Three Elements To Consider When Choosing A New Dining Table


A dining table serves as one of the most functional pieces in a home. It's not just a place to eat. It's often a place for entertaining, doing homework and as much as you hate to admit, it's sometimes a storage area. Choosing a table that can accommodate all these needs, without damage, is key. Make sure you know what to look for when selecting a new table for your home.

Table Top Material

How a table is used offers the best indication of what type of material the table top surface should be designed from. For tables used each day, several times a day, durability is essential. A table top made from coated hardwoods like maple, cherry and walnut is ideal because they can resist higher heat levels and scratches.  

If you have a more formal dining space and don't use the table as often, you have more options to choose from, including glass and marble. No matter how you use the table, it's best to avoid materials like medium density fiberboard, or MDF, as it is highly prone to scratching, heat damage and will start to look worn very quickly.


Table shape should be influenced by the dining space and your dining style. For smaller spaces, round tables are accommodating because they often take up less space than a comparable rectangular table. However, if you have a large dining space to fill, a rectangular table can help.

In terms of dining style, do you prefer a more formal setting, with a designated head of the table? In this case, a rectangular, or even square, table would be better suited. However, should you like a more informal setting, where everyone is equal, a round table is the best choice.

Long-Term Style Needs

When considering the design of the table's style elements, make certain you are thinking long-term. Don't choose a table that is too faddish. Should you decide to change the decor in your dining space in the near future, a faddish table will limit your options.

For the most part, the table itself should be more like a blank canvas. Leave the bold design accents and colors to the accessories you place on the tables as they can be changed and updated more easily than the entire table.

A new dining table isn't a purchase you make frequently. Make certain you're taking the time to choose a table that is able to accommodate your needs and that you can enjoy for many years to come. For assistance, talk to a furniture store.


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