Tips to Help You Discover the Ideal Dining Table for Your Space

By Ava Brown, January 8, 2019

If you’re tasked with furnishing a brand new dining room or open kitchen, I’m sure you’re taking your time to find the perfect dining table. After all, a dining table is more than just a gathering spot for family meals and get-togethers. It’s also the focal point in your dining space that dictates the overall tone of the room. So, if you want to ensure you’ve made the right purchase, here are some really helpful tips.

Scandinavian square dining table

Pick a Style that Matches Your Space

If your dining room is already furnished, you need to consider how the new dining table will affect the existing look. For instance, if your space is decorated in a minimalist fashion featuring smooth lines and a neutral colour palette, a minimalist Scandinavian square dining table made of fine wood may be the perfect match for it. Wood is also the material of choice for traditional spaces, especially when decorated with intricate carvings. In ultra-modern spaces a clear glass table can help create a feeling of openness. But if you have a bigger budget and want to decorate your dining space in a more extravagant way, a table with a marble top will certainly look the most dramatic.

Consider Durability & Ease of Maintenance

In addition, the material your dining table is made of can also influence how durable and easy to maintain it is. For instance, quality hardwoods such as walnut, oak and maple are usually considered the best choice when durability is concerned. Their only downside is that they can stain easily unless sealed with a quality finish. On the other hand, glass is much easier to keep clean but it’s also more prone to chipping, scratching or cracking due to heat. Although resistant to damage, marble and stone dining tables are porous and can absorb stains, and when that happens it’s almost impossible to get rid of them.

Settle for a Shape that Complements the Room

While you’re free to choose any style of table you want (as long as it matches the room’s style), the shape of the room dictates what shape your table should be. For instance, a Scandinavian square dining table can be suited for a smaller room as it takes up less space. On the other hand, a rectangular table needs more space and is best suited for long and narrow rooms. If you want to be able to fit more people, an oval table offers maximum seating space. What’s more, round and oval tables are great for creating a more intimate atmosphere as there’s no designated head of the table.