In many homes, the choice of dining table often plays a larger role than just providing the family with a place to eat their evening meal. For many people, the dining room is the area within the house where you entertain family, friends and guests. Of course, this makes the dining table the centrepiece of the entire room.
Making a decision about the right dining table to buy for a specific dining area can be made easier if you think about the overall effect you want to achieve before you shop. Aside from aesthetic appeal and design, functionality needs to play a primary role in your choice.
Smaller, more intimate dining tables are ideal for creating a romantic ambience during a dinner for two. Unfortunately they can also be quite restrictive if you intend to have several guests over for dinner.
Likewise, opting for a very large dining table designed to seat 12 people can feel awfully empty if there are only two of you eating at the table on most nights of the week. A larger table can also dominate a room, so it may be wise to consider the room dimensions as well.
It may also become a consideration to think about the height of the table. A very tall table can be intimidating to younger family members and often be uncomfortable for shorter adults. Conversely, a very low dining table can become awkward for taller guests to be seated under with any degree of comfort.
Be realistic about the size of table you choose. If you know that it’s very likely you’ll only have the immediate family eating at the dining table most nights of the week, but you regularly have other family or friends over, consider an adjustable table. This is one in which the length of the table can be extended as required to seat extra people. When the entertaining is done for the week, you can put the table back to its normal size.
There is such a wide array of styles and designs available in dining tables that it can often be difficult to know which will best suit your needs. Long rectangular tables often fit into a longer, narrow room better. These are also very handy for seating larger numbers of people for those who entertain regularly.
Square tables and round tables can be excellent for facilitating conversation around the dinner table, as everyone is seated facing each other. This offers a more intimate setting for dining, but can be restrictive for larger gatherings.
The rounded corners on oval-shaped tables offer a softness of design that eliminates harsh edges. These are also a good combination of intimate seating arrangements with the benefits of an elongated table length. This is especially true if the oval-shaped table you choose has the ability to be extended to seat extra people.
No matter which style of dining table you choose, you will also need to consider which chairs to buy. Larger, bulky chairs can overcrowd a smaller room and limit walking space and access around the table.
Dining tables are available in an enormous array of materials. The type of material you choose for your own dining table should be consistent with the overall decor and style you wish to achieve.
Timber can be used very effectively to create a rustic appeal, or even a classic feel, while highly-polished timber makes it easy to create a more formal, elegant ambience within a room. Glass table tops can help to create a sense of space within a smaller room. Natural stone is recently more commonly used to create stunning dining tables. It’s also possible to combine materials to create any decorative effect you desire.
Be aware that the table top you choose should consider the functionality and user-friendliness level as well. If you know you’ll have children seated at the dining table regularly, aim towards a highly functional table top that won’t be easily scratched, dented, chipped or broken.
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