4 Factors to Consider While Purchasing a Dining Table

We live in a world where family members living under the same roof don’t have enough time for each other, courtesy our insanely hectic lifestyles. If it weren’t for dining spaces, where family members meet to have their first and last meal of the day, people living in the same house would have become strangers. Given the important role that the space plays in keeping a family together the choice of dining room furniture should be such as to lighten the mood of the users, therefore, helping them strike meaningful conversations as well as initiate trivial and humorous chit chats. Dining tables are an integral part of any dining room furniture set. Apart from its functions, the furnishing also has a major impact on the area’s aesthetics. As you can find the markets are filled to a variety of options for dining table, here are the four key factors you need to consider, before investing in a dining table.

1. Material

Opt for dining tables that use durable and long lasting materials such as wood from walnut, oak, mahogany, maple and teak. If you have kids and senior citizens in your family look for tables that are made of composite wood including MDF (Medium Density Fibrewood) and veneer for extra stability. These materials are also known to offer excellent protection against cracking and warping, the twin problems that people living in damp weather conditions face. You can also opt for different tempered safety glass variants, which apart from being scratch resistant also brighten the surface.

2. Shape

Dining tables are available in a variety of shapes, and it’s easy to get spoilt for choice. Always decide according to your condition. For example, opt for round tables as they can accommodate more chairs if you have a large family, whereas square shaped tables are compact in size and are a perfect choice for small spaces. Whatever may be your choice, make sure there’s ample space left after placing the furniture.

3. Size

Bumping elbows into the person seated next to you can be an annoying feeling, especially when you’re having meals. To address this problem, choose a table that allows enough room to flex your arms and provides ample clearance area. Ensure there’s at least 40–50 inches of free space between the dining table and the wall to help people move in and out smoothly.

4. Mobility

It is important that you opt for a portable dining table that you can easily fold to transport from one place to another if you’re yet to find a permanent home. There’s no dearth of wooden models with detachable legs that facilitate easy transportation. Choose one that is in stark contrast with the floor color to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your dining room.


In addition to considering these factors, make sure you choose a dinner table that blends with the room’s color pattern, thereby, upping the style quotient of the dining space. Last, but not the least, shop from reputable providers and check out for warranties before putting down your money. Look for stain-resistant furniture to ensure it doesn’t lose sheen/luster even after continued usage.