WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Make a prac­ti­cal choice

Style at Home (UK) - - Smart Dining Sets -

FIN­ISH

Lac­quered wood and ve­neer need lit­tle up­keep, while oiled or waxed fin­ishes will need treat­ing. Wood can be marked, so ta­ble mats should be used. Glass sur­faces are less prone to dam­age.

UP­HOL­STERY

Avoid chairs with light colours and del­i­cate fabrics if you have kids or pets. Go for pat­terns and harder-wear­ing weaves or loose cov­ers that can be washed. Leather and faux leather are durable and easy to clean.

CHAIR SPACE

To work out how many chairs you can fit around a ta­ble, al­low 60cm per diner, and 80cm be­tween the ta­ble and wall.

LEG ROOM

Make sure chairs are the right height. Stan­dard seat height is about 48cm, while ta­bles range from 73-77cm. Al­low 20-28cm be­tween the top of the seat and the un­der­side of the ta­ble.

QUAL­ITY CHECK

A ta­ble should sit firmly on its feet if you ap­ply pres­sure to the cor­ners or pull on the legs. Check that the joints aren’t loose and if it’s an ex­tend­ing de­sign, test it first.

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