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18 Black Chairs to Pair with the IKEA MOCKELBY Dining Table

October 28, 2020

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IKEA MOCKELBY Dining Table with black wooden chairs

[ Noguchi Akari Shade | MOCKELBY Dining Table | Bombabird Vase (similar) | Dining Chairs | Flooring ]

Although I knew I wanted the IKEA MOCKELBY table for the cabin’s dining nook as soon as we got the cabin, picking the right chairs to go with it has been a tougher call. When I posted about our new dining table, I was so glad to hear other folks have and love the table, letting me know that it has held up for years and refreshes easily with oil. The MOCKELBY has fantastic lines, is very solid and sturdy, has a thick oak wood veneer,  is a sizable 92″ long, and is well priced at less than $700 – that sounds like a car commercial but really,  I recommend it (and we paid for it ourselves).

Another reason why I’m such a fan of this table is that it a bit of a style chameleon. It’s as at home in a minimalist space or modern traditional settings as it is in our Japandi dining nook – it’s all up to which chairs you pair it with.

And (spoiler alert) you may have noticed in the photo above, we have chairs now! We can sit and eat at our dining table! Long story short, I scooped up an incredible set of chairs at the Anthro Home Outlet when I had to crawl back for just one more roll of wallpaper for the en-suite project. A couple of the chairs have some pretty good scuffs but at $70-100 each (priced according to damage, regularly $248), I couldn’t pass them up.

So many of you were excited to see what chairs we ended up with, and I looked at what feels like 100s over the last few months. If you’re considering this table too, I’ve curated a collection of MOCKELBY chair pairings for you. From plastic molded chairs to modern Windsors, and a few styles in between, I hope there’s something here you like.

Molded Plastic Black Dining Chairs | $23 – $219

Ikea mockelby paired with 6 molded plastic chair options

[ 1. Decade Plastic Chair | 2. Svelti | 3. Shell Chair | 4. Shell Chair with Cushion | 5. Poppy Black Plastic Chair | 6. Curved Back Chair ]

If you’re looking for something modern, super easy to clean, and affordable, plastic chairs are a great choice. The BluDot Decade Plastic Chair (made from recycled plastic, stackable!) was our #1 pick for the cabin until fate put other chairs in my hands.

Modern Windsor Black Dining Chairs | $80 – $299

Ikea Mockelby dining table black windsor chair pairings

[ 1. Black Rus Oak Chair | 2. Linden Chair | 3. Teo Chair | 4. Cody Chair | 5.  Paton Chair | 6. Captains Dining Chair ]

You really can’t go wrong with a modern Windsor. These spindle-backed chairs are classic and make a great choice for a modern traditional pairing with the MOCKELBY table.

Open Back and Wishbone-Inspired Black Dining Chairs | $170 – $249

ikea mockelby black wishbone dining chair pairings

[ 1. Heritage Dining Chair | 2. Westan Chair | 3. Black Oak Chair  | 4. Bentham Chair | 5. Wishbone Chair | 6. Wynnbrook Chair ]

On the pricier end of things in this roundup, these open back and wishbone-inspired chairs are, for lack of a better term, really good. Solid wood (except for number 6, which is metal) these have beautiful lines and curves. Any of these chairs would give your MOCKELBY the perfect Scandinavian look: modern with good details.

anthropologie heritage dining chair detail

I’m going to touch up the scuffs with black paint, which will be great to have on hand for future damage. It’s easier to accept that bad things happen to good furniture when you buy it already just a little messed up. And that’s the charm of outlet and second-hand shopping. This chair has such a good shape and is so much better in person. And, just like me, it has a nice wide seat. Perfect.

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  • Reply Marti October 28, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Oh, those Anthro chairs are gooood – and pretty well priced even at full cost. LOL at “nice wide seat.”

    • Reply thesweetbeast October 28, 2020 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you and yesss, they have the best curves, so good. Haha thank you also for laughing at my butt joke.

  • Reply Michelle September 9, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Do you feel like there’s room at the end for a “head of the table” chair – or is the depth too shallow for that? Thanks – you’ve made some amazing choices!

    • Reply thesweetbeast September 11, 2021 at 10:38 am

      Hi there! I just pulled a chair up to the end of the table to try this out! It’s slightly shallow and my shins could touch the base of the table. Might not be great for every day but as optional extra guest seating, it’s not bad! People have asked this on Instagram too and other people have commented to say they do keep chairs at the ends of this table! Hope that helps!

  • Reply Sarah October 4, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    I have these same anthro chairs in my cart, but it’s always scary to purchase without testing in person first. Do you feel like these chairs are sturdy/well made? Does the slanted angle of the seat make you feel like you’re leaning back a bit?

    • Reply thesweetbeast October 5, 2021 at 7:50 am

      Hi Sarah! It’s totally scary to buy a bunch of chairs without sitting in them first! Not sure if it would work out with shipping costs but I wonder if you could order 1 to try first? We think the chairs feel very sturdy and well made, they have a solid weight to them too. We don’t feel like we’re leaning back much when sitting in the chairs. Hope that helps!

      • Reply Sarah October 5, 2021 at 10:27 am

        That does help, thank you!!

  • Reply Mandy July 24, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Hello! I love those anthro chairs with the mockelby! I have the Ikea skogsta table (same shape, but black legs and an acacia top). I’ve have been eyeing these chairs for well over a year, but will inevitably have to pay full price if I get them. How have they held up fo you now that you’ve had them for a while?

    • Reply thesweetbeast July 24, 2022 at 5:57 pm

      Hello! Thank you! They’ve held up really well for us, nice and sturdy still with no wobbles and the finish looks great.

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