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Choosing The Right Dining Room Table

Not only is your dining room table a gathering spot for family and friends, it's also a focal point in your home, especially if you live in an open-concept space. If you're in the market for a new dining room table, chances are you're looking for a table that you'll be able to use for years to come.

Last week, we shared some of our favorite dining room tables. Most buyers get overwhelmed with the thought of buying a dining room table. What size? What color? What style? How much should I spend? Although there's no right or wrong answer, here are some tips to help you narrow down your search:

1) Make sure your table is sturdy and well-crafted. If you want your table to last, you need to make sure it's strong and durable! Hardwood, such as mahogany, walnut, oak or teak is the best option. Choosing secondhand wood may already have scratches and nicks that have mellowed into the design detail, adding character and avoiding a meltdown if you accidentally add a few more to it. Glass-tops also work well and is a better choice if you want to brighten up your space. Tempered safety glass will resist scratches and heat, and won't shatter.

2) Don't give into trends. A good table should last you over 10 years. If you get something that's too funky, you might regret it one day! If you're making the investment, you should ensure you're choosing something that will follow time. If you're not a big fan of a hardwood table, go for marble. Although it's a big investment, it's timeless style will always be in fashion.

3) Be sure to measure your space! Your dining room table has to fit the area it will go in. Dining room tables are large pieces of furniture and you need space around it for comfortability. You want at least 3 - 3.5 feet of breathing room on all sides of the table to easily fit and sit in chairs and to move around. Measure the length and width of the area to know how large your dining table should be.

4) Think about how you will use the table to determine the shape. Square and rectangular dining room tables are most common and will have the widest selection. An oval or round table will give you some more space, which could be better for smaller areas.

5) The most important step - make sure your chairs fit at your new table before purchasing! Most buyers are not buying their table and chairs in sets anymore. People are choosing to mix-and-match and tie their chairs into the other decor in their home. Be sure to measure and ensure your chairs work with your table. You want to make sure you're sitting at a comfortable height and aren't too close to the person beside you.

Be sure to read up on reviews on the table you're going to purchase. If you're purchasing from a store, search the make and model of the table online to try and find any information on it. Ask the sales associate if he or she has heard any feedback from customers! Like any large purchase, be sure to do your research before making the investment!

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