The focal point of every dining room has to be the dining table. Without its presence, the dining room is essentially just a game – think musical chairs: a bunch of chairs in a circle, with nothing in the middle. If that was the case, then quick! Grab a chair or you'll be left to eat while standing. Starting to see why dining tables make such an impact in our daily lives? Let's face it, without them we wouldn't be able to have a nice family dinner, or entertain guests at a house party. Luckily, dining tables are available at just about any furniture store or online furniture retailer. They also come in a variety of finishes, materials and features; therefore the amount of possibilities available to you is limitless. However, with this many options, deciding on which table to get can get confusing. So here is a small list of things to cover when shopping for a dining table.
Dining room furniture: The modern dining room has evolved quite a ways since the castle of medieval Europe. Today a dining room can have multiple functions from eating to entertainment. As a result dining room furniture has grown from the basic table and chairs. Often dining room sets will include cabinets for dishes, small side tables and even lighting accessories to compliment traditional furniture. Dining furniture: From low cushions used in Asia to formal dining chairs popular in western cultures dining furniture has grown to a wide variety of shapes, styles and ideas. Early Romans would use lounges or pillows piled together to semi recline while eating. Our modern society has in some cases adapted this same philosophy often eating in the living room sitting on a couch or sofa while enjoying TV. Dining furniture from around the world varies from culture to culture but always focuses on one similarity, providing people with a comfortable way to sit while eating.
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The types of formal dining tables can vary by style and the amount of people who can be seated. Most can seat more than your standard Breakfast Bar. In fact, formal dining tables tend to seat anywhere from four to eight people. Also available are the long dining tables that seat many people. If you ever watch a movie about ancient times of kings and queens, you might notice them. These types of dining tables are called ”Refectory Tables”. If you're ever in need of a table that can seat an extreme number of guests, then this is the one for you, but make sure you have enough room for it.
Harmonious – Lounge/Diner. A dining room off the lounge must tie in and flow-through, normally achieved with matching walls and floor coverings. Furniture must be in keeping with your existing lounge, in other words, don't try to go shabby chic if you have a modern, minimalistic lounge. Instead choose a contemporary iron dining table with sleek, clean lines and a glass top. Lounge/diners are the most difficult to decorate, get it wrong and you've compromised your main living room too. You must find the perfect balance that maintains the flow and also makes the rooms appear separate. For instance, it's better not to match colours identically but use complementary colours instead. If the colour scheme in your lounge is based around neutral olive green, perhaps go for dark red accents in your dining room.
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.