Dining tables aren't just basic pieces of furniture!
Thanks to their natural connection to meals, they're the best place to gather your entire household together in front of a warm plate, as soon as you wake up or whenever you all come home from school and work.
Because it'll become a central element that you'll all make the most of multiple times a day, you really don't want to pick it randomly.
You need a dining table that matches your habits, household size, and interior style.
Too much to handle? Not at all if you follow our simple tips!
Figure out the right shape for your dining room
When choosing a dining table, it's important to consider the bigger picture: the layout of your room.
Have you sometimes seen a dining room that somehow looked a bit off but you couldn't pin it down to anything in particular? Trust us: it was probably the wrong table-and-room-shape combination!
If you have a rectangular or long-shaped room, the most popular design will be just right for you: a rectangular table, obviously. This is a handy choice for more than four people and especially if you love sitting at the head of the table when hosting dinner parties;
Square tables are an attention-grabbing and interesting idea, perfect in square rooms or in rectangular ones in which you want to create a separate, smaller dining area. Ideal for two and four, you can also find a square dining table for 8… or even a square dining table for 10! You'll prefer them to rectangular options if you were hoping to facilitate conversation without really having anyone at the head of the table;
Round tables are useful for the same reason but they look better in smaller square rooms because they allow you to optimize space. However, if you have a larger room, you can always consider round dining tables for 8 or 10 if you don't mind there being more room in-between guests sitting on opposite sides. Or, if you only occasionally have people round for dinner, opt for an extendable one that becomes oval-shaped when needed;
In narrow dining rooms, oval is a good compromise for six or more people: like a rectangular table, it works better with higher numbers of settings but, just like round designs, it looks like it occupies less space than it actually does.