Shape and Size Selection
From a practical point of view, it is essential to carefully consider the style of your dining table and to assess the shape and size of the room it will inhabit. Round tables are great for entertaining and easier to move around in smaller rooms. Rectangular tables offer more space, seating options and legroom. An oval shape is also a great way to save space without sacrificing surface area. If spending time with friends and family is your priority, extendable tables are worth considering; but always check that you have enough space to operate it efficiently at its extended size.
When it comes to choosing the style of wood for your table and chairs, it is important to select the best material you can afford so it will stand the test of time. Don’t go for the mass-produced or flat packed, rather choose good quality, handmade, statement pieces that you will thank yourself for buying in years to come.
Wood is the traditional choice. Hardwoods, such as walnut and mahogany, are expensive but provide a wonderful formal gleam when finished with a traditional French Polish. However, busy households may prefer a more durable, lacquered finish. This will, however, eventually still require the same professional repair as French Polish.
Hard-wearing oak and inexpensive softwoods, such as pine, can be very practical if used with wax and oil finishes that can be reapplied when needed. The middle ground is a combination of solid wood and veneer, which provides an expensive timber finish at a lower price. MDF is ideal for those considering a rustic painted finish; and don’t discount reclaimed woods, especially oak, for that beautiful worn, antique style. Wood with metal accessories and fixings can provide a statement combination.
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