No matter what space you have, we give you the best tips so you can choose the perfect furniture for the dining room.
While many homes do not have a formal dining room, because the owner chose to use the space to make a more flexible living room, available not only for meals but for other purposes as well, others have a room specifically designed for this.
# 1 Style vs. Functionality
The first decision you must make about your dining room furniture is whether you want it to fulfill a style or practical function. Is it more important that the pieces you choose look good, or fit your family’s lifestyle needs?
The furniture you choose for the dining room will largely depend on the general style of your house or apartment. If you have a separate dining room or is part of the living room.
# 2 Separate dining room
If you have a house with a separate dining room , this is most likely not a room used every day. This is also likely not a new or affordable home, but a luxury home or apartment.
Therefore, it would not be a good idea to spoil the effect of a classy environment with cheap furniture. Think hardwood furniture and fine fabric or leather upholstery for a traditional home, or glass and steel for a modern, chic apartment.
Incorporating genuine antiques will work well in both areas. If you can’t afford furniture from a well-known contemporary designer, consider purchasing dining room furniture that will become a family heirloom in the future. It is not just furniture, it is an investment.
# 3 Integrated dining room
At the other end of the scale is the integrated dining room , ideal for a busy young family, with an open-plan living room and a dedicated dining space.
The dining table may have to support three or even four meals each day, as well as providing a surface for homework, craft projects, family games, and home office.
This table will be the epicenter of family life, so it is not the place for modern designer furniture or expensive antique furniture. Choose something easy to care for, without fancy frills that will only serve to collect dust.
Dark wood not only highlights the dust but also every little scratch. If you choose wooden furniture, opt for a light color. Light country-style furniture is cheap and cheerful, as well as surprisingly elegant and almost indestructible.
# 4 Dining room furniture materials
Of course, wood is not the only option. Another sturdy material choice for dining room furniture is chrome, or a metal-framed table with a ceramic top and vinyl-upholstered chairs. Glass tables are suitable for a couple without children, but are not recommended for a family.
# 5 Details to consider
Before making a final decision, there are other details to consider, for example:
How many times will the chairs be dragged to sit, scraping the surface of the dining room floor? By answering this, you will know what type of chair legs are best (metal, wood, plastic). If you should place a carpet to protect the floors.
Are your family members particularly tall or short? Dining room sets come in a variety of heights. So you’d probably prefer to go for something in between that makes everyone, even the guests, feel comfortable.
How many people sit at the table daily? If you have only occasional guests, consider buying an adjustable table that can be expanded when needed. It will save you some extra space.
Finally, never buy a dining room table, or any other piece of furniture, without checking or measuring all the dimensions and making sure that it will pass through all the necessary doors to reach the dining room.