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.
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.
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Keep in mind that the table should be in proportion to your dining room size. Since you are the host, it is important for you guests to sit comfortably and have free space to walk around. Try to leave a maximum of 42 to 48 inches and a minimum of 36 inches between your tables and the walls. About two feet of eating space is required for a person to eat comfortably. When sitting at the table try to have at least 30 to 36 inches from your knee to the back of the chair. Round Shape Table – Some people prefer round shape tables because they will add extra space around the rounded corners. While rounded corners can help accommodate additional guests around them, these tables typically need wider dining space in your room. You can also consider pedestal tables as they offer excellent leg room. Avoid large round tables as they would make it rather awkward for you to grab your favorite food on the table. However, these tables are ideal for formal dinner and playing cards and board games.
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.
Formal – Separate Dining Room. When styling your separate dining space, you've got a blank canvass to work with. First consider how you'll use it; generally this room would be reserved for formal dining but if this isn't your style, you can easily make the room more relaxed so it serves multiple purposes. A formal iron dining table is the height of elegance; use plenty of candles for soft lighting, a crisp white table cloth and introduce hints of colour with a feature vase, wall art and table ware. You should also base choices around the existing features in the room. If you have a fireplace or beamed ceiling; work with this. Perhaps create a more dramatic space, an iron dining table with wrought iron wall sconces and candelabras and a rich colour scheme.