The holidays are just around the corner, and youll be filling your home with friends and family. Where will you seat all those hungry guests? If youre dining table isnt up to snuff, this is the perfect time to consider something new.
A dining table is an investment, and you should pick one that fits you, your home and your lifestyle. Here are a few things to ask yourself when shopping.
Will the table be used every day or only when you entertain? If your table will be in constant use, youll want one that can take a lot of abuse and still look lovely. Id steer you one with a more distressed top, so any nicks or dings wont be as noticeable.
If your dining table is only used a few times a year, you can pick a table that is a bit more fine. However, I still encourage you to get a table that can handle the rigor of a robust dinner party.
How many people do you need to seat at the table? If possible, select a table that can seat everyone even during the holidays. That may mean one with extra leaves.
What is the style of the room where youll dine? Your dining table needs to harmonize with the rooms style. Notice I didnt say the table needs to match.
Pinpoint the rooms style. Is it traditional, contemporary or transitional? Formal or informal? What about your homes overall style? You want the table to look like it belongs.
What size table and chairs will fit? One of the biggest mistakes is getting a dining table thats too large for the space. At minimum, you need to allow a berth of 36 inches around the table just to pull out standard-sized dining chairs. If youre using larger chairs, youll need even more room.