It’s easy to get overwhelmed when deciding on new furniture, especially large pieces. A question we are often asked is “how to choose a dining room table for my family?” First off, there are so many options and styles. There are many shapes and styles. It can be daunting to think about all the options and yet not know what is best for your individual situation. Usually a purchase like this is intended to last up to a decade or longer. Thus, if your family is changing such as children getting older that is something to consider. Another thought is if you plan to move in the next few years. The goal would be to get a set that your family can grow with while it will also fit your needs in the event you move and change homes. There are several questions you’ll have to ask yourself. From size to shape, from color or style, it’s important that you have a general idea before you start your hunt.
How many people do I need to seat?
This is a no-brainer. Before you decide on a table, you have to decide how many you want it to sit. You may have a family of three but if you’re having dinner parties for six on a monthly basis, you’ll have to find something that’s comfortable for both types of meals. Remember, you can also find table that has a leaf extender for when you need to make a table larger (and kept smaller for the everyday).
What shape do I need?
Is your dining room oblong or is your meet and eat area set in a square-shaped space? Pair attention to the room’s shape when you pick out the table’s. You can’t put a circular piece into a dining room that’s more narrow than wide. Make sure you utilize every bit of space, especially if you love to entertain!
Are there any other furniture pieces inside the room?
Make sure you won’t be knocking or building a cluttered space by adding a new dining room table. Keep in mind any other pieces of furniture that may collide or clash with your new purchase. Measure “from here to there’s” if you have to keep within the style. Either that, or be rid of your old pieces to make room for the new!
What types of chairs do you want to use?
Do you have a vision of five different chairs and bench surrounding your new table? Are you wanting to create that eclectic, contemporary feel? Well, if so, a round table is out of the question. A circle can’t handle the mix-matched seating, but the oblong certainly tables can.
What are you thinking in terms of colors, theme and design features?
Do you love dressing your tables and creating new and stylish centerpieces? Are you looking for more color or something to provide a basic, neutral foundation for the room? These are all questions that can only be answered by you and only you. And they’re questions that need to be answered before you start shopping!
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