Feng Shui is the art of balancing and harmonizing your home in order to help you obtain what you want and deserve in your life. In this article we look at some of the common problems people experience with dining tables and how these problems can be overcome. The optimum shapes for a dining table are octagonal, circular or oval as this means that everyone at the table can both see and talk to each other. However not all tables are this shape, and to be honest this is often not the most practical shape for your dining area. Does this mean then that if you have a dining table that is not this shape you have to go right out and buy a brand new one?
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.
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Dining room table: Even today the dining room table is still the main focus of most dining experiences. Whether it is formal, causal or quick the dining table serves an essential function in our lives. Most dining tables are traditional square, rectangular or round but do and can come in virtually any shape. Dining table vary in height usually corresponding to their setting (i.e., a high round table and stools are good for a quick bite) but most often seat several people on once. Many dining tables have ”leaves” which extend the table to accommodate more diners. Dining tables can be found manufactured in a variety of materials as well usually suiting an individual's taste more than as a necessity of function.
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.
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.