Easy-Breezy Tips for Choosing the Right Dining Table

By Maria Rogerson

September 17, 2018Furniture

Family dinners and gatherings are all about having fun while enjoying tasty food in great company. And for that very reason, the number one thing that every host should have is a nice dining table that can accommodate the entire family. This furniture element is the focal point in the dining room – it is the spot that radiates love and good vibes as you and your loved ones gather and share a meal. For that very reason, in today’s blog post we will talk about all the things you will need to bear in mind when choosing your dining table. Let’s talk details, shall we?

light oak dining table



Choosing a material for your dining table is one of the most important things to decide before buying. When speaking of quality, nothing can beat oak. Solid timber wears well over time and it is great for structural strength, in other words, it is the ideal choice for a dining table. Whether you choose a dark, medium or light oak dining table, you can be sure that timber has a solid construction. Plus, it is stronger and heavier than veneered wood or MDF. For easier cleaning, choose a light oak dining table with a lacquer finish.

Besides a completely wooden oak table, you can also choose one with a wooden construction and glass top. This combo is ideal for modern spaces, however, the main downside is that glass is prone to scratches and it needs to be cleaned daily. Marble is another option when looking for a strong and durable dining table, but its main downside is that it’s too heavy to move it around and it is prone to stains. Plus, not everyone can afford to buy one as it is a pretty expensive investment.



Deciding on the dining table’s shape is another important thing you need to consider before buying one. Although rectangular tables are the classic and most commonly used type, they are not designed for smaller spaces as they can make the room look cluttered and even smaller. Round and oval tables, on the other hand, are ideal for smaller spaces. Their greatest benefit is that they can create a more intimate ambiance because people can easily communicate when gathered around them. Square tables are also a better choice for larger rooms as they take up more space than oval and round tables. And just like rectangular tables – they are also designed for accommodating a larger number of people.



Now that you have considered the table’s shape and material, it is time to consider its size. Bear in mind that its size should depend on the room’s size. When buying, make sure to leave enough space for your guests to move around the table freely, but also measure the height between the table and the chairs in order for them to be able to sit comfortably. The general rule is that you should leave about 20 – 30cm between the seat and the table for comfortable sitting.