How to choose a din­ing ta­ble

Shepparton News - - WEEKEND GARDENING -

If you are in the mar­ket for a din­ing ta­ble to en­ter­tain many guests or look­ing for a din­ing ta­ble to ac­com­mo­date a small fam­ily, with Fo­cus on Fur­ni­ture’s lat­est range of din­ing ta­bles, you will Ånd a style and shape to suit your needs.

‘‘A din­ing ta­ble is the heart of a home. It is a place where fam­ily and friends can gather to eat and en­joy long con­ver­sa­tions,’’ Fo­cus on Fur­ni­ture mar­ket­ing man­ager Samantha Clarke said.

‘‘If cho­sen care­fully, a good qual­ity din­ing ta­ble will last you a long time, so it pays to spend a con­sid­er­able amount of time re­search­ing the best pos­si­ble din­ing ta­ble that can be en­joyed for many years to come.’’

Ms Clarke said choos­ing a din­ing ta­ble did not need to be over­whelm­ing.

Here she shares her quick and easy tips to choos­ing the right din­ing ta­ble for your home:

SIZE

If you’re con­sid­er­ing en­ter­tain­ing for larger guests, you may want to con­sider how you will ac­com­mo­date ev­ery­one at the din­ner ta­ble com­fort­ably. First con­sider the size of your ex­ist­ing room, then leave enough space for peo­ple to get in and out of their seats. Mea­sure the height of the seat you are think­ing of buy­ing with your din­ing ta­ble so you can sit com­fort­ably. As a gen­eral rule of thumb, leave about 20 cm to 30 cm from the seat to the ta­ble top.

SHAPE

First con­sider the shape of your room. Round ta­bles can work well in smaller spa­ces and rec­tan­gu­lar and square din­ing ta­bles will suit larger ar­eas. If you are con­sid­er­ing a larger rect­an­gle ta­ble, en­sure you leave enough room for chairs not to come in con­tact with other pieces of fur­ni­ture in the room. Bench seat­ing is a great op­tion when space is tight as they can slide right un­der the din­ing ta­ble, pre­vent­ing over­crowd­ing.

STYLE

If you are af­ter a so­phis­ti­cated style of din­ing dé­cor, a tem­pered glass top com­bined with stun­ning oak de­tail will cre­ate a beau­ti­ful state­ment piece.

STOR­AGE

If you en­joy en­ter­tain­ing and re­quire ex­tra stor­age space for all your beau­ti­ful crock­ery, table­ware or glass­ware, con­sider adding a buf­fet in the same room. It’s worth in­ves­ti­gat­ing to not only al­low for those lit­tle ex­tras, but to tie the room to­gether. Buf­fets and hall ta­bles can also pro­vide a handy space to dis­play ex­tra food dur­ing a party or dis­play your most valu­able col­lec­tions.

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