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A Dining Table Buying Guide

The dining table is the most important piece of furniture in your dining room, and finding the perfect one is no small task. Because buying a dinner table is such a big investment, it’s important that you consider all of your options before you buy. Will the table fit in with the room’s décor? How many people do you want your dining table to seat? These are only a few of the questions you should ask yourself before you begin your search for a new dining table.

Dining Table Size and Shape

The first thing to figure out is what size of dining table is appropriate. If you’re dining room is fairly small, buying the largest table you can find makes little sense. The first step you should take is to measure out the length and width of your dining room so that you know how much space you have to work with.

Next, decide how many people you want your table to hold. Figure out a seating capacity that makes sense for you. If you have a family, or you regularly entertain guests, a larger table will be needed. Just make sure there is ample space between table settings so people won’t be bumping elbows while they eat.

Depending on the shape of the room, you’ll need to decide if you want a rectangular, square, oval or round dining table. It’s important to remember that you also have to fit chairs in the room; leave enough space between the edges of the table and the walls so that a person sitting in a chair will fit comfortably.

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Now for the fun part. Take a minute and look around your dining room. It’s essential that when you choose a dining room table that it meshes well the rest of the décor. If you appreciate a more hip and modern feel, a glass dining table with simple and sleek design would be appropriate. A more traditional room would be better suited with a wood table – mahogany or oak – with curved legs and detailed carvings.

The same rules apply when you’re adding chairs to your dining room. A dining room table and dining chairs work as a cohesive unit, so make sure that the styles blend naturally. You will want to match a contemporary dining table with contemporary style dining chairs. Every piece of furniture you add should be building towards the bigger picture, and your dining table is by far the most important piece. Choose a style that you will still like down the road.


Is your dining table going to be a quick fix for dining arrangements, or are you hoping to find a table that will last you for years to come? The cost of a dining table can differ greatly, so adjust your price point depending on your situation.

Don’t spend thousands of dollars on an antique dining table if you’re never going to use it, and don’t be stingy if you need a durable table that can stand up to heavy use. Discount dining tables are readily available in just style and shape you’re looking for.

If you’re looking to furnish your entire dining room, a dining table set might be a smart option. That way you can bundle all of your furniture into one purchase, sometimes for discount prices.

Buying a dining table is big decision, and one that shouldn’t be made without careful consideration. Find a table that fits all your needs and you’ll enjoy your meals that much more.