Decor, Dining Room Ideas

Tips for choosing the right dining furniture

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture. As you all know, each and every room in our house speaks to our sense of style. But the rooms in our home are more than just a display of personal taste.

The dining room, for instance, not only adheres to our decorating schemes but also serves as a functional space for our families and a gathering place for meals and special occasions. Here are three easy tips for choosing dining furniture to fit your style and your needs.

Assess the room.

Figure out what you’re working with. What are the measurements of the room? Is it rectangular, square or circular? Knowing this information is a must before you go to pick out furniture. It would be nothing short of heartbreaking to fall in love with a dining table only to find that it doesn’t fit your space. Keep in mind there should be at least 3 feet between the table and the wall or other obstructions. This wiggle room ensures diners can get in and out of their seats with ease.

Feeling good about table size but unsure about table shape? Round tables are great for conversation, rectangular tables can hold several guests (especially with a leaf inserted), square tables offer a unique look and oval tables are ideal for giving an angular room some soft curves.

Consider function.

Ask yourself what you use the dining table for. This step will inform the table finish you choose, as well as the type of chairs you need. Is the dining room primarily for Thanksgiving feasts, Easter brunches and the like? Do your kids use the table for homework and crafts? If your table is for formal dining and accommodating guests, a rectangular or oval table is a wise choice. Select a table with a leaf that you can insert when extra guests show up. For more intimate dining, circular or square tables will do the trick.

Regardless of the size of the table, each guest should have about 30 inches of table space. This allows dishes to be passed and for everyone to have ample elbowroom. For those buying chairs separately from the table, measure accordingly to be sure guests will be able to cross and uncross their legs.

As for finishes, tables that are used for more formal occasions can be made of solid wood or feature glossy sheens, dark stains, glass tops or ornate carvings. Casual, kid-friendly tables are better off in distressed wood or painted white, as they hide nicks easier. Painting a wood table with a gloss or semi-gloss makes for an easy-to-clean surface. If you want to see the wood grain but still add a color, try a cherry or maple stain.

Identify your style.

Last but not least, consider your style. Popular decorating styles here at Home Zone include traditional, country, eclectic and modern. Traditional style leans toward wood finishes, carved legs and upholstered chairs for a comfortable, yet formal dining experience. Country or cottage style is reflected through distressed wood, painted finishes, bench seating or open-backed chairs. Eclectic style is all about mix-and matching—chairs, colors and details. Modern style is expressed through clean lines, classic shapes, metallic finishes and no added detailing.

Finding the perfect dining furniture for your house and lifestyle is simple. Just consider your space, function and style for a hassle-free furniture shopping experience. Before you know it, your dining room will be your family’s go-to spot for every occasion!

Happy dining!





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8 Comment

  1. Reply
    Marty Grosse
    June 10, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Excellent information for making decisions on dining room furniture. Keep up the good work on your posts.

  2. Reply
    Melbournians Furniture
    March 14, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Dinning furniture matter a lot in home but the thing how we will choose right one but thanks for some of the tips that you have shared for your reader
    One more thing can you explain me which kind of wooden we prefer for dinning furniture so that it will for long lasting and also prevent from termite.

  3. Reply
    Vicky Durrant
    March 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    My husband and I want to buy some furniture for our home over the summer. Neither of us have ever purchased furniture before, though, so I’m happy that I found your post! I really liked your tips, especially what you mentioned about assessing the room where we want to put the furniture before making any purchases. It wouldn’t do us any good to buy furniture that’s too big! I’ll be sure to measure each room we want to furnish as soon as possible. Thank you for the advice!

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    James Bergman
    April 11, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    I think that considering the function of the table is the most important thing to consider when choosing. I have kids and want them to be able to use the table without worrying about it. So, I buy the sturdiest tables I can find. They can be well used, and if I get a solid wood I can always sand it down and refinish it after a few years hard use.

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    judy wilson
    June 13, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Your tips for considering the function of my new dining room furniture were very helpful. I’ve always wanted a classic looking dining room for hosting family dinners. Having a large, glossy wooden table with matching chairs is probably something I should look for to achieve this design.

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    Kate Hansen
    September 28, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I got rid of all my old dining room furniture and now get to furnish the whole room from scratch! I like how you point out that you should consider function when looking at furniture. I usually like furniture that looks really cool and unique, but doesn’t really have a purpose. So I’ll have to keep myself in check when looking for dining room furniture.

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    Finn Stewart
    January 24, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    My wife and I picking out new dining room furniture because we want the furniture to last us many years to come. I like how you give the suggestion to asses the room and figure out what you’re working with before you even start looking at furniture. We should probably also pick some furniture that matches the rest of our fixtures and furniture in our home.

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    John Mahoney
    March 1, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I liked when you talked about getting furniture that matches your style. It is important to remember to work with a company that provides quality items and the benefits you want. I would want to make sure I remember to set up a budget and make sure I stick to it.

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