Before we go into the options, let’s set up some guidelines: Your chairs do not have to match your table. In fact, today it’s more fashionable to have chairs that complement, but not match your table. Unless you’ve inherited Abraham Lincoln’s dining room chairs, decide on your dining table first and find the chairs that work with it. Determine how many people you need to seat on a regular basis and how many people your table will actually hold. Take note of where the legs of your table are located and how many chairs will fit around the table if you allow 24 inches for each chair. Are you going to get enough seating to max out your table or are you getting enough for your everyday meals and will use other chair options for big events? Are you going to keep all the chairs around the table or will the armchairs live against the wall or will the additional side chairs double as chairs in the office?
Tidiness is critical in tight spaces. Have all things in place and find the best way to make it not look smaller than it is now. If you want to have a cabinet to store and display your most prized dishes or other objects, incorporating a small showcase in the corner of the room and try to fit it perfectly with the style of decoration of the room.
For families, a mix of solid oak and oak veneer is an affordable choice of material and provides a surface that is easily cleaned and looks good for a long time. Oak veneers are also great at withstanding the drying effect of central heating. Got young children? Go for a table with rounded corners. A table and chairs set in a big space makes an irresistible object to run around, which can be dangerous if little heads meet sharp corners.
Their desire for change is partly driven by the fact that they all want to use their dining rooms more particularly during the day so a lighter, fresher design seems more attractive and inviting. I also attribute their change to today’s ever-growing influence of Scandinavian design that favors lighter woods and paler colors.
We all know that a dining room needs a table and chairs. But what kind of a table and which chairs? What else might be needed in your dining room? A china cabinet? Sideboards? Serving carts? Or some other kind of storage, because your dining room also doubles as your home-office?
Before you buy any dining room furniture, take some time to consider these questions: What kind of space do you have? Is it a dining room or a dining area? If you are furnishing a dining room how often do you use it? How will you use your dining room? Is it just for dining or will it be a multi-purpose room? Will small children be using it? What s your decorating style?