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Choosing a Dining Table

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As fall is approaching, so are the holidays. And with the holidays comes entertaining, house guests, and large family meals. The basis for these gatherings is a beautiful and comfortable dining table; a place to surround yourself with the people you love and enjoy a wonderful meal.

Choosing the perfect dining table can be challenging. There are so many options these days- rectangle, circle, leaf insert, glass top, dark finish, metal base, pedestal table- and we could go on. That’s where our Interior Designers come in, to help you choose the right piece for your home.

To get you started on the process, here are a few of our top dining table tips:

  • Consider the size of your space. There’s nothing worse than having a huge piece of furniture stuffed into a tiny room OR having a small piece of furniture in a massive space. Take your time- measure the space, measure tables, measure chairs that will go with the table, and consider whether or not you will need other furniture (console table, china cabinet, etc.). Keep in mind that you will want at least 42-48″ between your table and the wall or other piece of stationary furniture.
  • Consider the shape of your space. This fits well with the tip above. While you were measuring, which shape seemed to fit better? Sometimes it’s clear, and other times not so much. Rectangle tables generally fit larger groups of people- at least 6, and sometimes up to 12. Circle tables are usually better for smaller spaces, they have no sharp edges to bump into and can still fit 4-8 people. If you want something roomy but don’t like sharp lines, consider an oval table with a leaf.
  • Formal or Informal? This one is pretty easy, you’ll know if you’re looking for a formal dining table if you have a separate room or if you’re looking for something more casual for a breakfast nook. Of course, there are always open layouts that are a bit more challenging to decide formal vs. informal. In this case think about your lifestyle. Do you have little ones that you’re feeding 3 meals a day and need something family friendly? Or do you prefer a formal dining area for dinner parties and holidays?
  • How many people will you need to seat? Seating is very personalized for each household. It depends on the amount of people living in your home who will regularly eat a meal together, and the amount of entertaining you do. For example, if there are 4 people living with you but you have family dinners every weekend with your parents, you may want to consider a table for 6 instead of 4. Another option for accommodating guests is choosing a table with a leaf. Leafs give you the ability to expand your table for different sizes of groups without always needing a larger table.
  • Style. Once you’ve figured out what size and shape of table you’ll need, the fun part is style! Take a look at the other finishes in your space- cabinets, flooring, wall color, existing furniture, etc. Is your home modern, rustic, traditional, etc.? Along with style comes functionality. If you have lots of people living in your home and don’t have time to do a lot of cleaning, we wouldn’t recommend a glass top table. Similarly, if you have young kids who will be eating as well as doing homework and arts and crafts at the table, you may want to find a table that’s more durable like a concrete top.

Whatever your situation, Norwood can help you find the perfect dining table! You can checkout our website to view the dining tables we carry or come in and see us to receive a complimentary design consultation for your space.

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