Vintage Dinette Sets



2015-06-26 10:31:43

A vintage dinette set is a set of matching furniture comprising of a table, complete with either chairs or benches, often used as kitchen or dining room furniture.

Brief history and description

A dinette set comprises a table, complete with either chairs or benches, often used as kitchen or dining room furniture.

The sets are generally regarded as less formal than a traditional dining table and chairs, as well as predominantly being smaller in size.

They are similar in scale to the tables found in some restaurants, and have indeed been used for this purpose. Due to their smaller size and informal feel, dinette sets have also been used as outside seating and dining furniture.

Dinette sets are often made from inexpensive wood or plastic, due largely to their perceived informality.

Guide for collectors

Vintage dinette sets are considered desirable collectables due to both their aesthetic qualities and their enduring functionality. They have featured prominently at both mainstream and specialist auctioneers, as well as antique shops.

In addition, vintage dinette sets have also been featured at online auctioneers such as eBay, where they are frequently seen to sell for low prices.

Prospective collectors seeking to find out more about dinette sets can refer to online sources such as the Everything Furniture website.


Vintage dinette sets vary radically in price, with this factor usually dependent upon the size and age of the piece in question.

Towards the top end of the price scale, a wooden Old Hickory dinette set sold for $1,700 from Treadway Gallery on 33nd May 2011.

In the middling price range, a Hans Olsen dinette set with white accents auctioned from Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers on 14th May 2011 for $600, whilst a Heywood Wakefield dinette set sold from Leslie Hindman Auctioneers for $375 on 10th February 2010.

Towards the lower end of the price scale, vintage dinette sets have also sold for comparatively low prices, such as the Art Deco dinette set which auctioned for $10 on 26th September 2006 from Auctions Neapolitan, and the 1970’s dinette set which auctioned from Uniques & Antiques, Inc. on 15th February 2011 for just $50.

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