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The dining table serves as a center point in the home as well as a gathering space for family and friends.
If you want to buy something you’ll keep forever, you’ll probably want to buy it only once. So, what should you be on the lookout for?
A dining table should be well-made and sturdy, seat a large number of people, and be a reasonable size for most rooms.
Because a dining table may be a costly purchase, you should take your time looking for one that meets the important characteristics you want for your house. Here are a few tips to help you!
Measure Your Space
Don’t fall in love with a design only to find yourself having to “figure out” how to make it work.
Save time (and heartache) by determining the space where your new dining table will fit. Take the measurements of the space you’ve allocated for the table.
After that, deduct 80-100cm from both length and breadth. It’s because your dining table should have approximately 90cm of room on both sides to avoid a crowded and unwelcoming setting.
Choosing Your Dining Table Material and Finishes
Choosing a long-lasting and high-quality material will help in the upkeep of your dining table over time. Always use hardwoods like mahogany, walnut, teak, or oak if you are looking for a wooden dining table.
Otherwise, purchasing a glass-top dining table has the advantage of complementing a variety of decors. Moreover, because glass top tables are reflective in nature, they make the room feel lighter and brighter.
You can also use medium-density fiberboard as a material (MDF). Treated MDF is easy to clean and is known for its longevity and quality. Granite and quartz are also options for tabletops.
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Pay Attention to the Base
The table’s base, which is usually legs, a trestle, or a pedestal, might affect how many people can sit at it. Sit at a table in person to test if your legs will hit the table’s legs.
When you move all the way in, make sure you have enough room for your knees and if you can cross your legs below the table. The apron, which holds the tabletop in place, can limit your maneuvering space.
Pay attention to the leg breadth and where the legs are located if you want to be more flexible with your guests. With a pedestal or trestle table, you have additional versatility in seating arrangements.
How Will You Use It?
Consider how you will utilize your dining table before purchasing the table. For example, if your dining table is used more often by the entire family, choose medium to large-size tables made of strong and long-lasting materials. On the other hand, if your dining table is used rarely, use more attractive finishes, such as a patterned veneer tabletop.
We recommend choosing dining table designs that are lightweight and sturdy if you live in a rented property.
Drop leaf dining tables are another choice, as the tabletop may be extended to meet your needs. Plastic or rattan are excellent choices for outdoor use.
Choose Color Cautiously
Color plays a significant role in the design of a stunning home. However, a dining table’s endurance necessitates its ability to adapt to shifting themes. Colors like black, grey, brown, and white will never go out of style.
They’ll also provide a solid backdrop for whatever trend color you’re into this season. Do you live with crayon-wielding children or rambunctious pets? Then you should stay away from matt white and light woods.