Ideas for Choosing…. A Dining Table

There are so many different dining table options that selecting the perfect one for your home may seem like a daunting task. Here are some ideas to get your started on the path to success.

First, you must consider the style of the rest of your home, especially the room in which the table will reside. If your entire home is filled with antique chandeliers and delicate collectibles, the style of your table should obviously follow suit with a more formal style. If, on the other hand, your home is comfortably adorned with slipcovered furniture and weathered wooden flooring, you will want to opt for a dining table with a more casual appeal.

The beachy style of this casual home dictates the selection of a comfortable, wooden table and slipcovered chairs.

This dining room space calls for a more formal table.

Next, consider the way your table will function. Is it for a dining room, where you will want to service large family gatherings on fine china? Or perhaps, you need a dinette table for a casual kitchen where dinner will be served, homework will be completed, and crafts will be created? Whatever the case may be, it is important to consider how much seating you will need to accommodate the typical crowd you plan to service, as well as the durability of the materials and finishes that comprise the table. Tabletops may be constructed from a selection of diverse elements, including wood, marble, stone, glass, and veneer. Choose one that meets the needs of your family, based upon the daily activities to be conducted at your table.

This table has a solid surface that may allow it to function for many purposes.

This extra-large room can accommodate a wide table.

The next consideration is the desired shape for your table. Rectangular tables are much more space efficient than round or oval tables, since there is much less room wasted in the middle. However, round tables have a comfortable charm all their own, and they are also most conducive to group conversation. If space is not an obstacle, selecting a shape with the most aesthetic appeal may take greater priority in your search.

Oval tables soften the lines of a space.

Another interesting shape for a table that doesn't cut off as much space as an oval or round table.

This small round table fits perfectly into this compact space.

Once you have narrowed down the style and function of your table, tape out the actual footprint on the floor where the table is to be placed. You should then add between 30-36 inches of space around the entire perimeter of the table. This necessary distance required to walk around the table or scoot your chair back.

Remember when choosing a table that you should never sacrifice form for function, nor should you disregard function for form. Finding a balance between these two priorities will result in a beautiful and successful outcome.

Photos from Elle Decor


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