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Choosing the right Dining Table

Dining Table Advice

As you are all aware, there are many  dining tables on the market today with a huge variation in style, it can be somewhat overwhelming when it comes to choose a dining table for your dining room. Just which one do you chose? Here are a few pointers that I hope will help you select the right table.

Your first consideration is which room the table will be in, are you looking for a family kitchen dining table or a table to entertain around in your dining room.

Next is the tables functionality, how many people do you need to seat? Will it be just you and your partner using it each day, or would you also wish to host the occasional dinner party.

Space saving is essential in modern houses, so it is worth considering if you need a fixed or an extending dining table. Do you have the space for a large fixed table or would an extending table be better, extending tables are especially useful for a multi-purpose dining table. Ideal if you need to sit a few people every day, but would also like the option of being able to invite your friends to dinner!

If you do decide you would like an extending table make sure you have a large enough room for the table to extend fully. It is also important when looking at extending tables to  consider the mechanism the table uses to extend.
Is it a simple hinged folding design, does it need to slide out on a track and require you to fold down extra legs, or is it an automated leaver operated design?

Now that you have decided on which room your table will be in, and whether or not an extending table is right for you, it’s time to consider the shape! Let us consider a round table, Round tables are great for kitchens and make for a friendly informal dining experience. However unless you have you own banquet all most round tables can only be made to sit 6 people maximum.

Rectangular tables are practical and allow for full maximisation of available space, you can easily fit a large number of people around them, making them perfect for a dinner party’s. If you like the space maximisation of a rectangular table, but are so keen on the rigid edges then maybe an oval design is best! The Odyssey Dining Table from Calligaris is a perfect example of an oval table with a mechanised leaver operated extension.

So you’ve decided where your table will be going, if it will be fixed or extending, and what shape you would like it to be. The next point I would consider is the type of base the table has. The main choices you come across are pedestal base or the more traditional legs on each corner. Small round kitchen tables are best with pedestal bases as it allows for flexible seating arrangements. As well a large oval dining table would be best with a pedestal base for much the same reason. Where a small rectangular table would generally be best on a set of four legs

Your last consideration will be the type of table top, wooden, glass or melamine. Each one has it’s own advantages and disadvantages and at the end of the day it comes down to personal choice, but consider – Wooden tops are a great way to introduce a traditional material into your dining room, and a small round kitchen table can look lovely with a wood finish.

Glass tops help to create an ultra-modern contemporary look, perfect for showing off at a fancy dinner party. They can be very easy to clean and don’t mark as easily as wood.

Melemine tops are hard wearing, easy to clean great for family use. Consider it an extension of your kitchen work top!