How to choose the right dining table and chairs for your space
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How to choose the right dining table and chairs for your space

Natalia Kolomiets

Published on March 30 2020

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Choosing the perfect dining table and chairs is not as simple as it seems. Chances are you'll be using it several times a day, for a multitude of uses. Here's how to find the right combination. 

The dining room table is one of the most important purchases you will make in your home. Here's why... Your dining table should serve multiple purposes. From a homework space to an extra prep surface, an office and a craft station, it's much more than just a place to eat. It's also the key to spending time together as a family and with friends. The look of your dining table and chair set is just the first step: you also need to consider how you want it to fit into the space.


How to choose the right table and chairs

First, measure your space, then choose your shape. A square table o rectangular is a traditional choice, and since most dining rooms tend to be rectangular as well, they create a sense of symmetry. In smaller spaces, you may want to push the table against the wall, otherwise, a round table might be a better choice. The circular shape allows conversation to flow and everyone to face each other, while the curves ensure easy movement and no sharp corners.

The number of chairs will depend on the size of your family and, if you want to entertain, if you regularly have people over, a large table with space for guests and trays is a smart choice - allow about two feet for each diner. If space is limited, an extendable table table offers the best of both worlds.

You need a minimum of 90 cm between the chairs and the walls or furniture to allow the chairs to be pushed back and people to walk, and think about whether you want the chairs to sit flush with the table or to fit loosely against the table. Don't forget to consider the space under the table: it should be high enough for your longer-legged friends to fit comfortably.

In addition, a set of dining bench may seem like a big leap from having a traditional dining chair in your home. But when you choose it with the shape and size of your room in mind, a dining bench can really work wonders in a space. Read our article where we outline a couple of reasons why we think dining benches are a smart choice for your home.

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Which style of dining table and chairs is best for me?


Combine a circular table with soft, upholstered chairs for a modern look: a pedestal base (one central leg) or a recessed base (three to four legs joined by a central support underneath) are a good choice for smaller spaces.


A solid wood table with an extendable top will work with most home styles. will work with most home styles. This look works best when the wood contrasts slightly with the other woods in a complementary tone. Pair it with upholstered dining chairs in white or neutral tones.


Raw wood and metal legs on a trestle table will complement open plan homes. industrial-style open plan homes.. Combine it with simple benchesblack dining chairs or steel chairs for a minimalist look.

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The turned wooden legs and and a light wood table match the table match the soft curves of a solid wood dining chair.

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