The Type of Dining Table: Believe it or not, furniture manufacturers actually offer different types of dining tables. But how does one differ from another when they all seem to be more or less the same; four legs holding up a flat table top. Thankfully, there are ways to differentiate one style of table to the next. First, the Accent Table. These are standard dining tables, however very ornately designed to provide a sense of classic romance. The type you might imagine inside the palaces or mansions of your favorite storybook.
Height of the Table. While most dining tables are about 30 inches in height, some will vary depending on style. Chairs that are made to accompany dining tables normally span an average of 18 inches from the seat down to the floor. Pay attention to these heights, because you want to allow ample room for people's legs when they are sitting at you dining table. Generally, there should be about 12 inches allowance between the bottom of the tabletop and the top of the seat. The size of the room does not necessarily dictate whether the table should be tall or short. As a matter of fact, there are very beautiful looking bar-type tables that seat two people with bar-style chairs that fit in small space. However, the bar stools should still follow the same guidelines to ensure that there is enough leg room for the diners.
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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.
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.
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.