I think either way could work. But, I need to do something. That weird, light wood thing is not working for me and matches nothing. I feel like my dining room is a cute outfit with horrible shoes right now. It works but is not done yet. These chair seats are not done yet. I also should mention I dont want to put any kind of fabric on the seats. The last dining room set had cushioned seats, and lets just say it looks gross. The fabric did not hold up well to my crew of littles.