How to choose the right dining table

Your dining table is truly the very heart of the home, it’s a place to gather for meals, for families to connect together and an opportunity to decorate and reflect your personal style.

There are a few steps to consider when choosing a dining table. These include the size, style and number of chairs, materials, and placement.

  • Size

Before visiting any store to look at dining tables, make sure you measure your available space and surrounds. Is your dining table going to sit in a little sunny nook by the kitchen or will it be the grand centrepiece in a formal dining area?  

Your available space will make a big difference to what kind of table will work best!

What to measure:

  • The height of your seats – it’s generally best to leave 20-30cm between the seat and the table top
  • Your dining space – it’s not just about the size of the table, remember to leave enough space for chairs and people to move around without touching walls or other furniture.

Tight on space? Consider a round dining table or bench seating to maximise your options.

  • Materials

There is a huge range of dining table options out there, from rustic timber to sleek white tabletops.  Consider your other furniture and select a table to match – or work in reverse and style the rest of your space to your new table.

If your new dining table is going to be seating a busy growing family then pay attention to materials that are smooth and easy to clean.

Modern, Scandinavian style dining table with white top and wooden legs. With matching white chairs in bright interior space.
The Avenue Dining Suite is stylish, modern & family friendly
  • Shape

Round or Rectangle? The choice is yours!  Round or smaller square tables are great for tight spaces like townhouses and apartments, whilst long rectangle dining tables and large square tables are a great way to seat the entire family.   

Modern wooden dining table and grey upholstered chairs
The Dunsborough Dining Suite has room for everyone
  • Chairs

Now that you’ve chosen a dining table don’t forget the chairs!

There’s a huge range of dining chairs available in a range of styles and colours. An affordable way to easily create a cohesive look is to shop complete dining suites. This is a cost-effective way to ensure you get a matching set.

Chairs can also be a way to let your unique style shine through – add some personality with velvet seating in a range of colours or indulge in luxury upholstered and padded seating.

Bench seats are also a great option to save on space as they can be tucked right under the table.

Spacious modern white interior with wooden dining table with black chairs and wooden bench seat
The Kingston Dining Suite with bench seating
  • Bonus storage

A matching buffet is a great option for adding in extra storage to your dining space.  Along with hall tables, buffets also provide another surface for your to display your favourite décor or as an extra serving space when entertaining. 

Another great benefit of buffets is they keep the entire room looking neat and tidy by providing hidden storage options for all your extra cutlery and crockery.

Light timber buffet hutch with decorative plant and mirror
The Byron Buffet combines coastal charm and modern minimalism.

If you’re looking to create a complete cohesive look, then the easiest way to set up your dining room is to choose pieces from the same range. For minimal coastal charm then Byron is your new best friend, for a modern industrial look then Kingston or Longreach are perfect for you. Westwood is a beautiful blend of rustic charm and sleek modern design.

Industrial style wooden table with black metal legs and dark upholstered chairs.
Longreach is a stunning modern dining suite

Our friendly staff are always happy to help you find your perfect dining table, pop into your local store today or get in touch with us through our contact page.

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