The following guide discusses various dining room table material such as wood, glass, metal, marble, laminate tables etc. Also, it talks about table styles, shapes etc so go ahead and have a look.
The dining room table is a crucial piece of home furniture. It’s both a gathering spot and your room’s focal point. You should, therefore, shop for a table that complements your dining room’s design as well as your fashion taste and style. However, with the furniture market flooded with all kinds of dining room tables, choosing the best table can appear quite strenuous. To find the best dining table, you should consider the table’s material, style and shape.
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Dining Tables Materials
Dining room tables’ construction relies on different materials. The table may have a holistic design or a design that uses different materials for the tabletop and the table’s frame. Here are the most common dining tables materials:
Wood Dining Table
Wood is a versatile construction material. Wood can be hardwood, softwood or composite wood. If you settle on a wood dining table, opt for hardwood. Common hardwoods include mahogany, oak, maple and walnut. Hardwoods are both attractive and long lasting. However, hardwood dining room tables are more expensive than their softwood and composite wood counterparts.
Glass Dining Table
A glass tabletop is modern, airy and elegant. Glass is also easy to clean. A table with a glass tabletop may have a graphite, wooden or metal frame.
Metal Dining Table
Metal is sturdy and durable. A metal tabletop is also modern, stain resistant and cool to the touch. If your dining space is industrial or contemporary, a metal tabletop can be a good fit.
Marble Dining Table
Marble is not just for kitchen counter tops. Today, marble is a common material for particular luxurious dining table models. Marble has an elegant rich tone. Marble is also easy to clean.
The laminate tabletop fits different styles and budgets. Laminate tabletops have different layers of materials that can include PVC, high impact melamine and some wood grain finish. Laminate is sturdy and durable.
Dining Room Tables Shapes
The shape of your dining table may depend on available space or your preferences. Dining tables come in a variety of shapes. Most common shapes include:
- Rectangular (most common shape. Good as a divider in open plan houses).
- Square (in fashion lately. Consumes a lot of space. Good for square areas).
- Round (old fashion but looks very cozy. It consumes also a lot of space).
- Oval (easy in placement. Practical and does not consume a lot of space).
- Freeform (good for eccentric or artistic designs).
Dining Tables Style
Style is an important consideration since it’s your chance to make a personal statement. Dining room tables’ styles include the following:
Pick the style that creates your intended ambiance and rhymes with your other home furniture choices.
All in all, purchasing a dining table is a personal experience. Fortunately, anyone can find a table that fits their taste and budget. Take your time and find a dining table of your dreams.
We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our readers below:
Where to put dining table in living room
The classic arrangement of placing a dining table is in the center of the room under a light fixture.
Why choose a round dining table
Usually round tables can fit more people than rectangular ones and also round tables feel cozy.
Why choose a wood dining table
The most obvious advantages of wood dining tables (especially solid wood tables) is that they have a warm, natural and elegant look and also they last much longer than plastic molded or glass tables.
What are standard dining table sizes
The minimum width of a dining table is 36 inches to have enough space for guests and for food. Also, the height of the table should be such as to allow enough clearance above the knees of people sitting, so height should be around 28 to 30 inches.
Below you can find some standard table sizes based on table shape:
Square Table Size
36 to 44 inches Square for 4 people.
Rectangular Table Size
36″W x 48″L for 4 people
36″W x 60″L for 4-6 people
36″W x 78″L for 6-8 people
Round Table Size
36″ to 44″ Diameter for 4 people
44″ to 54″ Diameter for 4-6 people
54″ to 72″ Diameter for 6-8 people
Oval Table Size
36”W x 56”L for 4-6 people
36″W x 72”L for 6-8 people
36″W x 84”L for 8-10 people
Which dining table material is best
This depends heavily on the design of the rest of the house. If you have a minimalistic or contemporary interior, then choosing metal or glass dining table is the best choice. If the whole interior is traditional, then wooden table is the way to go.
Best wood for Dining Table Top
If you are considering a wooden dining table for your house and you want it to stand the test of time, then avoid engineered or composite woods, which include plywoods and MDF. Although these wood types are economical and will also last several years, if you truly want a dining table to last for a lifetime then go for hardwood material. Hardwood includes walnut, teak, mahogany, maple and oak.
Feng Shui Dining Table Material
If you are into Feng Shui, then selecting the proper dining table for good Feng-Shui in your home is important.
Generally speaking, round or oval tables are better for Feng-Shui but only if they fit well in the rest of the area. You can also go for rectangular or square tables if they fit better in the dining area but always try to avoid sharp corners (try to find one with rounded corners). Moreover, regarding material, invest in good quality wood and try to avoid a glass top dining table.
How to build a Walnut Dining Table
Here is a video for DIY people who want to build their own Walnut Dining Table: