While they were once a feature that was intended to be covered, these days, table legs can be as much a work of art as a table's surface. With so many sizes, shapes, styles and finishes to choose between, picking the perfect place to share meals and entertain guests can be incredibly tricky. It's not just about four pieces of wood holding up a bigger piece of wood anymore!
While formal dining table sets are hardly a thing of the past, increasingly families are gathering at their kitchen tables for more than just eating. If you look through design magazines, it seems a lot of activity goes on at a huge table that also doubles as an island, but even that could be considered extreme to some. So, how does one balance needs with aesthetics? Your best weapon is knowledge!
The question for you to ask yourself first (assuming you haven't already!) is where the best place to put your dining table would be. Do you want a cozy place for two next to the picture window or in a nook? Maybe you're hoping to fit a family of eight at a large shaker style that wears well, or something that doubles as a buffet table on the weekends?
While not the most critical decision to make when purchasing a new table, knowing what style you want will help to narrow your selection somewhat. The following are the most commonly seen categories:
When deciding on a table that suits your needs, keep the size of the room under consideration. Choosing a table too large for a room will make it virtually impossible to fit chairs and move about easily. Be sure to measure your room and plan where the table will go before moving on to other concerns!
Returning to the question of purpose, we should next decide on what sort of shape to purchase. While there are some deviations, the most common dining tables will be as follows:
While the surface of a table is vital not only to the choice of care and the look of a room, the legs are just as important! Here is a quick little list of things for you to keep in mind:
Not quite! While we've looked at the basics that make up the shape and size of dining tables and considered what you need according to lifestyle and use, the last thing we'll look at are the various pros and cons of different types of materials used in making them:
Glass Dining Table: