I’m continuing to work on kitchen eat-in area (so far I’ve gotten a new kitchen bench seat and I spruced up our kitchen table with a few coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) and am on the hunt for two Kubu grey rattan chairs for the other side of our table. Not familiar with Kubu? Kubu furniture is created with a woven rattan material that has a gorgeous natural grey color. Kubu chairs bring texture and interest into a dining space and their classic shape and natural color allow them to work beautifully with almost any type of table. They are also very sturdy (a must in our house with a dog and kids!) and can withstand lots of wear and tear. While you might think that rattan chairs would be uncomfortable, most of them are sold with cushions and the backs are shaped in a way that makes them much more comfortable than you’d expect. The look of a dining table with rattan chairs is one that I love:
The World Market Kooboo Chair is no longer available online, but according to the “Kubu Queen”, Joni of Cote de Texas, at least some World Market stores still get them in but they sell so quickly that they no longer advertise them. Another great option at a very reasonable price is IKEA’s BYHOLMA chair. I saw this chair on a recent visit to IKEA and really like the look of it:
If you’re looking for Kubu chairs for outdoor use, Restoration Hardware has a similar all-weather wicker chair named the Provence Side Chair that is made to withstand the elements but it’s a bit on the pricey side.
Some other options for simple Kubu chairs include Wayfair’s Boca Kubu Chair,
Which chairs did I decide on? The Handwoven Rattan Side Chairs from Restoration Hardware. They are the perfect size for our space and I like how the rattan continues down to within a few inches of the bottom of the legs, giving the chairs a bit more visual weight. My chairs arrived last week and I’m loving how their texture and natural grey color (they are definitely more grey than they appear online) add decorative interest to what used to be a pretty boring space.