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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.