Your dining set will play a huge role in your family life. It is also highly likely that your dining set will stay for a long, long time in your home and might be something that you will pass on to your children later on.
What should you take into consideration when choosing your dining table and dining chairs?
Choosing a Dining Table
Do not hesitate to be very picky when you are choosing a dining table for your home. As mentioned above, your dining set will play a big part in your family life, and so you should take your time in looking for the right pieces for your dining room. Do not make hasty or impulsive decisions in buying a dining table. If you have not set your heart on a particular piece just yet, go ahead and browse all the online furniture catalogs that you can find, and visit all the furniture stores that you can visit. Somewhere out there is a dining table that would be just right for you, your family and your home.
When you select a dining table, bear in mind the size of your dining room. The size of your dining table should be in proportion to the size of your dining room. So, if your dining room is big, your dining table should also be big. A small dining room should be matched with a small dining table.
Another factor that you should think about when considering the size of the dining table that you need is the capacity of the dining table. If you do a lot of large dinner parties, you would need a big dining table. But if you do not do a lot of entertaining at home and the main users of your dining table are just you and your family, just buy a small one. It is so awkward to sit at a big dining table if your family is a small one.
Round dining tables are also great for family use because they are relatively small and they encourage conversation among family members. Round dining tables, however, would not work well for you if you host a lot of dinner parties because it would take a very large round table to seat just ten people. If you entertain a lot at home, go for a rectangular dining table.
You should also keep in mind how diligently you will be maintaining your dining table when you choose one. Wooden dining tables are susceptible to damage borne by scratches and ring stains, but they can be refurbished. Glass-top dining tables, on the other hand, are not as susceptible to damage but can be tough to clean.
The motif you are trying to pursue your dining room and the general architectural style on which home is done should also be one of your considerations in choosing your dining table. The design of your dining table should match the overall décor of your home to create a sense of unity and cohesion. Otherwise, it would look totally out of place in your dining room.
Choosing Dining Chairs
Traditionally, you should match your dining chairs to your dining table. However, many interior designers now think this custom to be quaint and old-fashioned. A dining set where the dining chairs are the exact match of the dining table creates a look that is too formal for use. In some instances, that is just all right, but if a dining set is to be used a lot by the family, it should be inviting.
Mixing and matching is now the practice when it comes to choosing dining chairs to go with your dining table. However, your dining table and dining chairs should still have a common design element that would contribute to a sense of harmony and cohesion with the overall design of your dining room. If your dining table has a floral design painted at the center, you could match it by choosing dining chairs with cushions done in a similar floral pattern.
You should also ensure that the dining chairs you will get are comfortable and easy to move. A good dining chair has a seat that measures around 22 inches; such a size will accommodate most people’s bottoms. A good dining chair would also have enough space for the hands that will allow you to lift it easily. It should also be light enough, especially when you have children in the house and they would be using the dining chair as well.
If you are not looking forward to fussing over dirt and stains on the upholstery of your dining chair, choose one where the fabric of the cushions are easy to clean, such as leather and cotton. You can also opt for cushions that are removable and where the cases can be replaced.
Always take your time in buying your dining set. Choose your dining table and dining chairs carefully because they will stay for a long while with you in your home and will be the setting of many family events in years to come.