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Choosing a Dining Room Table That’s Right for You

The dining room table really is more than just a table you have meals on every day. It is truly the heart of the home. It is a gathering place for friends, family and sometimes strangers to sit, talk or enjoy a meal together. Finding the right dining room table does not need to be difficult. Here are some features to consider before you head out to find the perfect dining room table at The Warehouse at Huck Finn.

How much space do you have in your dining room?

This may seem like a silly statement, but when choosing a dining room table,

your table must fit in the allotted dining room space. Dining room tables are often deceptively large, and the sitting space around the table is sometimes not taken into consideration when choosing the size of the new table.

A good rule of thumb when measuring your space for a new dining room table is to add an additional three feet around the table’s footprint. Honestly, the more the better but for minimum standards plan for three feet of additional space. This should allow for family and guests to sit comfortably around the table while also allowing for navigation around the room.

When choosing a dining room table also take into consideration the chairs you are going to pair with the new table. Often the table and chairs come as a dining room set, but just as frequently they can be added separately. This way allows for maximum customization of the room but adds some additional thoughts you need to consider when it comes to available space. Large chairs often take up a larger footprint and should be taken into consideration if space is at a premium.

What shape dining room works for your space and taste?

Although square and rectangular tables are the most common shape when choosing a dining room table, you will also find a large selection of dining room tables that are round or oval in shape. Round or oval shape tables can give you a little more space since it cuts off the corners and is a good option for apartments or smaller spaces.

What material are you looking for in your dining room table?

Choosing the material for your dining table is more of a style preference than anything but there are some things to consider when choosing a dining room table. Some materials are pricier than others and some require more care than others. Wood is a classic material and probably the most common because its durability and easiness to repair. Tabletops like marble, granite, and cement are durable but are often porous and can be easily stained. This would not be a great option for prolonged use. Glass and metal tables are unique options but not easy to repair.

What type of supports does your table have or need?

When you are choosing a dining room table, pay attention to the supports. The base can affect how many people you could ultimately fit around the table. You want to make sure there is plenty of leg room for your guests. Typically, a table with four thinner legs or with a pedestal base makes it easier to squeeze that additional place setting.

We hope this dining room guide helps you in choosing a dining room table for your style, space, and budget. Our in-house design experts are here and ready to answer any questions you may have. We can’t wait to help you transform your space for many future gatherings!