Dining tables: The table has been in existence since as far back as ancient Egypt though the use and concept of what a table does has changed. Early tables such as those in Egypt, Greece and Rome began simply as a means to lift food or objects off of the floor. The earliest versions of tables were often a simple plank or smooth surface lacking our modern day concepts of legs and complimentary chairs. As tables evolved so did their designs. Tables were often created for a specific function or stylized to the time period they were produced in.
Are you thinking about hosting a party at your home? You want to be a warm and welcoming host to your guests and, at the same time, show your style and personality without coming off as a braggart. While hosting a party, the dining table should be your prime focus. As a matter of fact, it's your dining table that makes a statement and speaks volumes about your personality. A dining table holds a key position in your family. This is the place where friends and family dine and share good conversations. This is why buying a dining table merits some attention to details. Among many factors you need to consider before buying the right dining table for your home, the shapes and sizes of this key furniture item require special attention. Here are some tips that can help you make the right decision.
The appropriate size of the dining table comes down to two key aspects: the dimensions and shape of the room that you are planning to purchase it for and the amount of people who will be sitting and eating at the table. The kitchen or dining room that you are planning the dining table for will dictate most of the fine details that you will need to decide. The following guidelines will help you determine what type of dining table you should select for your dining space. Size of the Room. The best way to determine what size your dining table should be would be to measure the room and ensure that there will be at least three to four feet on each side of the table for people to push their chairs back and stand up comfortably. Setting a small, dainty table in a large and spacious room will be too overwhelming in the room, therefore making the table look smaller than it actually is. On the other hand, a large table in a small space will not allow room for people to get up from the table and move around. So, finding the right sized table for the room is going to be vital.
The Breakfast Bar is another type of dining table. These are usually smaller in size than standard dining tables; however, some have very interesting features that make them unique in their own right. For example, it is not uncommon to see breakfast bars with locking casters for added mobility and convenience. Some will also have cubbies and racks for added storage. The Cocktail Table (otherwise known as a Coffee Table) can also be considered a type of dining table. However, many of us choose not to eat many meals on these, rather use them in front of the sofas and couches to place our drinks. But for those of us who enjoy eating dinner in front of the TV (myself included), then yes, a Cocktail table could be considered the prefect dining table.
That brings us to our next point when shopping for dining tables. Always make sure you have the space in your dining room. You never want to be stuck with a table that takes up so much room, that it doesn't leave room for dining chairs. There is still a lot more to know about the dining table. However if you want to get the skinny, then you'll have to wait for 'A Closer Look at Dining Tables, pt. 2'. For now though, I hope this article has given you a better idea as to why Dining Tables are such an important piece in our daily lives.
Size: The dining table should be scaled appropriately for the room: a small dining room looks best with a small table, a big dining room demands a big table. To allow adequate space for seating and circulation, make sure there's at least 48 inches between each edge of the table and the nearest wall or piece of furniture. If traffic doesn't pass behind the chairs on one side of the table, 36 inches should be sufficient on that side because the `Entryway` is more congested then any other part of the house. Ideally, the dining table should measure 36-42 inches across. Narrower than that leaves no place in the middle for food; wider than that makes conversation difficult with the person seated opposite you.
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