How To: Choose The Perfect Dining Table For Your Home

By Sklar Furnishings

How To Guides & Product Care

February 20, 2018

When it comes to dining room tables, the options are endless. How do you know which one to choose? While the modern home is all about a wonderful amalgamation of several different styles, trends, textures and shapes, you don’t want to purchase a misfit. This guide will help you get you through your décor conundrum and choose the right dining table for your home.

Determine Your Needs
Do you host large dinner parties, or small intimate family gatherings? Do you need seating for 12, or for 4? Do you want the flexibility of a table with leaves to add additional seating? Think through how you plan to use your dining table and determine your basic needs. Having a clear idea regarding how often you are going to use the table, helps to narrow down your options.

Measure Your Space
There are a few simple and standard numbers that will get you through this difficult part. Ideally, there should be at least 36 inches and up to 48 inches of space around your dining table to allow for people to pass by, and for chairs to be pulled in and out. A quick measurement of your dining room will give you a rough idea of the best table size for your space. We suggest you chalk out this area, cover it with a tablecloth or bed sheet, and then use it as a template for the maximum and minimum size of the table you intend to purchase.

Choose The Shape
If your room is square, you may want to choose a round table. A long and narrow room is better suited for a rectangular or oval table, while a square dining table looks good in long, narrow rooms, as they offer a sense of proper proportion. Ultimately, the shape of the table is equally important in creating a beautiful and comfortable space.

Pick Your Finishes
Crafting that brilliant dining room is all about getting the theme and the style right. A glass and chrome dining table like the Plateau is well suited for contemporary homes while wood tables like Karma with refined design are classic and suit a multitude of décor styles. If your home is more eclectic, consider tables with unique finishes like mirror or rustic wood and metal. We love the Phantom by Glassisimo. Ultimately, your tables will create an instant focal point and set the tone for the entire dining area.

 If you can’t make up your mind or aren’t sure which option suits your lifestyle, our Design Associates at Sklar would be happy to make suggestions and guide you through the process; after all, a dining table serves as the backdrop for countless important life events.

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