Dining Table Buyers Guide

February 23, 2015
Dining Table Buyers Guide

Are you buying a new dining table but you’re not sure where to start? The process may be a lot less complicated than you think. There are so many unique and classic styles to choose from, like trendy and earthy recycled timber to glass and metal tables. Before you rush into buying a new dining table make sure you jot down a few considerations first, such as measurements, style, space, and the size of your family.


Measure everything

As is the case whenever you buy larger sized furniture, make sure you measure your room like a pro. It might seem like a pain, but you’ll be glad you recorded your measurements. You want to measure the size you have available. Measure the space you intend to put your table, and tape off the measurements on your floor or carpet to give you a better idea of what the room will look like with that space missing. From here, measure the clearance from the edge of the table to the wall. You don’t want to be cramped in your new dining room!


Determine what space you have

After measuring and marking off your soon-to-be table space you’ll have a better idea of what type of table you should be considering for you room. Larger or traditional dining areas can usually afford to have a longer, horizontal shaped dining table whereas smaller eating areas do better with rounded four seater tables. For middle of the road spaces, try using a drop-leaf or extendable table which you can make larger or smaller depending on your amount of guests.

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Buy for your style

It may feel difficult to choose a style to match with your current décor at first, especially if you are working within an eat in kitchen, but rest assured there are so many different designs available on the market that this will be the least of your worries.

There are some simple rules for decorating when it comes to choosing your table. If you are styling a Scandinavian dining area, choose pieces that look wiry, simple, and sleek. Whereas those styling a modern but comfortable home should check out wooden tables with glass inlays. These look amazing paired with trendy parson’s chairs. Those who love a homey, country feel should stick to warm woods, whereas those looking for a French, antique, or shabby chic appeal should stick to distressed whites and embellished carvings.


Always check for issues when possible

As always when buying a new piece of furniture, you’ll want to do a thorough check on the piece to make sure there are no cracks, wobbly legs, scratches, chips, or missing pieces. Be sure to check the legs on the chairs if your dining selection comes in a set.