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How to Choose the Right Dining Table for Your Home

If you are in the market for purchasing a dining table you know that does not just servethe functional purpose of having meals at the table. The right dining table also enhances the look and feel of your home by blending into the design theme of your home. It, therefore, requires some thought and consideration.

Irrespective of whether you are planning to purchase a dining table for your new home or want to replace what you already have timber dining tables are a versatile option vs. other materials such as metal and glass. Timber or wooden dining tables are by far the most common and popular for multiple reasons. Let’s take a look at the factors you should be thinking about when choosing your dining table.

Taking down measurements of the ideal size of table suited for your space should be your first step when choosing the right dining table. Dining table size matters for lots of reasons – room to move around the table and being able to sit comfortably at the table being the most obvious. Remember to leave at least 3 feet of space around the table to allow enough room to pull the chairs back to sit and move around them.

Consider the shape of the space available for your dining table and then decide on the ideal shape of the dining table to purchase. Dining tables are usually rectangular because this is the most popular shape, however, other shapes like square and round are gaining ground in modern homes with smaller dining areas. If your dining area is rectangular or elongated a rectangular dining table is the most suitable. A square space can accommodate a round table or a square table. Round tables also work best in small spaces.

Seating in terms of the number of chairs is something to give thought to. Although, the area available to you to keep a dining table will determine the size of the table and chairs, as a rule of thumb keep 24 inches of space per seat to allow enough elbow room for people when seated.

Now you can think about your preferred table style. Based on the design theme in your home and the kind of look and feel you want to create in your dining area, you can choose to go with a traditional style or opt for a modern look. The idea is to choose a style that can create a cohesive style statement with the rest of your home and furniture. Don’t forget to match your dining chair style to your chosen table style.

Think carefully about how you plan to use your dining table. For many homeowners, their dining table is not just their table to have their meals. For some, it doubles up as desk space, a games table and even a meal-prepping table. The size and type of wood and finish you choose to go with will be dependent on how you plan to use it.

Bertie Dolan
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