How to Choose a Kitchen Table



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The kitchen table is a central space in the home that provides a venue for everything from morning coffee to family meals and homework time. Yet many are a bit unclear on some of the details about this type of table.

So to answer some of the “whats” and “whys” we took a look at a few of the most common questions about kitchen tables:

Is a kitchen table different than a dining room table?

Well, yes and no. While all kitchen tables are dining tables, not every dining table would work well as a kitchen table. These particular pieces are generally smaller and less formal than traditional dining tables.

What are the benefits of having a kitchen table?

A kitchen table creates a casual dining space that is perfect for everyday use when perhaps you or your family don’t have time to sit down together for a more formal meal.

It can also offer an ideal spot for someone to keep you company or for kids to sit within sight while you cook. It's a way for visitors to stay in the conversation but out of the cooking area – often a convenient win-win.

If you have a lot of chefs in the kitchen or are making a large meal, a kitchen table can also serve as extra prep space.

Should I still have a kitchen table if my kitchen is smaller?

Kitchen tables come in a range of sizes, including smaller two-person tables that could squeeze into almost any kitchen; however, keep in mind that if a space feels too crowded it simply won’t be as functional.

If you’re not sure whether you have room, measure the area and mark it with painter’s tape to get a more concrete perspective of the table’s dimensions in your space. 

Is it better to purchase a table and chairs separately, or buy a kitchen table set?

This should be based on what you want your finished space to look like, and how you prefer to select your pieces.

If you want perfectly coordinating chairs and a simple buying process, kitchen table sets can streamline the process for you; however, selecting individual designs allows you to mix and match among dining benches, stools, or even a larger corner bench that offers the look of a built-in.

Many prefer to have the flexibility of selecting these pieces separately so that they can customize the final look of their combination of table and chairs and create the ideal kitchen table set for their needs. 

This country-style table from Paula Deen Home would make a cozy addition to a breakfast nook.

A table with a drop-leaf, like this one by Sunny Designs, can provide the perfect spot for morning coffee in a more compact kitchen space.

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