Guidelines to buy the Right Dining Room Furniture

If you are all excited at the prospect of buying dining room furniture for your new home, wait a few minutes to reflect and you will spend money wisely. Buying what looks attractive without considering various factors involved, will lead to disappointment because your dining room furniture is a long term investment. Furniture should be functional as well as aesthetic.

If you are all excited at the prospect of buying dining room furniture for your new home, wait a few minutes to reflect and you will spend money wisely. Buying what looks attractive without considering various factors involved, will lead to disappointment because your dining room furniture is a long term investment. Furniture should be functional as well as aesthetic.

Size matters

  • Size of furniture relates to the size of the room. You might want to seat at least six at the table. If the room is small, select glass and steel table or wrought iron with contemporary chairs to match.
  • For larger rooms you can consider thicker, ornate wooden tables with polished tops and nicely upholstered chairs to match.

iron

  • A sideboard-cum-server is indispensable for the dining area.

 

Now that you have the basics, you can now proceed to pick the size of the table,

 

Smiling couple at table in home eating lunch

  • Allow two feet width per person at the table. If you plan to seat 6, the table must be at least 72 inches in length. If the table has thicker legs, allow more overhang at all sides so that the tables do not clash with knees.
  • As for width, you must factor in width of dishes plus the serving bowls you will place in the middle. At a bare minimum 30 inches makes for a tight fit but 36 to 40 inches is what you must aim for.
  • The usual height for tables is 30 inches from the ground to the table top. The chair height must be selected, so that a person’s elbows are just a couple of inches below the table top or at level. A general rule is to maintain a distance of 12 inches from top of chair seating surface to table top.
  • Depending on the size of the room you can pick a rectangular or square table. A round table is another option, with the added convenience of being more compact and allowing people to slide their chairs in and out more easily. If you do not make frequent use of the table, you could consider an extension type table that becomes more compact for family use but can be expanded when you have guests.
  • The table top, if made of wood, must be at least 3/4th to 1 inch thick to prevent warping with age. Stone and glass tops can be thinner at around 12 to 15 mm. Keep in mind that stone and glass are heavy, and you will need the legs to be quite strong to support the extra weight with strong mortise and tenon joints at the frame. Hardwood like teak or mahogany is best for durability and strength.

Distance around tables and chairs

Allow at least a generous 3 feet clearance away from the table in all directions, so that everyone can pull out the chair and push it in with comfort. 3 feet also allows enough distance for walking around and serving. This is a vital consideration to avoid embarrassing tripping over that can happen in confined spaces.

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by Sandesh Dhanraj, on December 31, 2015