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

Natalia Kolomiets

Posted on March 30 2020

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

The dining room table It is one of the most important purchases you will make in your home. This is why ... Your dining table must serve multiple purposes. From a homework space to an additional prep surface, an office, and a craft station, it's much more than just a place to eat. It is also the key to spending time together as a family and with friends. The look of your dining table and chairs 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 it is a traditional option, 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 It could be a better option. The circular shape allows the conversation to flow and everyone to face each other, while the curves ensure easy movement without 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, a large table with space for guests and trays is a smart choice, please note about 60cm for each diner. If there is little space, an extendable table offers the best of both worlds.

You need a minimum of 90cm 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 freely the same. Don't forget to consider the space under the table - it should be high enough so that your longer-legged friends can fit comfortably.

Furthermore, a set of dining bench It may seem like a huge leap from having a traditional dining chair in your home. But when you choose taking into account the shape and size of your room, a dining bench It can really do wonders in a space. Read our article where we describe a couple of reasons why we believe dining room benches are a smart choice for your home.

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

Contemporary

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

Traditional

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

Industrial

Rough wood and metal legs on an easel table will complement open plan homes industrial style. Combine it with simple banks, black dining chairs or steel chairs for a minimalist look.

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Mid century modern

The turned wooden legs and A wooden table Clear match the smooth curves of a solid wood dining chair.

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