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How to Choose a Dining Set
Your dining room is the focal point of your household. Choosing the right furniture requires an investment of both time and money. There are many factors to consider, like sizes, styles, and colors.
Here are some ideas to help you choose the perfect dining room set:
The first step is to measure your room to make sure that you and your guests will be able to move around the table freely. You’ll also want to choose a table that’s large enough to provide elbowroom for guests and extra chairs to accommodate bigger gatherings.
For a super-sturdy dining room table, go with hardwoods like mahogany, walnut, maple, oak, or teak. Medium-density fiberboards are less expensive than hardwoods but they are not as durable.
Another possibility is a marble or glass tabletop. Beautifully crafted marble tables have a timeless appeal and are definite showstoppers. However, marble requires constant maintenance since it is bulky, heavy, and may crack or stain over time. Glass tabletops give you the flexibility to change your room décor or color schemes. Also, tempered glass is scratch, heat, and shatter resistant.
Industrial, composite tables are popular choices. These may contain elements of zinc, aluminum, steel, and cast iron. Combining these materials with wood or medium-density fiberboards creates a pleasing, modern look.
Heights & Shapes
Once you’ve determined the size and material, it’s time to think about height and shape. Counter-height tables work well in small spaces, such as kitchens, where they can be utilized as extra working surfaces. However, if you have a large family, this is not the best choice.
Oblong and oval tables work well in oddly shaped rooms. Otherwise, you can go with more traditional options, such as round, rectangular, and square shapes.
Choosing Styles & Colors
Tables must balance form and function. Styles range from casual to formal and contemporary to traditional. Mixing or combining style elements and changing color schemes can update rooms without breaking your budget.
When it comes to seating, there are many options, including traditional chairs, modern stools, and utilitarian benches. Traditional chairs with classic upholstery can be updated by simply changing the appearance of the cushions. If you have children, consider washable or stain-resistant options such as leather and microsuede. Another great option is to use durable, outdoor fabrics on your indoor seats. Stools are perfect for counter-height or traditional tables and can be tucked away to save space. Benches, on the other hand, add a modern twist while creating additional seating.
If space allows, you can add stylish accent pieces such as curio cabinets, china hutches, buffets, side tables, and servers. These pieces provide attractive storage for china or excess dishware and can also be used as an extra surface for food preparation and serving. You can buy these pieces a la carte, but buying them individually is usually not as economical.