Keep these pointers in mind before you've placed an order for a dining table. Whether you're a family of two or more, you need to assess all these points to make the right choice.
Material: Picking the right material can be daunting, but it's the most important step in buying a dining table. Here's what you can consider:
Wood: Durable and easy to repair; but it's expensive compared to other materials.
Glass: Economical as a tabletop, but can chip from heat and easily showcase stains, scratches and fingerprints.
Stone: Durable and sturdy, but it's difficult to restore if it chips and stones like marble can be exorbitantly priced.
Laminate: Resistant to staining and easy to maintain, but it's often perceived as low quality.
Metal: Doesn't get damaged easily and is cheaper than wood, but it requires special cleaning tools.
Measure your space: Bring out your measuring tape! Leave at least three feet around the dining table, as you need to factor in other furniture. Always remember the more the negative space, the better! Also think about the visual weight of your dining table. Is it going to swallow up too much space and look bulky in your dining room? If yes, then it's best to consider an option that's sleek.
Shape: Certain shapes work better with certain room types. This is the rule of thumb: Square/circular tables work better in square rooms, but they don't look great in rectangular rooms. While rectangular and oval-shaped tables look better in rectangular rooms.
Ease of maintenance: Prioritise your material because that's the best way to ensure you're bringing home a low-maintenance dining table. But, you also need to look for the construction. Look under the table and at its legs, wood joint to wood is usually a sign of sturdy construction. While multiple hooks and joints signify a weak construction. If there are gaps in the joints, that means you're in for high maintenance.
Choose which parts you need: Dining tables usually come with chairs, but do you need all of them? If you're got a spare wall, why not install a seating booth there and add chairs on the other side? That way you can save some money. Gauge all your requirements, if you're short on space, get a table with extendable hinges which you can open out when you're entertaining or eating only.
Style: Choose your aesthetic wisely because it needs to match the rest of your space and furniture. While your dining table will be the hero of your dining room, you can choose from contemporary, eclectic, modern to even Scandinavian. There's a lot to choose from, so ensure you know what style you're going for before you invest in one.
Pick your budget: It's always easy to go overboard when you're shopping for your home. But remember, there's still a lot of furniture you need. The best way to go forward is to make a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves. That way if you find a table you like, you can check the boxes and see what matches your budget best while making the purchase.
Be careful with colour: It's great if you're a colour buff! But what may be hot today, may look outdated tomorrow due to constantly evolving decor trends. It's best to stick to your primary colours if you want a splash of colour in the room.
Reevaluate your needs: Dining tables can be a bit of an expense. So do you really need one? If you live alone or only with one other person, it's possible that you spend most of your mealtimes in front of the TV. If that's the case, then a dining table may not be a great investment. Asses your needs before you invest in one!