Choosing dining room furniture is easy. All you have to do is open a catalog, point, and click, right? Well, you can do that, but you might not be happy with the results. The dining set might be too big or small for your space.
The style might be all wrong for your tastes. So, it’s better to take a little time and put some thought into your choices.
Find Your Style
If you want to have a dining set to suit your style, you need to find what your style is. One way to find out what style appeals to you most is to take a quiz. HGTV has a style quiz that’s fun to take. All you have to do is choose the image of the room that appeals to you most. Apartment Therapy also has a quick and easy style quiz that works the same way.
Of course, you might not want everything you own to be in one style. You might want a modern look in your living room but a more traditional style in your formal dining room. Or, if you have a cozy dining area where you laugh and chat with close friends, you might prefer a rustic or casual style.
Find the Right Type
Along with style, you’ll also want to get the type of furniture that works for your type of floor plan. There are two main types of dining areas. One is the enclosed dining space, while the other is the open concept dining room.
Open dining areas are often used in rustic kitchens. Open simply means that there are not four walls closing off the dining space as a separate room.
Find the Right Fit
You definitely want your dining room table to fit into your dining area. Consider how many people you want to seat at your table. As you choose your table to fit your room, keep in mind that you will need 42 to 48 inches between your walls and table. You can try it out by placing old bed sheets where you will put your table. Fold the sheets to the size and shape of the table in the dining set you’re considering. Then, measure to see if it’s a fit.
A round table is ideally suited to a small space, because it has no sharp corners to bump into as people move to their seats. Smaller square or rectangular tables are great for kitchens with dining areas. Even though you might only have a small space, you aren’t as confined when moving around as you are in an enclosed room.
For a large formal dining room, be sure you get a table large enough to match the scale of the room. If it’s too small, it will look out of place in your spacious dining room. Pedestal tables offer more legroom than tables with legs, And, if you have a large enough room, you can get an extending pedestal table from One Stop Bedrooms.
Then, by extending the table, you can seat more guests on special occasions and make it small for intimate dinners. When you choose the dining room furniture that suits your individual tastes and fits your room, you can be happy with it now and in the years to come.