In many cases, a dining table is at the heart of the home. It’s a place where friends and family can come together, sit down and enjoy some tasty food. So if you feel like your dining room needs a bit of a makeover or deserves some TLC (tender loving care), you’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together this Dining Table Buying Guide to help answer all of your dining table needs. From knowing your table measurements to choosing the right finish to coordinate with your space, we’ve got it covered.
How to Choose the Right Dining Table
If you’ve already started browsing the variety of dining tables on the market, you’ll have seen there’s a lot of choices available. Don’t let that overwhelm you though, as the first step will always be narrowing down your search. Ask yourself the following questions and make a note of each suggestion. Chances are there will be a table out there that ticks all of the right boxes!
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How will you use your dining table? Everyday dining = a table that’s durable and easy to clean will be the main priority. Hub of your home = you’ll want a table that’ll bring people together in a warm and welcoming environment. Mainly for special occasions = a table with a wow factor and really premium look will be best to impress your guests. Table extensions will come in handy too. Doubling up as a workstation or desk = you’ll want a table with a durable surface and enough space for laptops and books.
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How many do you need to sit at your dining table?
2-4: many two seater tables can seat up to four, so this is an ideal option if you’re a little pushed for space.
4-6: Having a table that seats six when you on average only have four is a great option (if you have the space) as you’ll always have room for guests.
6-8: a six to eight seater dining table will be a real staple piece in your dining room. It’s sure to be an investment piece.
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What shape dining table would be best?
Round or oval – always feels social and is great for maximising any space. A round table top takes up less room and offers more seating flexibility.
Square – gives an open and spacious feel with plenty of table top surface available. Easy to turn an unused corner into a cosy dining spot.
Rectangular – lots of choices available and easy to fit within most rooms. Great match with dining benches.