Creating a Retro Kitchen: Tables and Chairs

by lakeerieartists

Retro is very hot, and you can find lots of very interesting retro kitchen furniture, small appliances, and accessories for affordable prices.

Are you looking to decorate your kitchen in a retro fashion? Retro is very hot, and you can find lots of very interesting retro kitchen furniture, small appliances, and accessories for affordable prices both brand new, and authentic vintage retro decor.

This article is one of a series of how to create a retro kitchen articles. Links to the rest of the articles are at the bottom of the page.

Your kitchen table and chairs are the heart of your kitchen, and one of the places most families spend most of their time at home. There are several retro table and chair sets to choose from depending which retro look you are going for. However, in addition to looking retro, you need to keep in mind that your kitchen table and kitchen chairs need to be practical, easy to clean, and able to take a lot of wear and tear.

Retro 50's and 60's Kitchen

Retro kitchen table and chairsThe 1950s and 1960s are a great retro look for your kitchen. The design of the chairs and tables of the era are simple geometric lines, and the materials are easy to clean and maintain. Bright colors are typical of the 50's and 60's period which will make any kitchen look welcoming and cheery.  The chairs are comfortable and easy to sit on, and they are lightweight enough for chidren to move.

Retro Bar Style for Your Kitchen

Besides a traditional table and chairs, you can also set up a retro style bar in your kitchen with retro bar stools for chairs.  This bar style is especially a good idea for a small kitchen or apartment kitchen. 

Most of the retro bar sets have chrome metal legs with a padded leather or leather style seat.  You can find both bar stools with backs or backless bar stools.  Again, you need to keep in mind both style and practicality when choosing both retro bar and retro bar stools, because you will need a surface that is easy to clean and keep clean.

Retro Table Styles

Dinette sets were very popular in the 50's, and 60's.  Many people bought the entire dinette set together, table and chairs.  If you are looking to recreate this dinette set look for your table and chairs, then you either need to buy authentic dinette sets from the era that you are recreating or create a dinette set look from brand new retro furniture.

For authentic vintage dinette sets,  Ebay is your best bet to browse and shop.  You can buy used furniture and have the seat and back cushions reupholstered for a fraction of the cost of buying new retro furniture, but while researching this topic, I realized that brand new retro furniture for kitchens is very affordable.

Retro Cosco Kitchen Step Stool

The step stool to the right is a retro Cosco step stool made with a vintage look but brand new.  It comes in several bright colors, yellow, red, and white which are typical of the retro era, but is brand new.  You can buy it for $50 or less on Ebay or Amazon, and it is a very useful and decorative part of any retro kitchen decor.

Retro Kitchen Color Schemes

Typical retro kitchen color schemes for your retro kitchen are yellow, orange, red, medium blue, black and white with chrome edges, and stylings. With the right retro kitchen table and chairs,  and a few retro accessories you can change the entire look of your kitchen to a new retro kitchen look.

More Retro Kitchen Ideas

Every retro kitchen needs the perfect retro wall clock or retro counter clock.
One of the simplest retro additions to any kitchen is a retro apron or two for the cook.
Updated: 10/01/2014, lakeerieartists
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chevril on 05/18/2014

Retro kitchens are so homey and I love the style. Didn't know you could still get those old style step stools

dustytoes on 10/22/2011

You may not believe this, but I actually love this style of retro kitchen table and chairs.

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