It’s not just the colour and finish of a dining table that affect the way a room will look, it’s the shape and size too.

If you’re planning on creating a dining room from scratch or you’re updating an existing eating area, the first thing you need to do is decide whether you’re going for a formal dining experience or a more casual affair.

Rectangular dining tables are widely used to make a dining room formal whilst a round dining table will lend a more relaxed feel to the space.

The second thing you should do is make sure there is enough space for your chosen dining table in the room you want to put it in. This doesn’t mean can you fit the table in literally, you also need to consider how much space there will be for the dining chairs and for people to move around in.

Dining experts agree that there must be a minimum of 900mm between the wall and the table edge to ensure that people can get in and out and also so that diners backs aren’t actually up against the wall!

If you throw dinner parties on a regular basis but also want to use you’re dining table for weekday meals, a good choice for a dining table would be an extending table. Dining tables with extension leaves will give the option of having a large table when you need it and a more modest sized one when you don’t.

March 29th, 2010

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