Submitted by: Jesse Akre

Looking at dining tables is certainly a major adventure. Whether you need a table for a formal dining room, or you are looking for something a bit more casual, spending time to find the right piece of furniture can be very fun. Dining tables have been around for centuries, and people have always enjoyed eating together at a large table. As society seems to drift away from proper meal times at a dining table, we still take the time to gather for certain holidays, which requires a dining table to be front and center. As you spend time looking for the perfect table for your dining room, there are a number of things to take into consideration.

Measure the Available Space

The most important thing you can do when considering which dining tables will fit best in your space is to measure the room. Many people set out to purchase furniture but do not take the time to measure the space first. Measuring a dining room may seem a little silly if the dining table is going to be the only thing in the room, but it is incredibly easy to purchase a table that is larger than you think it is.

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As you measure, think first about how many chairs you will usually use at the table. This will give you a standard size for the dining tables you want to look at. If you plan to have a lot of extended family over to eat frequently, then it will be a very good idea to look at dining tables that have a leaf. Some tables even have two leaves. A leaf allows the dining room table to become larger while not requiring you to keep a huge table in your house at all times. A dining room table that has a leaf usually pulls apart in the center. The leaf then slides into the middle of the table, and both ends of the table are pushed back together. This allows two or more additional people to sit at the table, and it is a great way to have the option to expand your table without always having a very large dining room table that barely gets used.

Types of Dining Room Tables

Another important thing to keep in mind is what kind of table you want for your dining room. Dining room tables generally come in two different kinds. Standard tables are about the height you would expect for a dining room table. However, counter height tables are becoming more and more popular every day. The chairs that go with a counter height table are also taller, much along the lines of a barstool. Some people prefer counter height dining tables because they do not have to sit as low to the ground. Others simply prefer the traditional height. It is all truly a matter of preference.

Remember the Style

It is also very important to think about style when shopping for the perfect dining room table. Style can relate to things like the color or type of the wood or the style of the table itself. Tables can be either very plain, or they can be fancy with lots of carvings and other decorations. If you are having trouble figuring out what kind of style will look best in your home, then you might consider matching the wood with your kitchen cabinets. If the table will be in a formal dining room by itself, then you also might consider the trim and the overall style of your home. As long as you stick to something you really like, you can’t go wrong.

About the Author: Jesse Akre owns Edenvale Shoppes and hosts numerous furniture and furnishings for any home whether it be

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