The dining table is one of the key pieces of furniture that you will buy for your house. It will also be the centerpiece of the dining room so getting it right is crucial and can be daunting. Don’t worry with our insider guide, you’ll know exactly what to look for when sourcing the perfect table.
The first thing to do to get started is to measure the size of your room. The biggest mistake that people make is buying a table that is TOO big for the room. Of course the look of the table is the first thing that springs to mind when purchasing a table, however making sure it fits the space is even more crucial. Bring the measurements of the room to the shop and don’t get caught up and let the sales person convince you to buy a bigger table. The golden rule is to make sure that there is at least 42-48 inches between the table and the edge of the wall or surrounding furniture in the room. This makes dining a much more comfortable experience for your family/guests they can get up and down from their seats with comfort.
There are typically three types of shapes of tables; round, rectangular and square.
Round tables work really well in small spaces or rooms that have a lot of traffic flow- through. Round tables bring curves into a space and as we live world dominated with straight lines this makes a refreshing change. When choosing a round table its best to opt for a table to cater for six or less people, anything bigger can become difficult to serve and also can be a conversation killer!
Rectangular tables are the most classic choice as a dining table. The reason it is the most popular choice universally is that it works both functionally and for its form. A rectangular table is neat and symmetrical and works well in most spaces. It is made up of well- defined clean lines and tends to serve your needs perfectly whether it’s a dinner party, Christmas dinner or just lovely evening dinner with the family. Rectangular tables can be an amazing focal point of a kitchen dining area but also work really well in long and narrow rooms.
Square dining tables tend to be the least preferred option. Having said that think of a romantic dinner for two in your favourite restaurant it tends to be a square table; if you’re looking for an intimate dining experience the square table is ideal. Everyone is seated an equal distance apart and it’s easy to reach for food and conversation can easily flow. Similar to the rectangle table, square shaped tables work really well in long and narrow rooms as the proportions work in well with the room. Finally if choosing a square table make sure it seats minimum 4 and maximum 8.
As a dining table can be large investment it is important to make sure the finish is user friendly and durable. Make sure that the finish on the table does not need constant protection or maintenance. Wood can be a great choice but make sure that the wood finish is one that can take all sorts of wear and tear. Ask the shop assistant if the wood has been sealed if it is not moisture can cause bowing or cracking. Rustic timber with flaws tends to withstand more knocks however this look can add to the character and warmth of the table. A laminate finish is a durable and a cost effective option which can be practical for people on a budget. Other finishes include glass and marble, while they are durable materials that can leave a cold or unwelcoming look to a room. If you’re looking for a modern high polished finish it is important to remember to keep the surface protected from scratches and heat exposure by covering it with tablecloths and mats.
There are so many styles out there to choose from it can become overwhelming when entering a shop. However it is a good idea to have already done your research and have a style in mind before head off on your shopping excursion. There are many styles such a traditional, rustic farm house, Scandinavian, minimalist, retro and so on. How do you choose from these styles? Very simply the style of the dining room and the style of the rest of the house should dictate the look of the table. A rustic farm house table would not fit in an ultra modern minimalistic dining area nor would a modern sleek glass top table fit in a country style kitchen. So take the time look around the dining room and its style and that should dictate your choice thus making life a lot simpler.
The dining table is such a focal piece of furniture in every household it can be the heart of the house when the family and friends are gathered around for dinner or events. So when choosing and investing in your dining table you need to ask yourself and consider all the uses of the table. Factors such as how often will it be used, everyday or just special occasions? Is it light and movable, if it is in a kitchen/dining area do you need to move it around when kids are home or family gatherings? Is it a case that in the summer months you might want to move it into the garden for summer garden parties? If spending a lot of money on the table is it durable for the future, unless you wish to be replacing it every couple of year’s durability is a must and should not be an afterthought.
Lastly when buying a dining table,don’t forget to consider the chairs, lighting and rug at the same time. A lot of people buy the table first and get stuck when choosing the additional items but it’s really important to consider all the elements at once. It’ll save you a lot of headaches in the long run.