Are you in the market for a new dining table? Before you hop online and start browsing the 1StopBedrooms top dining room table catalog, consider the answers to these questions carefully. There are so many online furniture stores offering a plethora of dining tables that it can be hard to narrow down your options. Answering the questions below will help you narrow down your search terms so that you can find the right dining room table for your home among the myriad of options out there.
What do you dislike about your current dining room table?
Chances are you have been using the same dining room table for several years. What issues have arisen during that time? Did you have enough dining space for family dinners or gatherings? What did you want to do at the table that you couldn’t due to issues with the design or materials of construction? Starting with what you disliked about your dining set allows you to identify the features and characteristics that you want the next dining table to be.
How much seating do you need?
If you are like most households, you occasionally need more seating than just for your immediate family. Friends and family come to dine on occasion, and you want to have enough room to seat them all at the dining table. At the same time, you don’t want a table bigger than you need as it will just take away valuable open floor space.
Extendable dining tables are best for these situations. You can store the leaves and additional chairs in a closet, attic, or basement, pulling them out only when needed. Most tables extend at least 18 inches, giving you an additional seat on either side of the table. You can also look for dining benches that offer a varying number of seats with or without the extensions.
Aside from eating, what will you use the dining room table for?
Most people use their kitchen table for more than just meals. You might use it as an office space if you are working from home, especially if you are only working remotely for part of your work week and don’t have a separate office. Dining tables are also often used as a place for study and homework for students of any age or level.
But there may be additional things you need to use your dining room table for. Your kids might need a surface for a school project, you might have an art project or crafts you want to work on, or you might need the space as an additional prep area for making large meals or baking large batches of goods. The more likely stains, heat, and other stressors, the more durable your dining table needs to be.