For many people, the dining table is the true heart of a home. Think about it. This often-used piece of furniture is where families feast; where guests get to know you; and where special celebrations are shared. It’s more than a place to eat: it’s where human connections are nurtured, and memories are made.
When choosing a dining table or dining table set, think simple, think classic furniture, sturdy and built to last a good few years. Then you need to consider the size of your dining area and the number of people it needs to seat to determine the best shape. Ideally, you need a minimum of about three feet (one metre) around your table for ease of movement. If your space is limited and you need a smaller table, you could always add a dresser table on the side for storing tableware.
Rectangular shapes work best for large groups in dining rooms, which tend to be narrow. Design styles that suit this shape include Scandinavian, retro, French farmhouse, vintage, traditional, and cottage chic. Round shapes work for smaller, more intimate groups in more confined dining areas. They match beachy, nautical, earthy, or African design schemes. Oval shapes are somewhere in between – good for larger groups, but suitable for smaller rooms as they appear larger than the rectangle styles.
If you’re one for highend furniture, consider luxury tables. These are often decked with quality glass or marble table-tops and glint with metallic accents. Yours could have stylish metal legs with gold, bronze, steel or silver finishes.