There is just something about beautiful cane back dining chairs that has such a quintessential charm.
With round backs, delicate carved details and fluted legs – these Louis style chairs are a classic look that won’t go out of style- and they are a favorite look in French Country style dining rooms.
Since I shared these dining chairs I have gotten a lot of questions about where to find them. These particular chairs are vintage- they have a chippy old painted finish and I found them through my friend Michelle at The Bella Cottage. I also picked up another set of vintage on craigslist- 4 small dining chairs and a settee that also appeared in Inspired Gatherings.
When shopping for vintage- a few things to keep in mind.
Craigslist: If you are committed to the hunt for vintage- try scouring those vintage shops, tag sales and places like Craigslist for chairs that are similar- and just keep checking. You never know when they might pop up.
Finding a Set: Louis chairs come in many styles with many different details. From carvings, to deep fluting, to details around the cane back, cane seats, upholstered seats, painted colors and finishes- and more. Sometimes you can score a whole set if you are lucky- but often you might find just one or a pair. I love the look of mix and mingle with these- I have had different style chairs at the end before and it works perfectly. So don’t pass up those loners if you love them.
Pay attention to the caning: Caned chairs can be a bit harder to come by especially in good condition as the caning often has damage- especially the seats. Our chairs have caned seats as well- and some have a layer of wood over them since they had some damage. So, what if you find the piece de resistance of chairs and you have to have it but it has damage to the caning? Know that you can redo caning or have it fixed. I have not tackled that and am not sure how involved or expensive that would be. So take that into consideration in the overall cost of the chairs. * Please take a look at the comments for some suggestions from readers on fixing the caning as well!
Give them the wiggle test: As with any vintage chair- you want them to be usable as well as pretty. Make sure the joints are stable and secure and the chair is in good condition for everyday use.
Reproductions: A good option is to find new chairs that have the look you are after. A good reproduction has a lot of the same charm and details as vintage- without the worry of the damage or it being unstable for use. You can also find new versions of the chairs at all different price points. From the basic overall look that is very inexpensive- to the very detailed reproductions that will give you the look of an expensive antique.
Shop the Look
I have done a bit of browsing and rounded up a few options at different price points and age for Getting The Look of Louis French style cane chairs we love. *Some affiliate links
This pair of chairs will give you the look of those lovely vintage chairs at a pretty great price.
This one is sold individually if you just want a chair for the office maybe- and it also has more detailed carvings on the legs.
This is the same chair as above with the carved details on the legs- but is sold in a pair.
These are a great price for an arm chair- you can also use a pair of them around a fireplace or in a seating group.
Such a unique and pretty look- the backs of these chairs have a subtle curve and carving that offers a different look than a traditional round back Louis style chair.
A different color combination- at a great price.
One of the best places to shop for vintage sets is Etsy. I found this set of 4 vintage chairs – and they will ship.
The next two chairs are for those who are looking for something truly unique and beautiful with a bigger budget. I love the carved bows on these painted chairs and the details surround the whole back of the chair.
And the charming fabric on these is such a lovely touch and gives these chairs a very French vintage feeling.