6 Tips For Choosing A Dining Room Table

The dining room table is a piece of furniture that will surely get a lot of use. In most families, it is not only the place where you enjoy meals, but it is also a place where the kids do homework, where you sit and go through the bills, and where you sit and socialize with friends. As such, when choosing a dining room table, it's important to put in some thought and effort. Here are a few tips to help you choose the best dining room table for your needs.

1. Leave three feet of space on all sides of the table.

There are few things worse than having to squeeze between the wall and table for a meal. This could even be embarrassing for some larger guests. To keep everything comfortable, you want to have at least three feet of space on all sides of the table. To figure out the best table size, measure the length and width of your dining room table. Then, subtract six feet from both dimensions. Your result is the largest table size you can fit into the room.

So, for example, if your dining room is 10 feet by 12 feet, the largest dining room table you should buy is 4 feet by 6 feet. This would allow for exactly 3 feet on all sides of the table.

2. Choose round tables for square rooms.

If your room is a longer rectangle, you will want to choose an elongated oval or rectangular dining room table. A round table would look out of proportion. On the other hand, if your room is square, you will want to choose a dining room table that is round. You can center it in the middle of the room for a very proportional look. A round table also maximizes the use of space in a square dining room.

3. Get a glass table top for protection.

Dining room tables made from 100 percent natural wood are gorgeous. However, they are also prone to damage. They can become scratched easily if someone slips while using their knife or if a child decides to push too hard with their pencil when writing on the table. To ensure your table stays looking its best, opt for a design that comes with a glass top. A table with only glass on the top has a very modern look. If you'd prefer a more traditional appearance, you can instead opt for a wooden table with a slab of glass on top of the wooden surface. 

4. Make sure you can get the table into your home.

Measure your doorframes -- including your entryway doorframe and also any that the table would have to pass through on the way to the dining room. Compare these measurements to the dimensions of your dining room table to ensure your table will fit through the doorways. Some newer tables come apart into a few pieces so you can carry them through most any doorway and then assemble them in the dining room. This is a feature you'll want to look for if you live in a small home or apartment.

5. Check the recommended maintenance.

Different types of tables require different types of maintenance. For instance, a wooden table might need to be waxed once a year. Glass tables need to be wiped down often to get rid of fingerprints and streaks. Read the maintenance instructions before you buy a particular table, and make sure the maintenance is something you're able to commit to.

There are so many dining room tables available today. Visit a furniture store to further explore your options.