Dining Table and Chairs Buying Guide
It's Sunday and you've got the family round for a traditional Sunday roast dinner. Dad is at the top of the traditional long wooden dining table and mum is at the other end of the dining table. Up to 10 family members are sat either side of the dining table and chairs ready to dig in.
Stop! Times have moved on, statistics state that the traditional dinner and trends with it are changing. People tend to be sitting down to a family dinner in a much more informal way. With this change in eating habits brings a new approach to popular searches for a dining table and chairs.
No longer are we just looking for the grand dining table with matching extravagant dining room chairs, but were also searching for more practical solutions for our dining room table and chairs. Not only are many more properties popping up with smaller dining rooms but tastes are changing too. With this in mind, we have produced our dining table & chairs buying guide to help you select a dining room table and chairs which is just right for your dining room interior.
Choosing the right style
Arguably this point is the most important. When choosing your dining table and chairs, you have to make sure the style of table and chairs is correct for your dining room interior. There are many styles available to match almost any interior, but below you can see a few popular styles which can work well in most dining room interiors.
Clear as Glass
This glass dining room table and chairs looks great on wooden floors, the simplicity and modern curved legs helps create an exceptionally stylish piece of dining room furniture, which is both practical, stylish and affordable.
Out in the country and surrounded by plush landscapes? Inspire your dining room with this oak dining table and chairs, specifically designed for country cottages, converted barns and farmhouses, ideal for a relaxed style of dining. The dining bench to one side beautifully adds to the modern yet rustic charm.
Looking to create an impression? For the ultimate in contemporary styling, this oak dining table and chairs will give your dinner guests something to remember, whilst providing ample space for 8 guests.
How much space do you have?
With properties seemingly getting smaller and smaller in urban areas, you may find yourself with an open plan kitchen and dining room, meaning a more subtle approach is required, perhaps If this leaves only a small space for a dining room table and chairs then a round dining table, extending table or an even smaller gateleg table might be your ideal solution. Some of our more space conscious dining tables and chairs are displayed here.
Round dining tables help maximise smaller spaces including open plan dining rooms, smaller living rooms and kitchens, round dining tables still provide good seating options, if space can be limited.
Some extending tables can provide up to almost double the seating area if necessary. However when not in use take up hardly any room at all. This glass extending dining table is just one example. When not in use it stands at just 90 x 90cm, when fully extended it increases to double the width (180cm) the perfect solution for smaller areas.
Fold Me Away
For studio apartments & smaller kitchens, an even smaller alternative is gateleg tables. Gateleg tables fold down to a fraction of the normal size when not in use and are light enough for anyone to move. For example, this gateleg table stands at just 15cm wide when both leaves are folded down, providing a practical and sturdy solution to extremely small areas.
Help, I only have a small budget!
Obviously, this can be a concern for many, but there are dining table and chairs for all budgets. Whilst it is important to remember that a budget can dictate the quality of the dining table you purchase, there are still plenty of options for the more price conscious of you out there. Always remember that putting a little more money aside can make the difference between a table and chairs which will provide you with a comfortable dining room environment for years, as opposed to a table and chairs which might lose its appeal after just a couple.
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CHOOSING THE CORRECT STYLE FOR YOUR DINING ROOM
One of the most common issues customers face when purchasing dining room furniture is what style of furniture they should select. With such a vast selection these days, it's understandable why this is such a hard decision to make. Dining room interiors usually fall into two categories, traditional or contemporary. Obviously each look is completely different and this will eventually determine the appearance of your dining room. Once your dining room décor is decided, furnishing your dining room suddenly becomes a lot easier.
Traditional dining room furniture is usually crafted from woods, such as: oak, mahogany and pine. You will find many decorative and elegant dining room furniture items which will beautifully enhance your dining room.
Contemporary dining room furniture usually uses bold and vibrant colours and would either be crafted from woods such as oak, walnut, acacia, wenge or now more popular than ever high gloss furniture. Alternatively, glass dining room furniture has become increasingly popular over the years, usually on chrome legs and available in a selection of colours and extending table options.
For a striking look in your dining room, marble dining room furniture (which dependent on style can fall into the traditional or contemporary category) is something you should consider, usually priced higher than wooden or glass dining room furniture this option is elegant and stylish and will (if treated properly) last for many years.
As part of any dining room, the most important feature would always be your dining table and chairs. This is the focal point of your dining room furniture and all other furniture you can accessorise around this.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIZE DINING ROOM FURNITURE
Before you choose your dining room table, it's important to consider what other dining room furniture you wish to put into your dining room. Do you have the space to fit in a sideboard? Perhaps you require a display unit to show off your finer crockery?
These points should be considered as this will impact seriously on the space for your dining room table and dining chairs. Make sure you measure the space prior to ordering any furniture items and also the space required for people to fit comfortably around the dining room table without the feeling of being cramped.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR DINING ROOM FURNITURE
Whilst it may seem obvious to some, looking after your dining room furniture is very important. The better you look after your dining room furniture the longer it will last.
Wooden and high gloss dining room furniture should be dusted with a dry cloth, avoid using any polish which can harm the wood (especially if the wood has not been treated) this information is usually displayed on the polish.
Glass dining room furniture can be cleaned with any glass cleaning solution and a damp cloth.
Cleaning marble dining room furniture is relatively easy too and using a damp cloth will remove most stains. Some people recommend using dishwashing soap in conjunction with warm water, however, we always advise for more serious stains that you seek professional advice first.
Remember: When purchasing your dining room furniture, don't compromise on quality. Cheaper is not always better!
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