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Maybe you haven’t given too much consideration to choosing the right dining table. After all, a table is a fairly standard piece of furniture, right? Flat top, several legs, what’s to choose?

There is a lot to choose, as it happens. Not simply for eating, the right dining table is an important element in the interior design of your home. Whether you have a formal dining room, an open plan kitchen hub or a small dining nook, choosing the right table is a good investment.

The Right Dining Table Should Have The Style You Want

Before you start looking, have a good idea of the style of dining table you want. For example, are you after something traditional and formal or something industrial and edgy. As a guide;

Traditional: dark timber with turned or carved legs

Industrial: utilitarian feel with a combination of metal and weathered wood

Contemporary: sleek and simple in a modern timber with a glass top of metal base

Transitional: traditional materials but with a casual or relaxed feel

Farmhouse: solid in time-worn timber or with hand-carved details or antique patterns

The Shape Is More Important Than You May Think

Whilst rectangular dining tables are very popular they are not always the right solution for a space. When choosing a dining table think about how you entertain. Are large platters placed in the middle of the table? Are dishes passed over the table? Can items be easily reached?

The right dining table must be right for your needs, not simply a design statement (unless you never eat at your dining table).

With round and oval tables no-one is sitting at the end and conversations can be more inclusive, especially with six people or fewer. These table bases also take up less room and can fit more easily into a small or awkward space.

Square tables can offer the best of both worlds but do require a generous space to move around the table and chairs.

Test out how far in you can push the chairs and how much leg or thigh room is between the chair and the table.

What About The Right Dining Table Size?

The size of your right dining table will be very much based on the size of your dining area. Keep in mind the balance and proportion of the room with adequate space for chairs to be pushed out and for people to circulate.

Consider a drop-leaf or extendable table for more flexibility and bear in mind that table heights can be different between styles and age. Most modern tables are about 76cm high so consider this when you are choosing chairs.

Timber or…?

Hardwoods such as gum, blackbutt, oak, walnut and mahogany will always be stronger and more durable than engineered timbers and MDF. Salvaged wood is great to hide marks, scuffs and spills. Concrete is a popular table top surface that is very durable and glass is a good choice for small spaces.

I use and recommend Reality Furniture at Newton who can design and build a bespoke dining table – interior or exterior – that will be amazing!

Cohesion

Don’t just think about the right dining table. Think also about the lighting above the table and the rug underneath. Look at your room in its entirety, not just the individual elements.

Need More Help?

I will spend the day with you, planning your interior or outdoor living, visiting shops, looking at options and buying items with savings off RRP. Yes, you can hire a Designer for A Day. Please see my ‘Services‘ area for more information or contact me on 0421 043 505 or penelope@plushdesigninteriors.com.au