A dining table is an investment piece of furniture and can bring a sense of focus to any kitchen or dining room. This is where you and your family will gather to share food, stories and laughter; don’t underestimate its importance. There’s a huge range of dining tables available from places like Top Furniture, and they come in a variety of different materials and finishes. If you choose something particularly durable and long-lasting, it can be handed down as a family heirloom.
The first thing you should do is take measurements of the space available for your new dining table. It’s recommended that you leave 42 inches of space (minimum) between the sides of the table and the walls. If you have a large family or plan to do a lot of entertaining, it’s best to go for the biggest table you can comfortably fit in the space available. Think family dinners with grandparents, aunties and uncles, particularly if you’re a candidate for hosting Christmas day festivities.
The shape of your dining table is important in a practical sense. Round tables can seat more people than their right-angled counterparts but rectangular tables make it easy for people to reach across for serving purposes. If your table is just for the odd special occasion, you can probably choose something that’s more difficult or time-consuming to keep clean and polished. If you want something that the whole family will use on an everyday basis, for doing homework, eating breakfast and gathering with friends, a rustic wood finish may be easier to maintain.
Your lifestyle might well change in a few years’ time, but you dining room table doesn’t have to. Why not choose an extendable table so you can cater for extra guests or a new additional to the family? Chairs that can be used both in and outdoors are a flexible option. If you want to go for upholstered seats, make sure you choose hard-wearing material or be prepared to buy cushions or protective covers.
Test Out the Table
If it wobbles or jiggles, it’s probably not the table for your family. Test all the moving pars if you’re choosing an extendable table and remember that timber joints last longer than their metal counterparts.
Shedding Some Light
Even the most modest dining table can be made into the room’s focal point with a cleverly, placed light fitting. It is recommended that the bottom of your shade or fixture comes one and a half metres above the surface of the table. A chandelier might be the classic choice for a traditional dining room but diffused table lamps can be equally effective. Whatever you choose, make sure it has a dimmer switch for different occasions and moods.