Dining Tables Buying Guide
Table Buying Guide
When you are looking to buy a dining table, you should choose one that nicely complements the rest of your room and home, as well as that is the best that you can actually afford.
Factors to consider when you are choosing a dining table include
- The amount of money that you are willing to spend
- The number of people that you need to seat at your dining table
- The size of your dining table
- The exact purposes for which you will be using the dining table, whether formal or informal
- Whether there are any extra features that you would like to find in a dining table.
You should choose a table that is an appropriate size for your room, allowing for both seating and the easy circulation of people around it.
Your table should have an appropriate capacity for your individual needs, being neither too large to allow for a good atmosphere, nor so small that people are cramped around it. Rectangular tables are worth considering if you intend to seat a greater number of people, whilst many others feature extra leaves for those one-off instances.
The shape of your chosen table also needs to be a good fit for your needs. The dining tables that we sell here at Furnishing Homes include...
- Rectangular tables, which are ideal for emphasising a room's length and seating a greater number of people. A larger dining table can serve as a room's main feature, with additional chairs potentially being stored for those special occasions.
- Circular tables, which lend themselves well to warm conversation, given that they make everyone visible to each other.
- Square tables for greater intimacy and practicality, whilst also being possible to easily store elsewhere when they are not in use.
Opt for a wood for your dining table that matches that of your other furniture in order to achieve complementary shades throughout the room.
Woods differ in their characteristics; quick grown woods such as pine are perfect for adding that light, informal touch to a room, making pine dining tables ideal for smaller spaces. Slow grown woods such as ash and oak, meanwhile, offer greater formality, whilst also being both distinctive and durable.
Extra leaves are a great means of adding length to your dining table as and when necessary, and can be elegantly slotted beneath your table when they are not in use - making them a great option for dinner parties. They can be made to the same standards as the rest of the table, as well as out of the same materials.
It is important, particularly if you have chosen a darker wood for your extending table, to avoid exposing it to direct sunlight for extended periods. This should ensure that the colour remains consistent across the entire extended table.