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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