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Tips for choosing the perfect dining room table

By: Boho Babe

When it comes to selecting the perfect dining table, there are a few key factors to consider. Whether you’re looking for a small, intimate table or a large, statement piece, the right dining table is an important part of your dining room. Here are a few tips to help you choose the perfect dining table.

1. Consider Your Space

Nothing makes a space look smaller like having the wrong size furniture. Your dining table should be the right size for the space you have available. Measure the area you have to work with and make sure to leave enough room for chairs and walking space. On the flipside, you don't want your dining table to be too small for the space either. This can make the space feel awkward and uncomfortable, and can even make make it seem smaller to the eye. A good rule of thumb for this is 36"- 48" between the wall and the table and 48" around doorways.

LENGTH: If you've ever bumped elbows with the person sitting next to you at the dinner table, you know exactly how important table length is when it comes to choose the right table for your space and how you plan to use it. On average, each person needs 24" - 26" of space along the length of the table to comfortably eat.

WIDTH: The width is the space along the head of the table. In rectangular tables, this is the shorter side. A good rule of thumb is to choose a table no wider than 48" to easily pass food across. If you have a sideboard or buffet you plan to utilize for serving food, and you will only have place settings on the table, you can get away with a table as narrow as 30" in width.

2. Choose the Right Shape

Dining tables aren't all just round or rectangular. Tables come in a wide variety of shapes. From round, to triangular, to square, to rectangular! Choosing a table shape can help determine the ambiance of your dining space. Is this a space for card games, late night conversations, or formal dining? Read below some tips for choosing the correct shape for the way you plan to utilize your table.

Table shape can help you make the most out of your space. Round tables are great for small spaces and intimate gatherings, while rectangular tables are ideal for larger spaces and bigger groups. When shopping for a table, consider the average dinner party size you plan to host at the table. Will you be hosting large parties a few times a year, or every day? If you only need a large table for Thanksgiving and other holiday meals, maybe you invest in a round table that includes 2 large leaves to add four more place settings. This allows you to have that intimate table set-up of a round table, while also not limiting your hosting capabilities.

Formal table settings typically include a table "head" and follow the traditional rectangular shape. They are often larger, to accommodate more food and guests. These tables might not be ideal for the average family of four who would also like to utilize their dining space for family game nights. Instead, a narrower table might be the best fit. Round tables enable better passing, which is why card tables are often rounded or perfectly square. If you are an avid gamer, it might be worth looking into a pub height table. Traditionally pub tables are square and taller than the average dining table. This height can be more comfortable for conversation and board games, but not as comfortable for formal dining.

3. Consider Your Style

Your dining table should match the style of your dining room. Choose a table that complements the other furniture and decor in the room. You want the decor to flow from room to room. While they might differ slightly, you want your pieces to be cohesive.

TRADITIONAL: Traditional dining room tables are typically made of wood, such as cherry, oak, or mahogany. They often feature ornate detailing, such as intricate carvings or turned legs. These tables are perfect for creating a warm, classic atmosphere.

MODERN: Modern dining room tables are often made of metal or glass, with sleek lines and minimal detailing. These tables are perfect for those who want an updated look in their dining room.

RUSTIC: Rustic dining room tables are perfect for those who want to bring a bit of the outdoors into their home. These tables are typically made of wood, such as pine or cedar, and feature natural finishes and textures.

FARMHOUSE: Farmhouse dining room tables are perfect for those who want a cozy, homey feel. These tables are often made of wood, such as oak or pine, and feature distressed finishes and chunky legs.

INDUSTRIAL: Industrial dining room tables are perfect for those who want to add a bit of edge to their dining room. These tables are typically made of metal or concrete, with a distressed finish and visible welding marks.

MID-CENTURY MODERN: Mid-Century Modern dining room tables are perfect for those who want to bring a bit of retro style to their home. These tables are often made of wood, such as walnut or teak, and feature tapered legs and simple lines.

Style can also be a determining factor for choosing a shape. Perhaps you lean toward farmhouse decor. Then you might be more interested in a table with a chunky wood top and thick spindle legs. Maybe you lean more traditional and would like an all wood or all white table with square post legs and a sleeker shape (see below). If you already know your style, spending some time on Pinterest can be helpful to see what others have done in their dining spaces.

4. Choose the Right Material

Dining tables come in a variety of materials, such as wood, metal, and glass. Choose a material that fits your style and is easy to maintain.

When it comes to furnishing your dining room, one of the most important pieces is the dining room table. It's not only the centerpiece of the room, but it's also where you'll gather with family and friends to enjoy a meal. With so much riding on it, it's important to choose a table that is both stylish and durable. To help you make the best choice, here is a guide to the most popular dining room table materials.

WOOD: Wood is the classic choice for dining room tables. It comes in a variety of styles, from traditional to modern, and is available in a range of colors and finishes. It is also very durable and can last for generations. However, wood can be expensive and is prone to scratches and dents.

GLASS: Glass is a great choice for a modern dining room table. It is sleek, stylish, and easy to clean. However, glass is not very durable and can easily be scratched or cracked.

METAL: Metal is a great option for a dining room table. It is durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. It is also available in a variety of styles and finishes, from sleek and modern to rustic and industrial. However, metal can be prone to rust if not properly cared for.

MARBLE: Marble is a luxurious option for a dining room table. It is beautiful and timeless, and it can last for decades. However, marble is expensive and can be easily scratched or stained.

LAMINATE: Laminate is a great choice for a budget-friendly dining room table. It is available in a variety of colors and styles, and it is very durable and easy to clean. However, laminate is not as stylish as other materials and can be prone to scratches and chips.

5. Consider Your Budget

Dining tables come in a wide range of prices, so make sure to set a budget before you start shopping. Whatever your budget is, there is sure to be a table to fit within it. Get creative! Mix and match chairs, buy a refinished table, or refinish a table that was passed down to you. Sticking to your established budget might seem daunting, but it is completely feasible. If you are on a tight budget, be patient. The right table will come around at the right price point.

In Conclusion

Choosing the perfect dining table can be a daunting task, but following these tips can help you find the perfect table for your dining room. With the right size, shape, material, and style, you can create the perfect space for entertaining and enjoying meals with family and friends.


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