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Dining Table Buying Tips

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

If you're like most of us, you probably don't buy a new dining table every six months. Yours will last anywhere from 5 to 10 years. So, you shouldn't be in a hurry to choose a table for your Live Edge Wall Art. We put together this guide to buying a dining table to help you make the right choice. If you follow these seven simple tips, you'll be able to choose a table that fits your home, your lifestyle, and your tastes, and that you'll love for years to come.

Measure Your Space

Don't like a design so much that you have to "figure out" ways to make it work. Instead, save yourself time by figuring out how much space your new dining table will need. Find out the length and width of the space you have. Then take 80–100 cm off each measurement. Why?

Your table should have about 90cm of space on all sides to avoid making the room feel crowded and unwelcoming. Consider a convertible design if you have a small room or a space that can be used for different things. For example, a table that can turn into a coffee table or console table.

Get In Shape

This isn't set in stone, but some table shapes work better in some room shapes than in others.

The general rule is:

  • Square and circular table tops do well in square rooms.

  • But they will look and feel awkward in rectangular spaces.

  • Tables that are rectangular or oval work best in rooms that are rectangular.

  • But they will look and feel strange in square rooms.

Build a Mock-Up

This could help if you have a short list of table shapes and sizes but are still not sure which one to choose. Use magazines to make marks on the floor where the table top will go. Then, put the chairs where they would stand. Put a chair out. Take a seat. Take a stroll. Use this easy and cheap trick to see how you, the table, and the room will work together.

How Will You Use It?

Will people only sit at the table on the weekends and at dinner parties? The best choice might be a design that can be extended and takes up less space when not in use. If your table will be used a lot every day, maybe as a desk as well, we recommend a very durable table top material:

Choose Live Edge Tables for Sale that won't melt or scratch, like ceramic, solid wood, or tempered glass. Tempered glass is very strong and won't break or scratch. Veneer can also last for many years, but make sure it's made of real wood and is thin. Over time, thick veneer can start to peel off.

Choose Colour Cautiously

Color is an important part of putting together a beautiful home. But for a dining table to last for a long time, it needs to be able to work with different styles. Black, grey, brown, and white are classic colors that will always be in style. They can also be used as reliable backgrounds for whatever colour is in style this season. Do crayon-wielding kids or noisy pets share your space with you? Then you shouldn't use matte white or light woods.

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