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Dining Tables Buying Guide


Kitchen and Dining Room Furniture


How to Buy Dining Room Furniture



Nothing makes a better family gathering spot that a fully furnished dining room. After all, getting together and enjoying a home-cooked meal is the best way for a family to connect. However, dining rooms don’t always have to be about family connection – they can be used to dine solo or as a couple as well.



Don't feel limited to just having a table and chairs in your dining room – there are more dining furniture options than you think! Read on to find out about how to buy dining room furniture and learn what types are ideal for your home.






Dining Tables



Coaster Telegraph Rectangular Dining Table with Faux Marble Top in Medium Brown

Coaster Telegraph Rectangular Dining Table with Faux Marble Top in Medium Brown


With so many dining tables to choose from on the market, starting your design search can be overwhelming.


First, you should know how much room you have to spare in your dining room. You don’t want to choose a table that doesn’t end up fitting your space! Take measurements of your dining room and then check the measurements of the table you’re interested in. Next, the dining table will be the centerpiece to your dining room, so think about what kind of style you’d like it to be. Here are some common dining room table styles:



Leg Base Dining Room Tables



Somerton Cirque Oval Leaf Casual Dining Table in Merlot Finish

Somerton Cirque Oval Leaf Casual Dining Table in Merlot Finish


Leg base tables are the standard dining room tables, with one leg in each corner. They’re great for small families, but if you want to sit more people, the legs might get in the way.



Pedestal Dining Room Table Sets



Steve Silver Company Tournament 48

Steve Silver Company Tournament 48" Wood Round Casual Dining Table in Cherry Finish


These tables are normally round in shape with a one leg base in the center. The leg base can be quite detailed or ornate. A pedestal table is a perfect choice whether you want a dramatic and regal table or something simple and country.



Trestle Dining Sets



Tommy Bahama Road To Canberra New South Wales Dining Table in Moderately Distressed

Tommy Bahama Road To Canberra New South Wales Dining Table in Moderately Distressed


Trestle dining tables feature two sets of legs connected by a horizontal beam. They’re normally rectangular in shape, therefore more suited to a lengthy dining room.



Drop Leaf Dining Sets

Jofran Double Drop Leaf Casual Dining Table in Dark Chianti Finish

Jofran Double Drop Leaf Casual Dining Table in Dark Chianti Finish


A drop leaf dining table features leaves attached by hinges that you can raise or lower depending on how many people are seated at your table.



Lift Top or Flip Top



International Concepts Dining Table with Storage in Rich Mocha

International Concepts Dining Table with Storage in Rich Mocha


If you are looking for added storage, a lift top dining table is a wonderful choice. Th is style of dining table has been designed with concealed storage underneath the tabletop. It's the perfect space to store extra linens and entertaining supplies.






Dining Chairs



Wynwood Garden Walk Side Chair in Latte

Wynwood Garden Walk Side Chair in Latte


Your dining chairs might not take center stage but it's still important to buy ones that are both attractive and cozy. Although you might spend more time on the couch, your dining chairs should still be comfortable to sit on for long periods of time.


When it comes to fabric, leather and microfiber chairs are the most popular choices because they repel stains. Fabric chairs may not do so well with stains but you can always invest in a machine-washable slipcover if you like the look of fabric.


Classic wood dining chairs are the most popular choice of all. Here are a few different styles of wooden dining chairs to check out:



Windsor Dining Chairs



Winsome Windsor Dining Wood Side Chairs in White/Natural (Set of 2)

Winsome Windsor Dining Wood Side Chairs in White/Natural (Set of 2)


This classic, country-styled chair features turned spindles in its rounded back. Windsor dining chairs also feature stretchers between the legs, giving them a detailed but casual look. This chair is also sometimes called an arrow back chair.



Ladder Back Dining Room Chair



International Concepts Madison Park Ladderback Wood Side Chair (Set of 2)

International Concepts Madison Park Ladderback Wood Side Chair (Set of 2)


Ladder back chairs feature horizontal rails in the back, much like a ladder.



Parsons Dining Room Chair



Steve Silver Company Matinee Fabric Dining Parson Chair in Beige

Steve Silver Company Matinee Fabric Dining Parson Chair in Beige


The Parsons chair gives off an elegant and contemporary look. They generally feature a tall, slightly curved back, and are normally upholstered in microfiber or leather.






Dining Sets



Walker Edison 6-Piece Meridian Wood Dining Set in Cappuccino

Walker Edison 6-Piece Meridian Wood Dining Set in Cappuccino


Of course, you don’t have to purchase your chairs and table one at a time – there are plenty of matching dining sets available in all different sizes and styles. It's an easy way to bring home a matching look.

Dining sets are ideal if you want a dining table and chairs that fit together, and want to save money in the long run. Since you won’t be buying pieces separately, you’ll also be saving time. Here is a selection of different dining sets to choose from, based on the number of seats:



3-Piece Dining Set



Winsome Spectrum 3pc Dining Table Set w/ 2 Swivel Stools in Black/Metal

Winsome Spectrum 3pc Dining Table Set w/ 2 Swivel Stools in Black/Metal


Three piece dining sets feature a table and 2 chairs. These sets are suited for apartment dwellers who live solo or a couple living together.



5-Piece Dining Set



Hillsdale Wilshire 5 Piece Round Dining Table Set in Pine Finish

Hillsdale Wilshire 5 Piece Round Dining Table Set in Pine Finish


A five dining set is ideal for a couple or a small family. It features a table and four matching chairs.



7-Piece Dining Set



Homelegance Ohana 5 Piece Round Dining Table Set in Antique White and Warm Cherry

Homelegance Ohana 5 Piece Round Dining Table Set in Antique White and Warm Cherry


With a table and six chairs, the seven piece dining set is ideal for a family that’s between four to six people in size.



9-Piece Dining Set



Somerton Runway Contemporary 9 Piece Dining Set

Somerton Runway Contemporary 9 Piece Dining Set


Eight chairs and a table complete the nine piece dining set. A nine-piece dining set is best suited for large families or those who entertain frequently.






China Cabinets



American Drew Cherry Grove Canted China Cabinet

American Drew Cherry Grove Canted China Cabinet


China cabinets mix storage and display into one. The top hutch is usually made of glass so you can show off your collectables, while the bottom has drawers or cabinets for concealed storage.






Curio Cabinets



Pulaski Foxcroft Curved End Curio Cabinet

Pulaski Foxcroft Curved End Curio Cabinet


Unlike china cabinets, the curio cabinet is just made to be a display case. It has a glass front and sides with no closed cabinet areas. Many also feature a mirrored back or integrated display lighting.


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