How to Choose the Perfect Dining Table for Your Home

Buying any furniture requires some level of deliberation to achieve the desired look and feel. Dining tables, in particular, can radically define a home and create a formal, casual, and playful atmosphere, among others. This is because dining tables are rarely ever used just for dining.

Choosing the right dining table is a delicate balance. Below are some of the factors you need to consider to ensure that you have a dining table that fits your space, matches your lifestyle, and will last.

Things to Consider When Buying a Dining Table

It Needs to Fit Your Space

This is one of the cardinal rules when it comes to choosing dining tables. Typically, a dining table is a large piece of furniture. Along with the size, you need to ensure there is ample space around it to allow for chairs, seating, and movement. For everyone to be comfortable, it is best to allow for at least 3 feet of space around each side of the table. You also need to consider that each average-sized dining chair typically needs around 22 to 24 inches of table space.

Measuring the area will help you identify what you can fit in your home and let you imagine how you want the room to look and feel. Remember that you do not have to fill the entire space, and it is better to go smaller than too large. You might also consider dining tables with extendable leaves, which will allow you to expand the table based on needs.

Choose the Best Shape

Rectangular and square dining tables are the most common and therefore offer more sizes, styles, and extension options. For tighter rectangular spaces, round or oval tables allow for more room to move around. They are also great for parties and conversations.

Pay Attention to the Supports

The table supports and base can affect the number of people that can sit at a table. Most tables have either legs, a trestle, or a pedestal. Make sure that the supports do not invade the leg space. Sit at the table, scoot all the way in, and cross your legs to ensure that there is enough space underneath. A central base offers more flexibility on the number of people that can squeeze in on the table. If you have unique requirements, a custom dining table can provide more options.

Choose the Right Material

In choosing the material for your dining table, you need to consider its care requirements, your style, and the price. The most common materials include:

  • Wood
    Solid wood is a classic, popular and durable material that is easy to care for but typically the most expensive. Wood tends to expand and contract with humidity and heat. It can also show wear and scratches, but these can be repaired.
  • Veneer or Wood-Look
    Wood veneers are a timeless tradition dating as far back as the 1800s. To achieve beautiful wood grain patterns, veneers are the only possible method. Ensure the wood veneers used are high quality and thick, as most imported pieces use cheap paper-thin veneers that will not stand the test of time.
  • Stone
    This can include tabletops made from marble, cast stone or quartz composite. Though durable, it is porous and can absorb stains, and any cracks or chips can be hard to repair.
  • Metal
    This often includes brass, stainless steel, zinc and painted or lacquered metals. Although highly durable, it can show fingerprints and may require special cleaning tools.
  • Glass
    Comes in clear, tinted, or frosted options. It can create a feeling of openness but also shows every fingerprint and must be cared for properly to continue looking good.
  • Plastic
    An inexpensive option that is either glued onto a core or moulded into shape. Although not always the best-looking material, it is durable, requires little upkeep, and is often inexpensive.

Check for Sturdy, Reliable Construction

Check to make sure that the dining table is sturdy and well made. The finish should be long-lasting and able to withstand heavy use. Check the joinery as well to ensure durability.

Find the Best Dining Room Tables in Toronto with Carrocel

At Carrocel Fine Furniture, we have the most diverse collection of dining room tables in Toronto to meet all your needs and preferences. Contact us today and let us help you find the perfect dining table for your space.

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