Windsor Chairs

I think I can say with pretty strong confidence that the Windsor chair is one of the most popular seating designs out there, especially for my fellow New Englanders who have kept the colonial style alive. The look originated in 1700’s England and is characterized by thin spindles along the back. You know–we’ve all see one.

In recent years, the Windsor chair has seen a reawakening where well known designers and store brands have been selling them for a pretty penny. What many people don’t realize is that they can recreate this look my simply repurposing the ones the already have. Or if you don’t already have this style you can get a chair for repurposing on the cheap at local consignment, antique or even mill stores. The finished look is completely fool proof and budget friendly, trust me.

If you’re not looking to get crafty, here are some store brand Windsors that would make a lovely addition to any home:


From the top left: Ibstone Windsor Chair by Matthew Hilton via Hive Modern. Definitely a more modern take on the style. I like the light shade of wood and could see this making a statement by itself sitting against a wall // Tucker Blue Chair in Surf by Serena & Lily. This has a more cottage-y style and reminds me of the beach // Marlow II Black Side Chair by Crate and Barrel. I love Windsor chairs in black and this one has such nice straight lines // Windsor Arm Chair by Maine Cottage. This shop offers SEVERAL color choices which is pretty cool // Windsor Cinnamon Espresso Wood Dining Chair by Lamps Plus. This style is very simple and would look really cute with a fun fabric cushion or pillow like the photo below.


Photo via Left, Right &Wide on Pinterest. Create the look with this chevron pillow from Zazzle.


Designed by Jeanette Lund of Norway via Houzz. Create the look with Behr paint in My Fair Lady #140C-2.


A simply beautiful space designed by Diane Bergeron Interiors of Australia via Houzz.


  1. I agree I love the windsor chair! And that last photo – love that home so much. How cool is that storage/shelf?