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.
1. The dining table should be the focal point of the room – it ought to be in a central position, then make it stand out by putting a rug that contrasts with the flooring underneath. 2. Every dining room needs a talking point, something for your guests to look at or talk about while you're busy in the kitchen. Perhaps invest in an unusual print or an ornate chandelier, or a collection of family photos with do the job just as well. 3. Create a formal space with a rectangular table, high backed chairs and a cohesive arrangement. The opposite applies for a more relaxed space, a round table with low-backed chairs.
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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.
A dining table that is too small. If your dining table is too small for you and your friends and family to sit comfortably at, this can make people feel cramped and cause conflict. In some cases it can also cause digestive problems as people rush to finish their meals so that they can leave the table. To cure this problem you will need to increase the surface area of the table by placing a large circular piece of wood, chipboard or plastic on the top of the table when it is in use. This can be covered with a cloth to make a decorative, comfortable eating area and can be easily stored away when not in use.
Dining chairs: As societies developed so did their need for tables. Writing, art and craftsmanship that required one to sit up found a need for tables. As labour refined so did the wealth of society providing a new meaning to the table. Formal dining tables became popular and a range of dining chairs from simple to elegant began to be manufactured around the world. Though East and West cultures viewed dining differently, chairs in one form or another became the standard when eating. Formal dining began in the castles and manors of Europe where tables were extremely long and narrow providing uses during feasts and banquets. Dining chairs started as narrow ridge forms with high backs popular for such events. During modern times the dining chair has evolved into many forms and many new materials and being used to create them from plastic and metals to more traditional materials such as wood.