Your dining room is a natural gathering place for friends and family. The furniture you choose for this space contributes to the mood and memories of your family dinners and special occasions. It's likely the dining room furniture you buy now will be the furniture you'll have for a long time. Considering a few key points will help you be happy with your purchase for years to come.
To give your home a cohesive feel, choose dining room furniture that reflects the architecture of your house and the style of other rooms in your home. The materials of your table can influence the overall feel. For example, a mahogany table may feel formal, while an oak or pine dining table may feel casual. The shape of the table legs can also impact style. Curved legs tend to feel elegant, while straight legs are often more modern and sleek.
The materials of your dining room furniture may affect the price, but they will also reflect the quality and expected lifespan of your purchase. Hard woods are often the most expensive, but they are quite durable and beautiful. Engineered woods - like particleboard or wood veneers - are less expensive but may still last a long time if cared for correctly.
When considering your budget, think of this purchase as a long-term investment. Most people have the same dining room furniture for several years. Choosing the style, materials, and size you like will matter long after you've forgotten the price.
After determining your style and budget, shape and size are critical factors in choosing the table that will work for you. As far as shape goes, a round or bistro table will fit better in a small or confined space, while a rectangular or oval table more adequately fills a larger dining room.
Before buying a table, measure your dining room. Keep in mind that you will need space to walk around the table and clearance to pull out the chairs. A rule of thumb is to have 48 inches between the edge of the table and the wall or next closest piece of furniture.
|Dining Table Size||Table Shape||Number of People|
|28-inch to 40-inch||Square||4|
|36-inch to 48-inch||Round||4|
|28-inch by 46-inch to 40-inch by 58-inch||Rectangle||4 to 6|
|58-inch to 78-inch||Round||4 to 6|
|36-inch by 60-inch to 48-inch by 72-inch||Rectangle||6 to 8|
|36-inch by 60-inch to 48-inch by 72-inch||Oval||6 to 8|
|36-inch by 80-inch to 48-inch by 92-inch||Rectangle||8 to 10|
|36-inch by 36-inch to 80-inch by 92-inch||Oval||8 to 10|
|36-inch by 96-inch to 48-inch by 108-inch||Rectangle||10 to 12|
|36-inch by 124-inch to 48-inch by 126-inch||Rectangle||14 to 16|
Purchasing your dining chairs separately from your dining table is an option for those that like a more eclectic feel. Consider these factors when choosing the chairs that will work for you:
Many dining room tables and chairs are sold together as a dining set. This is a quick and easy way to furnish your dining room. Dining sets also save you the trouble of figuring out whether or not the chairs fit the table. You can rest easy knowing that the pieces will work perfectly together.