What You Should Know Before Furnishing Your Dining Space

A Dining Table Buying Guide

A dining room is an important place in a house, and your dining table sees a lot of life happen around it, which is why you need to put some thought into the purchase. You want a space that's comfortable, welcoming, and attractive, and the dining table is the centerpiece of the room.

Whether you're buying a dining set for the first time ever or you're just updating your home, you should consider a few things before you decide. If your family is small and you don't entertain more than a couple of people at a time, you may not need a giant table. Similarly, you may have a large family and lots of extended members, so you may need a table that seats 20. Either way, there are many types of dining tables to fit your needs.

You also need to consider the space you have. If you have a small room that would be overwhelmed by a large table, you may have to choose a smaller dining table. Round, square, oval, and rectangular tables are available. While the correct choice is mostly about preference, there are some seating benefits for some of those choices. For example, a rectangular table can generally seat more people while a round table offers a cozy spot for three to five diners. There are other decisions you need to make about a table, and you'll find a lot of great ideas based on the latest dining table trends right here.

Discover a New Dining Table

Tables are more than just four legs and a top. You can find a variety of dining tables to suit your style in different colors, shapes, and materials. If you prefer a minimalist look, you can find options that are slim and offer clean lines in black, white, glass, metal, or a combination of these. From pub-height to adjustable, wood to glass, there's a table for just about everyone.

Taller tables, like pub-height, offer a more casual style, much like a tall table in a bar. These types of dining tables usually only seat about four people, so if you need more seating than that, you'll need to buy multiples.

It's Dinnertime: Do You Know Where You're Eating Tonight?

One of the best dining table tips is to buy a table that's the right size for your space, meaning choose a table that strikes a balance in the room. That sounds like a no-brainer, but there's more to it than that. If your dining room is small, you may want to avoid rectangular tables because diners on the far ends of the table may feel crowded if they're too close to a wall, whereas a round table that seats only four may get lost in a large dining room. Over time, you may have inherited dining room chairs from different sets, and while a mix-and-match set works, practically speaking, you may be ready to replace them with a coordinated set. Look for a dining room collection that offers a cohesive look for your home, which may also allow you to get more seating.

Side Dishes: Other Pieces You Need in Your Dining Room

While the table is the centerpiece of your dining room, you may still need to add some accessory pieces to complete the look. Although other furniture in your dining room can be considered secondary to the table and chairs, they're still important to the function of your space. Buffets, console tables, extra chairs, and bookcases are like the co-stars to the dining table's leading role. These extra pieces are more than lovely to look at—they're also functional.

Furniture

Why You Need It

Its Other Uses

Console table

A great place for extra unused dishes or for overflow of serving dishes during a meal

A place for art, vases of flowers, linens, and more

Bar or bar cart

Serve drinks or appetizers here, or use it to hold extra place settings

Use it for decorative purposes with a plant or art or storage for delicate glassware

Extra dining chairs

To seat more people at the table

A makeshift table: Add a tray for a solid surface, and place drinks, snacks, or overflow of served dishes

Buffet or sideboard

Provides storage behind the cabinet doors and a surface for served dishes

Place plants or vases, art, or anything decorative on top, or use it for buffet-style dining

Why Buy Wooden?

You'll find a variety of dining tables are made of wood—and for good reason. It's a classic material because wooden dining room furniture is long-lasting, heavy, and looks great with almost any style. It's also easy to care for; if you get a scratch or nick in the wood, you can repair it with some DIY solutions.

A wood dining table's durability means you're buying an investment piece—a piece of your home you can pass on to your children. Whether you love classic rectangular tables with sturdy, thick legs, or you prefer the modern look of a thin tabletop and slightly flared legs of a mid-century modern style, wood is a popular medium.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, but the dining room is where you break bread. It's the room where your family members come together at the dining table to talk about their day, enjoy good food, and catch up. It's an important room where you'll spend a lot of your time in your life, so choose furniture that you'll love. We have unique pieces to match your specific style.