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How to choose the perfect dining table

When you are choosing the right dining table for your home it can feel like an overwhelming experience, especially if you do not know exactly what you’re looking for. When going into a furniture store the options are simply endless, and you may end up depending on the judgment of the salesman. Most often, that strategy leads to bringing home a table that is a complete misfit.  Below are some tips to inspire you and assist you with creating an informed decision

A Classic Rectangular
One of the first decisions that you need to make is regarding the shape of the dining table that you wish to purchase. Believe it or not, this aspect is relatively simpler than choosing the style of the table! The rectangular dining table is obviously the most popular among the lot as it is universally loved, both for its form and functionality.


Round Tables
If the rectangular dining table is the most popular option, the round and oval dining tables are the favourites in the small dining room category. It is not a coincidence that most compact dining spaces feature a beautiful circular dining table. Round tables also help create a more intimate setting, and in a world dominated by straight lines, the curves offer a welcome change. It is best to opt for a round dining table only when you need to seat six or people or less.


The Perfect Square
A square dining table is probably the least preferred option, and it is not very often that you see designers adding one to a lavish dining room. Just like the round version, here is another case of ‘small is beautiful’. Large square tables also make serving a hassle, so pick one of these only when you are hosting four to six people at most. However, some square tables can seat larger numbers, such as eight. Square tables look good in long, narrow rooms, as they offer a sense of proper proportion.


Sizing Up Your Table
After making up your mind on both the style and the shape of the table, it is time to move ahead to the all-important size. There are a few simple and standard numbers that will get you through this difficult part. The golden rule here is to ensure there is at least 105 to 120cm of space between the table and the edge of the adjoining walls or furniture. This will give you adequate room to move around and will ensure that the diners can get up and sit down without having to cramp themselves into the chair.

We suggest you chalk out this area, cover it with a tablecloth or bed sheet, and then use it as a template for the maximum and minimum size of the table you intend to purchase. A simple and practical way that makes the entire process far easier! While the gap between the table and the walls can be larger, try not to opt for one that looks diminutive in an overwhelmingly large room.


Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
Hirsch COO runs South Africa’s top independence appliance company that specialises in all appliances, electronics, furniture and bedding. They give the best deals and the best prices and everything is guaranteed.