How to choose a dining table

Family dining, entertaining, homework, games hub, even work and Zoom calls: a dining table must tick a lot of boxes. That’s why it’s important to choose a table that’s right for your style, functionality and budget.

If you are in the market for a dining table to entertain many guests or looking for a dining table to accommodate a small family, with key advice and a wide range of dining tables, you will find a style and shape to suit your needs.

“A dining table is the heart of a home. It is a place where family and friends can gather to eat and enjoy long conversations.

“If chosen carefully, a good quality dining table will last you a long time, so it pays to spend a considerable amount of time researching the best possible dining table that can be enjoyed for many years to come,” says a Focus on Furniture and Bedding spokesperson.

The four-S process for ideal choice

Here is a quartet of quick-and-easy tips for choosing the right dining table for your home:

Size – If you’re considering entertaining for larger guests, you may want to consider how you will accommodate everyone at the dinner table comfortably. First, consider the size of your existing room, then leave enough space for people to get in and out of their seats. Measure the height of the seat you are thinking of buying with your dining table so you can sit comfortably. As a rule of thumb, leave about 20-30cm from the seat to the tabletop.

Shape – First consider the shape of your room. Round tables can work well in smaller spaces and rectangular and square dining tables will suit larger areas. If you are considering a large rectangle table, ensure you leave enough room for chairs not to meet with other pieces of furniture in the room. Bench seating is a great option when space is tight as they can slide right under the dining table, preventing overcrowding.

Style – If you’re after a sophisticated style of dining décor, a tempered-glass top combined with stunning Oak detail will create a beautiful statement piece. For a relaxed style of dining, consider a table made from brushed Acacia for a lighter look.

Storage – If you enjoy entertaining and require extra storage space for all your beautiful crockery, tableware or glassware, consider adding a buffet in the same room. Focus on Furniture and Bedding provides matching buffets and dining tables, so it’s worth investigating — to not only allow for those little extras but also tie the room in together. Buffets and hall tables can also provide a handy space to display extra food during a party or showcase your most valuable collections.