How to Choose the Right Dining Table

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One of the most crucial pieces of furniture is the dining room table, however, don’t dismiss it as just a surface to gather around for meals. Interesting choices in shape, style, and color can make the dining room table a substantial piece of furniture that can set the tone for the entire room.

First make sure that your table fits your space and allows enough room for the amount of guests you’d like to seat comfortably. Think about how you are going to use it. If you host the entire family for Thanksgiving, you’ll want a table that expands with leaves. If quiet conversation fits your dining habits, choose a round table that allows everyone to see each other and converse easily. The width of your table should be at least 36 inches wide to give ample room for place settings and food, of course!

When shopping for a new table, take a seat and test for comfort and stability. Be sure it has enough elbow room (about 30 inches between chair centers and across the table) but isn’t too big for passing dishes comfortably. Lean on the table from all angles to check for stability.

Measure the space around the room. To allow your guests to sit down and get up easily from their seats, try to leave about 42-48 inches between your table and walls. Measuring your space will help you to avoid buying tables that may be too large. A rectangular table in a small rectangular room can easily fill up the space and make it feel cramped rather than cozy. Consider a round table for smaller dining rooms. They fit into tight spaces and there are no corners to bump into.

Rectangular and round tables are time-honored choices that fit most dining spaces. Round tables promote easy-flow conversations, and rectangular tables accommodate lots of guests, especially when extended with a leaf or two.

Lastly, consider the material. If you are looking for a wood dining table, always go with a hardwood such as mahogany, walnut, maple, oak or teak instead of composite woods like plywood, hardwood solids and Medium Density Fiberboard. While these are durable, they are not as strong and sturdy as hardwood and will last longer. Other great options beyond hardwood would include galvanized metal, marble or molded plastic.

Tip: If you are looking for solid wood dining tables, avoid thick veneers. They tend to lift away over time.

We hope you have enjoyed these tips on how to find the perfect dining room table to fit your style. Browse our dining room options at sheelys.com or visit our showroom in North Lima, Ohio.

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How to Measure Your Space For New Furniture

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Shopping for new furniture can be an exciting task for new homeowners or even when upgrading old to new. It’s easy to find pieces you love, however, to avoid getting it home and not fit into your space it is essential to measure before you shop! Tip: Save your measurements in a file or in your notes for later.

In addition to measuring the rooms in your home, you will also need to measure your front door, and other points of entry. Check out our guide on measuring for delivery here.

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Measure Before You Shop 

It’s a great idea to bring a list of measurements with you when you shop. Here’s a list of the most important measurements that you should bring:

  • Length x Width x Height – The most basic dimensions of the space you will be furnishing.
  • Doors, Hallways & Stairs – Know the sizes of the openings that the furniture will be going through.
  • Ceilings – Covering the height measurement above, don’t forget about things hanging from the ceiling like chandeliers or ceiling fans.
  • TV Size – Understand actual size vs. the purchased size of your TV.
  • Bed Size – Do you prefer a King or Queen or even California King?
  • Windows and Power Outlets– Know where these are within the room, you don’t want your new furniture to block the only window in the room!

For added assistance – check out our free online room planner here!

Measuring Entries, Hallways and Stairs

The first thing our delivery team does when they arrive at the home is take a look at where the furniture will travel through the space to it’s final destination. Just because a piece of furniture will fit into the space you measured, doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to make it there. Stairs, hallways and doorways are the biggest obstacles. Be sure to:

  1. Measure the height and width of all doorways and hallways.
  2. Make note of any corners where furniture will need to be turned at a 90 degree angle to enter a room or space.
  3. Make note of any light fixtures, railings or architectural impediments along the way.

Any furniture you buy should have some clearance around it and should be at least 1-2 inches less than the passage measurements. This will allow you or our furniture delivery team to move it easily.

Measuring Your Rooms

While it is important to measure the passages and entries, you also need to measure all of your rooms in detail so that you are aware of not just the size of the rooms, all the windows, doors, and fireplaces in the room.

  1. First measure the door that you will be using to bring the furniture into the room. Measure the height and width and also diagonally from top left to bottom right. Make sure to get the measurements for inside the door frames, too.
  2.  Next, you should measure the length from the entrance of the room to the far wall. You need this measurement to know if you will be able to bring the furniture into the room and maneuver it into place easily.
  3. Measure the length and width of the room.
  4. Measure the height of the walls. The standard sized height for ceilings is around 8 feet, however, your ceiling may be higher or lower. This is a helpful measurement when you want to bring in taller pieces such as book shelves, armoires or canopy beds.
  5. Measure all doorways, windows, radiators, fireplaces or any other architectural features.
  6. Don’t forget your windows! Measure the height from the floor, along with width and total window height. You will need this measurement if you are placing any furniture against a wall with windows.

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Maximize Your Space 

Finally, be sure to think about how are you going to be spending time in the space you plan to furnish. Don’t be afraid to make a list of all the things you plan to do in the room. Do you have children that will be spending time there? Do you want it to be a relaxing space where you and your family can unwind and talk about your day? Will you be entertaining friends often? Thinking about all of these things will help you to prioritize your furniture choices and be a guide when you start shopping.

Your next task is to consider conversation flow and traffic. Can you have a conversation with your friend or family member without yelling at each other? Will your dining table hold all of your family at Thanksgiving? Can you move the sofa and chair around without getting trapped? Design and style is important, however, comfort is key. If you want to design a whole room, make a plan and consider all the factors.

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