When it comes to investing in furniture for your home, a proper dining room set is definitely not something you want to skimp on. The heart of any household, a dining room is where holidays are celebrated, memories are made and also where the family comes together during a regular week to share stories and connect.
Of course, the central feature of any dining room is the table. The best dining table for you will be one that works for your budget, is solidly constructed, fits in your space and has a style you’ll love for years. There are some core factors you should consider when choosing a good one.
1. Be wary of trends
Although it can be tempting to get swept up in the latest flashy trend, it is important to be aware of the larger aesthetic of your home as a whole, and to consider whether or not you’re going to be as fond of an unconventional design years down the road.
Generally, it is advisable to go with a classic design that has already stood the test of time and that can adapt easily if you decide to update or change accessories in the future. It is relatively straightforward and affordable to completely alter the look and feel of a room by changing the lighting, artwork and colour scheme, you want to be able to imagine the table in a variety of dress.
2. Stability and construction
Along with affordability and a timeless style, stability and construction are important to look for when inspecting tables at furniture stores. Think about how it feels to sit at one of those tables, whether it will be comfortable for long periods, and examine floor models for signs of wear. Look for nicks and scratches that may indicate how the tables would endure through serious use at home.
3. The right shape
You will commonly find a standard rectangular shape, but increasingly there are innovative styles being developed to fit your unique space. Depending on where you’re planning to put the table, an oval or round shape could give you a little more space to more around since it cuts off the corner but still provides amply surface areas.
If you often entertain, a round or oval table could also be ideal. They are great for parties and conversation because there is no head of the table and everyone is easily visible and accessible.
Although sometimes purchased as a set with the table, chairs can offer an opportunity to express more of your unique style. Even mixing and matching different chairs and styles has become a very popular way to add flair to a room.
The key to a successful mix-and-match is an element of consistency, or rather the “match” aspect of the name. Without it, the room can look cluttered and be visual distracting.
There are lots of variable categories when it comes to chairs, including height, width, colour, material, arm vs. armless, upholstered seat vs. hard seat, the list goes on. When combining different chairs, you generally want the models to vary in just a few of these categories, while also remaining consistent throughout in several others. For example, stick to one shape and vary colours, or adhere to one colour scheme while incorporating a variety of shapes.
5. Use your measuring tape
The number one rule when shopping for dining room furniture is to bring along your measuring tape. Your dining table has to fit your dining area! But a dining table is a deceptively large piece of furniture, and you need to account for space around it, too.
So whether it’s part of a multiuse space or a separate dining room, start by measuring the length and width of the area you can dedicate to the dining table. Then subtract about six feet from those two measurements to get a target dining table length and width.