Dining Tables: How to Choose the Perfect One

September 06, 2017

Of all the pieces of furniture in your home, few see as much use as your dining table. Over the course of its life, the average dining table hosts everything from regular family meals to late-night homework sessions and the occasional holiday gatherings. Since the dining table has such a focal role in your home, it’s important to make smart decisions when purchasing a new one. It’s important to pick the right table for you as it will be a fixture in your home for a long time. At Riley’s Real Wood, we have helped many customers find the perfect dining table to suit their needs. Here are some of the important things to consider.

Table Shape: Square, Rectangular, or Round?

The shape of a table is an important aspect as it plays a large role in the functionality of any dining table. The size and shape of your dining room, in addition to the typical number of seats you’ll need, should heavily influence the shape of your dining table. Round tables are great for creating an intimate atmosphere with a small group of people. It’s also easier to squeeze in some extra people with a round table than it is with a rectangular one.

On the other hand, a long rectangular table is ideal for those who like to host larger events in their home. For added versatility, consider tables that have a removable leaf. That way, you have the extra table space when you need it and a more intimate setup when you don’t.

The next consideration is how the table is supported. Four-leg tables will provide more leg room under the table, but the legs themselves can restrict how many chairs will fit along the side.  Pedestal and trestle base tables can generally seat more people than a leg table of the same size.

Size and Space

The number of people you need to seat on a regular basis should be the primary factor in deciding the size for your table. There are two rules of thumb important to remember: each person should have 2 feet of space to dine comfortably, and there should be at least 42 inches of space between all sides of the table and the nearest wall.

Make sure to pay attention to the table top dimensions of any new dining table. Try folding a large sheet into those dimensions and laying it where you dining table would go. This will allow you to get a more visual sense of how much space the table will take up.

Style, Colors, Materials

While shape and size are certainly important, they aren’t the only things to consider when choosing a dining table. The materials, style, and overall aesthetic of the dining table are also key. Much of this will be determined by your personal tastes and by the existing decor in your home.

It’s important to remember that your dining table will last a long time. Try to take that into consideration as current fashion trends as well as your personal tastes can change drastically over the lifespan of your table. It may be better to go with a classic look that has been proven to stand the test of time rather than something that is more fashionable now but will look dated in a few years.

When you’re ready to purchase a new dining table, the experts at Riley’s Real Wood would love to help. We have years of experience helping people just like you find the perfect dining room furniture. Check out our selection online and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.