How to Select the Perfect Dining Table

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It is that time of year again! The holidays. As the year winds down, most people are planning their annual seasonal meals with family and friends. This is also the time of year that people begin wondering: Where is everyone going to sit?? When selecting a dining table, it is very important to consider what its primary function will be. Do you have a large or small family? Do you enjoy entertaining? Is your dining table used on a daily basis or only for special occasions? Remember, just because a household of two hosts a large Thanksgiving dinner every year does not mean they need a large, 8+ table year round. Tables come in many shapes and sizes.

If you have a smaller family (2-4 people), considering buying a smaller table that comes with an extension. Especially if your home has limited space, this is a great solution. Now you have a proportionately sized table with the option to enlarge if needed. However, if you host frequent dinner parties and space allows it, selecting a larger dining table may be more pratical. As an entertainer, this piece of furniture is most likely a main focus in your home. Do not be afraid to think outside the box and choose an untraditional table as well. There are plenty of options whether it is wood, painted, laquered, stained, has a pedastal base, or a glass top.

No matter the style, consider the function of each table’s features. What type of base do you prefer? If you like foot and leg room, try selecting a table with a pedestal base. Is your dining room small? Find a table with a glass top to keep the space light and airy. Our favorite dining style is a round table which is not only stylish, but incredibly functional. Round tables come in many sizes and often have a drop-leaf option should you need a larger seating area. They are also great for conversation and create an easy traffic flow through the room.

When it comes time to buying your next dining table, here are some examples to use for future inspiration:

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