6 Key Tips for Selecting the Perfect Dining Room Table
Almost 25% of people in the UK consider the dining table the heart of their home. This is where you gather to eat and spend time with your family and friends, after all.
Because this table will see lots of food, spills, and even tantrums and sleeps, it's important you select one that's not only sturdy, but also complementary to your home's dining room.
If you're looking for the perfect dining room table, here are 6 key tips for selecting one.
1. Consider the Size
One of the main things to consider when shopping for a dining table is the size. Obviously, if the table you select is too large, you'll have no choice but to return it when you can't even get it through the door.
But you'll have to do the same should the opposite happen. Selecting a dining table that's too small will make the room seem needlessly large, and can make the table seem even more cramped than it really is. Even when no one's sitting at it, just looking into the dining room can make it seem like a sad affair.
Measure the available space you have in your dining room, then give yourself around 30 inches around the side. This will give you enough space for the chairs, even when they're pushed out.
Once you have this dimension in mind, you'll have a ballpark range to work with when selecting your table.
2. Consider the Shape
If you have a small dining room, you might want to consider a round table over a square one. You can fit more chairs around it and still get practically the same dining space as a square table.
For a medium-sized room, you'll want to take advantage of all the space you can. For this reason, a rectangle dining table is optimal. You can get a decent amount of dining space in while fitting the maximum amount of people in your dining room.
And last, but not least, if you have a large dining room, then you'll be spoilt for choice. Your options include round, oval, square, rectangular, or boat.
If you have other items in the dining room (such as an accent chest or armoire), then you'll have to take these into account when selecting the shape. You don't want the space to feel crowded, after all.
3. Consider the Material
The material a young couple living on their own chooses will differ greatly to one an older couple with grandchildren and pets chooses. For example, since it's just the two of them, the young couple may opt for a more delicate material, such as glass. It's more elegant, but also more prone to scratches, chips, and even breakage.
For a busy household with lots of family members, you can't go wrong with wood. This is a solid material that comes in different shades and each table has its own unique markings, due to the trees they were cut from.
While wood still shows scratches and signs of wear, they're very easy and quick to repair.
4. Don't Forget to Look at the Table Supports
There are three possible types of table supports: trestle, pedestal, and legs. If you want to maximise on seating space, pedestal supports are best. However, keep in mind this support provides the least amount of stability for the table itself.
Trestle supports may limit the number of chairs you can fit at the sides due to their design, so it may come down to pedestal and legs if your main concern is fitting as many guests as possible.
If possible, test out the table supports while you're in the store. You'll get a good idea of whether or not the supports get in the way of legroom.
5. Match Your Present Style
Before you set foot in a furniture store, keep in mind what your current dining room's style looks like, including the colour scheme. If you're not so great at matching hues, you'll want to consult with a colour wheel to make sure the table you're selecting will fit in with everything else.
While you may potentially find a dining table that's gorgeous, it may not fit in with your current aesthetics at all. It'd be a pity to bring it home, only to find it clashes completely in both style and colour. Maybe that piece would suit your dining room after a remodel, but for now, it'd definitely look out of place.
For example, a tulip table and chair sets can be ideal for a kitchen and dining room that have light colours and modern designs. On the other hand, a rustic-style dining table may not look as great in those settings.
If you have a good grasp beforehand of what colours and designs work with your dining room, then you'll increase your chances of walking out with your forever dining table.
6. What About Seating?
Most dining tables (like the tulip one from above) come in sets, so you usually don't have to worry about purchasing separate chairs to match the table you select.
But what if you've unfortunately selected the perfect dining table, but it doesn't have matching chairs? You'll then have to go through the trouble of finding seats that not only match the table, but also your dining room.
However, this may be a blessing in disguise. You'll get more options, such as benches or stools, as well as armed vs. armless chairs. If you have a great eye for design, then you can potentially pick out some chairs that are breathtakingly complementary to your dining table.
Find the Perfect Dining Room Table for Your Home
By using the above tips we've given you, you'll be able to pick the perfect dining room table for your home and budget.
While initially, all the choices available may seem overwhelming and frustrating to get through, just keep in mind that once you find the right dining table, you'll be set for years to come. So don't rush the process, and you'll eventually happen upon a wonderful addition to your house.
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