Planning to redecorate your dining room?
The focal point of the room, due to its function, is the table. If you’re not sure what kind of table you want to get, you’ve come to the right place.
In this guide, we’ll look at dining room tables that never go out of style, and when you might want to use them. The style, of course, starts with the shape, and there are three shapes that offer timeless popularity:
Remember that some tables are convertible–for example, rectangular tables can become square tables, and round tables can become rectangular–with rounded ends. The type of table you choose will be dictated in part by the available space, but also by your goals.
If you have a small dining area…
For small areas, a rectangular dining table might simply look too large, even if it actually fits in the space. A square or round table might better suit your needs.
The number of people you’d like to sit can help determine what size table you choose. A square or round table tends to look smaller in the room than a rectangular table.
If your dining room is narrow…
Many dining rooms are built as off-shoots of the kitchen or living room. For this reason, they may be quite narrow.
A round or square table in a narrow room will either look too large or too small. For narrow rooms, a rectangular table is best.
If you want to facilitate conversation…
Have you ever sat down at a long table, only to find that you converse with the people on either side of you and across from you, and no one else? In fact, you might not even talk to anyone at the other end of the table unless you need the salt.
And if the table is that big, two salt shakers (or more) may be necessary anyway.
If you want to get people to talk to one another, a round table is your best bet. Everyone can see others’ faces.
In the middle ages, dining tables were often large and round. Maybe this is where the notion of the knights of the round table came from–King Arthur would have been able to see and speak with all of his knights while they dined.
If you want a modern look…
For modern, there’s no table shape like a square. The only downside to square tables is that they tend to seat fewer people than rectangular or round.
For a modern everyday look with the option to seat larger groups, a square table that can convert to a rectangle with leaves maybe your best option.
Legs, Pedestals, Decor, and Materials
There are other elements to take into consideration. Do you want legs around the end of your table or a pedestal in the middle? Do you want simple lines or ornate carvings?
What kind of materials do you want your table made out of? Stone is heavy and formal. Glass is light and formal. Wood is a great choice for everyday use and function, and it can be gorgeous depending on the type of wood and stain you choose.
No matter which dining table you choose, if you put some thought into it ahead of time, you’re sure to love your new dining area.