Dining tables should never take a back seat

Other than the kitchen itself, the dining room table is arguably the most crucial piece of furniture in the house. It’s often the main gathering spot and visual anchor point of any social space – no matter where it’s positioned. Other than being an attractive piece of furniture, the dining table needs to be functional. That means, it needs to be stable, and able to seat all your guests comfortably. If the table has an expansion option, ever better.

There are a few very important aspects to look at when shopping for a new dining table for your home. Read on as we take a journey into what it takes to purchase a social hub of your house.

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Remember to measure your space before purchasing a new dining table. © Leicht

What material should my dining table be made of?

If wood is the direction you’re considering, make sure to select a hardwood like walnut, oak or teak. Composite woods are okay in most cases, but not nearly as sturdy and long-lasting as hardwood. Keep in mind that tables with removable legs are often made of compressed wooden scraps called fibreboard. While normally better budget-wise, you’ll want to select legs with a little better hold for the long term. Remember, dining tables receive plenty of use, so it’s worth the investment.

If your tastes extend past the virtues of hardwood, look for a marble or moulded plastic table, depending on your budget. They are both super popular dining table options.

What dining table materials should I avoid?

Walk a wide circle around thick veneer. It has a tendency to lift away from the base piece over time. Look out for seams and a very plastic feel. That’s how you’ll know you’re dealing with thick veneer.

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Opt for solid hardwood when purchasing a dining table. © Leicht

Should I measure the room my dining table will be in?

Yes. Having the precise measurements of the room you intend to put your brand new table in, is very important. Naturally, this becomes even more important when dealing with smaller spaces, as an oversized table could spell disaster. It’s important to find the correct balance between and shape a space that’s cosy and welcoming to be in. Guests will stand up as soon as they arrive if forced to cramp up and unable to move freely around the table.

What shape dining table should I select?

The room you place your table it will largely dictate the shape that will be most practical in the space. Style is of course your personal preference, but it’s advisable to follow a few basic rules when browsing through shape options. In smaller rooms, and oval or small round table will help keep the space from looking cramped. Rectangular tables, as the shape that takes up the most space, will require lots of square meterage – especially for an 8 – 12 seater. So keep this in mind when doing your shopping research.

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Round dining tables accommodate more people, but take up more space. © Leicht

What is the best dining table height?

Most dining tables have a standard height range of around 70 – 75cm. The best tables with the highest level of comfort leaves ample room above the thighs and knees height.

There are lots of factors to consider when selecting a dining room table for your home. It’s often a multi-purpose piece of furniture. One that needs to stand up to the grind of constant use. It also needs to match your current decor. That’s why it’s important to find a table the helps unify your kitchen and dining room styles. Hopefully with these tips, you’ll be on step closer to selecting a table the serves you well for years to come.