The first thing youíll probably want to look for is the dining table. Before you do get started, itís important to think about the size and dimensions of your dining room compared to the size of the furniture you have in mind. Tables and chairs have to be the right scale for the size of the area floor plan, otherwise you wonít have much elbow room and your diners wonít exactly feel comfortable. Generally, you should allow around two or three feet clearance space for guests to be able to get into and out of their seats. Allowance for traffic within the room itself, around the tables and chairs, should be two feet, at least. Of course, if your dining room is on the smaller side, youíll have to choose furniture that doesnít overwhelm the room.
Another thing you should consider is how many people will typically be using the dining room. If itís for a family of four, then you wonít need more than four chairs, with one or two extras for guests. If you plan on having guests over often, consider an expandable table.
After youíve considered these points, your options for dining room furniture are practically limitless. The materials available for making chairs and tables run the gamut from plastic to chrome, and everything in between. And then of course, youíve got a huge variety of shapes to contend with as well. Dining room tables may be round, square, rectangular, oval, oblong, and even trapezoidal, if youíre dealing with more modern designs. A round table is more intimate, and allows for better eye contact amongst guests. A round or oval shaped table is also easier to accommodate extra chairs, as there are no awkward or sharp corners to deal with. Square and rectangular tables are classic and add a sense of formality to a room, especially those that come in dark wood finishes.
Dining room furniture often comes in sets, which means you get the chairs with the table, and perhaps, youíll get an extra sideboard too. However, you donít have to buy the whole set. In fact, your dining room will have a heightened sense of flair and style if you choose separate, more eclectic pieces. It gives you more leeway as far as creativity goes, and itís much more personal. An eclectic mix of chairs is well suited for the contemporary home; it also goes well with a cottage, loft, country ranch and artsy theme.
If you have the extra space, your dining room furniture could include a sideboard, console table or harvest table for storing dishes and serving food. Again, you can buy these included in the set, or you can mix and match pieces.
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