If you have a formal dining room, your emphasis is likely
on entertaining. You’ll need to dining room furniture
pieces that are grand enough for a fancy space but that also
are convenient in a variety of social settings. First, consider
a table that is easily expandable and keep additional seating
on-hand to accommodate larger parties. Placing a buffet or
side table in the room provides a perfect location to keep
oversized dishes off of the main table space. You may also
want to keep a hutch in the room for easy access to extra glasses,
dishes, and silver.
If you have a more casual dining room, while storage and table
space can be important, it’s likely that greater emphasis
is placed on comfort and functionality. Probably you use this
space for family dining more than entertaining, so your furniture
choices should reflect that. Meet your family’s needs
with comfortable seating and materials that are easy to clean.
And you may want to consider a round dining table to encourage
a family-centric mood.
If your dining area is in your kitchen, preserving space is
a key. Consider adding kitchen furniture to built-in elements
such as a table at a window seat or bar stools at a counter
overhang. Kitchen dining areas are normally cozy and convenient.
It is best to work with your space rather than force an oversized
piece of furniture into a typically busy room.
Insider Tip- Dining chairs take a lot of wear and stress.
Chairs should be assembled with glue or epoxy in joints.
Insider Tip- Tables with extra leaves should
open and close smoothly.