Style: Let architecture of the house decor and the other elements in the room dictate the style of dining table you choose. If the atmosphere is traditional, a traditional table will usually look best; if it's contemporary, go with a contemporary table. If you're buying a wooden table, select a wood that appears in the architecture or in another piece of furniture in the room, so the table will feel like a cohesive element in the home's decor. If you're going with a painted piece, repeat the color in the walls or other items in the room.
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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Wooden Dining room Table Care. • Keep your dining room table out of direct sunlight. This will prevent the oil finish of your table from evaporating and leaving a lack luster surface. Be sure to also keep it away from heating or air conditioning outlets. • Keep your table surface protected from heat, scratches and spills by using table pads, table cloths or placemats. Do not place hot objects directly on the table. • Regularly dust your table with a slightly damp or soft dry cloth. Clean up liquid spills immediately to prevent your table from soaking them up. • Do not drag your tables to maintain the integrity of the joints.
Capacity: Although the table should be scaled to the room, it should be scaled to your needs as well. How many visitors/Guests can you house on a single coffee table? If you host frequent large dinners, you'll need a large table. If you plan on using the dining table primarily for family meals or small gatherings, a smaller table will work better. (There's nothing inviting about four people dispersed around a 12-foot table.) If you only entertain large groups on an occasional basis, consider buying a smaller table that can expand to a certain decent size. To figure out how many people you'll be able to seat around a given table, allot 24 inches in width for each diner.
Light & Airy – Conservatory Dining Room. Styling a conservatory is all about bringing the outdoors inside. You'll have fantastic natural light and will overlook your garden. Choose a traditional style iron dining table for vintage, afternoon teas, with an antique lace table cloth and pretty table ware. Or, go for nature-inspired look. As wrought iron is a natural looking material, it'll look great surrounded by huge house plants and rattan or wicker accessories. Versatile – Kitchen/Diner. Kitchen/diners tend to offer the smallest amount of space so it makes sense to have a smaller table. A bistro style iron dining table and chairs will tie it in with most kitchens; sets can be contemporary or antique. It can be relaxed and friendly for breakfast time but then quickly styled up for an intimate, romantic dinner for two.