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Choosing Your Perfect Dining Table

When considering purchasing a dining table there are a number of factors to consider.  We hope you will find our buying guide a useful tool to help you find the right table for you.

There are a number of key factors to think about when making your choice; probably the most important factor in choosing your dining table is Space – how much space you have and how you want to use that space is important and is one of the most critical factors in determining the size and style of your table. Perhaps you have an open plan layout, studio or dining room and different styles are suited to these different situations.   What kind of space you have to work with leads onto Shape.   Are you looking for curves or corners?  Do you like to be seated in a circle with friends or be head of the table?!  Choose from round, oval, rectangular or square shape.  Remember when choosing a table to allow for enough space around the table for your guests to be seated comfortably with plenty of room to pull out their chairs. 

Function is another important factor to consider when choosing a dining table, how will you use the table?  Will it be in constant use or only used occasionally.  How many people do you need to seat on a day to day basis and do you want to be able to seat extra people sometimes, for family gatherings or dinner parties for example?  If you need the flexibility to seat more guests on some occasions perhaps you might consider an extendible table which saves space on a day to day basis but extends when you want to seat more people.  Perhaps you don’t have the space for, or don’t need to have a permanent dining table in which case perhaps you might consider a table that turns from a coffee table into a dining table or a console table that turns into a dining table when required.  Material is the last factor to consider, perhaps you are looking to match your table with your existing decor or make more of a contrast by choosing something a bit different.  

Perhaps you are looking for the warmth of wood or the magic of glass.  Those looking for practicality will find laminate a good option in terms of resistance to wear, impact, abrasion and moisture.  Lacquered finishes give glossy colours that give an elegant refined look.   Whatever you are looking for our team is available to help you make your choice so you can find the perfect combination for you.