How to Buy a Dining Table? A Definitive Buyer’s Guide

How to Buy a Dining Table? A Definitive Buyer’s Guide

by Sushant Mehta

The best dining table for you is one that fits your budget, is appropriate for your dining space, has a design that you’re goanna like for years, and is sturdily built.

Which brings us to the main question: How to buy a dining table?

Don’t worry, finding the right table for your dining space is not as hard as it may look. Plus, we’re here to help you.

In this dining table buying guide, we’ll show you all the steps you need to go through to pick out the best dining table. Sounds good, eh?

Let’s dive right in then.

Step 1 – Measure Your Space

Buying a table for its design hardly makes sense if it won’t fit in your space. Save yourself the trouble by first measuring the length and width of the space you’ve allocated for the dining table. Next, minus 80cm from each dimension.

Why do that? You may ask.

The thing is you must also account for the space around the dining table. To have a spacious and welcoming dining environment, you need approximately 80cm of free space on all sides of the table.

But what if the room is small?

In that case, the best option would be to go for a foldable dining table or a convertible dining table — one that can quickly transform into a console table or coffee table.

Step 2 – Pick the right shape

While this is not a hard-and-fast rule, certain dining table shapes go well with certain types of rooms.

The general rule of thumb is:

  • A round dining table gives you a bit of more space to move around, and as such works best for a tighter, rectangular space.
  • A circular or square table best suits a square space. However, they may look awkward in a rectangular room.
  • An oval or rectangular dining table fits seamlessly well in a rectangular room. But they may appear a bit gawky in a square space.

Step 3 – Pick the right table material

This is where things get a little tricky. When it comes to picking the material for your table, there are several factors you must consider, such as price, your personal style, ease of care, and how you’re going to use the table.

If you pick a table that doesn’t cover any of these bases, you may well regret your buying decision later (and that would be just awful).  So to help you get this part absolutely right, we have described the common materials and their pros and cons.

  • Wood

If your dining table will get a lot of daily action, opt for a top material that’s highly durable, such as wood.

Mind you, not all woods are created equal.

A wooden dining table made out of solid wood will last till your decades, but it is likely to carry a hefty price tag. If you want a cheaper material, consider teak, mango, acacia, and pine.

  • Veneer

Veneer refers to a thin slice of solid wood glued to core panels such as plywood. Wood veneer dining tables are more affordable and environmentally friendly. They are also less likely to wrap or splinter.

While not as durable as solid wood, veneer can also last a long time — as long as it’s real wood veneer and thinly sliced. Thick veneer should be avoided as it tends to peel away with time.

  • Stone

Some common stone tabletops include quartz composite, cast stone, and marble. Among these, marble-topped dining tables look most exquisite, but can set you back by a couple of thousand dollars, or even more.  On the other hand, a cast stone table costs less than $500.

Stone tabletops are very durable, but the downside is they can chip and crack. And once that happens, not much can be done. That’s because they are nearly impossible to repair.

  • Glass

Available in different versions — tinted, frosted, or clear — glass tabletops are relatively inexpensive and durable.  Also, they help create a feeling of openness and space, which makes them a good option for small rooms.

However, they are not without drawbacks. They can scratch, chip or crack from heat. Plus you’ll have to clean a glass table top thoroughly and regularly, as it shows every single fingerprint.

  • Metal

Since metal table tops are not easily damaged, they are quite durable. However, just like glass table tops, they show every fingerprint. You may have to use a special cleaning tool for a metal dining table. Also, remember painted metals are not easy to repair.

All the same, they are an affordable option to wood tables.

Step 4 – Pick color wisely

How to choose dining table color?

This is a good question, and one that we get asked often.

Unless you plan to change your dining table every few months, we recommend you to not get tempted by funky colors. Instead, pick a timeless neutral color, such as white, grey, brown, and black.

These staple hues can easily work across changing themes and form a dependable backdrop to any trend color you happen to like for your dining space this season.

Do you have pets or crayon-wielding toddlers at home? Then it would be best to give light woods and matt white a pass.

Step 5 – Select the base cautiously

Did you know the base of your dining table affects the way you use it?

If you plan to frequently fill a small table to its maximum seating capacity, a pedestal base will suit you best. It not only helps diners avoid hitting the table legs but also frees up space.

On the other hand, large table tops promise a lot of space but can snatch it away if the frame is cumbersome.

All said and done, there’s only one way remove these deceiving flaws…

Step 6 - Test your table thoroughly

No matter how well you research, it’s not always easy to tell beforehand if a dining table will work out just the way you want.

And this is where we stand out in the crowd…

Each of our products is backed by a 30-day money back guarantee. If you change your mind, you may return your purchase to us within 30 days of the date you received it — no questions asked.

Final Words

Picking out the best dining table for your home is not hard. Just keep these simple rules in mind when you shop and you’ll do just fine.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What should I look for when buying a dining room table?

Some of the things you should look for in a new table is its dimensions, material, color, base, and of course, price.

  1. Is marble good for dining table?

It depends on your priorities. If you’re looking for a table that can complement just about any decor, has a timeless appeal to it, and will last decades, the answer is “yes.” However, if you want a low-maintenance and affordable table, you may want to consider some other material.

  1. What kind of dining table should I get?

Rectangular and square dining tables are more common. For this reason, you’ll get more choices there when it comes to styles and sizes. On the other hand, an oval or round table may be right up your alley if you need a little more space to move around.

  1. What shape table is best for a small space?

A round or oval dining table is the best option when space is limited.

  1. How to buy a dining table?

Before you shortlist a new dining table, make sure it will fit in your space, is solidly constructed and has a style that you’ll like for years.

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