black ash, the Synnes Dining Chair from Menu is a distinctively modern take on the classic Scandinavian dining chair. The gentle curve of the chair’s backrest is both comfortable and sleek, making it sturdy enough to use for many years.
We wrote all about Menu’s community approach to Danish design here.
For a refreshingly light and airy aesthetic, turn to the Studio WM String Dining Chair from Menu. This set of two chairs comes in black or white and is ready to withstand the elements either outside or inside. We love the thin wire and delicate form. Add a matching cushion for added comfort, and take a look at the matching lounge chair set for a cohesive design.
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