When you’re choosing your dining table and matching chairs, you’re not just choosing a piece of furniture; you’re choosing a background for where undoubtedly many memories will be created. You’re selecting a piece of your home – an important piece, the centrepiece of your dining area. It’s worth investing money in, and you want to make sure that your table will please you for many years or decades to come.
Choosing the right one, therefore, requires some thought. With some many choices on the market, it’s easy to get swayed one way or another, and it’s easy to lose track of practical considerations. If you’re wondering what kind of dining furniture is ideal for you and your family, then this one’s for you: here’s how to choose the right size for your dining table.
Check your room first
You want to make sure that the table fits into your room (naturally) but you also want to make sure that those sitting at the table can get up from their seats and comfortably move around. Especially if you have other furniture in the room (such as cabinets), you need to pay special attention. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that there is about 3 to 4 feet between the edge of the table and any obstacle around.
Pick the table size
Now that the room (and the other furniture in the room) has set your limitations, you can consider the size of the table. For this you need to know how many people will regularly use the table. Each person should have about 2 feet of eating space – any less and your guests might start arguing over elbow-room. How many guests will you have? Remember that the table has 4 sides.
Figure out the ideal height
The standard height is about 30 inches high, but if you have a taller person in the family, you may want to reconsider this.
How many people will fit?
This is important for the people, of course, but also for the kind of chairs you’ll get – will the chairs be placed under the table when everyone’s done? Consider the situation, especially if you plan to get round-shaped tables.
Now that you have considered all the practical issues, it’s just a matter of choosing the table that fits best with both the practical requirements you’ve laid out, and your own personal sense of aesthetics, whether you are attracted to styles such as a unique industrial dining table or more contemporary tables. Of course your table needs to look good, and it needs to fit with the existing decorations that you have in place – though that, of course, is a personal choice, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Remember, however, that you are making an investment, so think it through. A good dining table will make you proud for decades to come.