Updated: November 2017
Dining Room Table Reviews:Many houses today are foregoing formal dining rooms as many people don't find them useful enough. We, however, love entertaining in our dining room and recently purchased a new dining room set with table and chairs from a local furniture store. The one thing you will find is that the variety, styles, and designs are unlimited and too many choices can make the buying process a bit tiresome. My wife and I have gone back and forth on color, material, and always price. I know that the table won't be uesd that often (maybe once every 2 weeks) and so I don't want to plunk down $5000 for something that doesn't get used much. My wife, on the other hand, wants the 'perfect' table and doesn't mind spending more. There are several key factors to take into consideration before buying a new dining room table. How many people will sit at the table? How big is your dining room space? What is your budget?
Choosing a Dining Room Table - The first thing to take into account is that your dining room table should be nicer in quality than your ordinary kitchen table. Dining room tables can be casual, contemporary, rustic/country, antique, or traditional. Materials - They include wood, glass, metal, and a few others. Wood is probably the most common and you can choose from maple, cherry, oak, walnut, mahogany, or teak. Seating Capacity - You should get at least seating for 6 and if you plan on hosting larger parties, then go with the 8 chairs. Expandable tables come with center leaves that extend the table and accommodate the extra people. Shape - This really depends on the space you have in your formal dining room. Many dining tables are rectangular in shape with room for 2 people on the sides and 1 on each end. Smaller rectangular dining tables are good for at least 4 and upwards of 6 people. There are round tables for dining, although that style is mostly seen in kitchen. Pedestal and square tables are popular as well. Measure the available room in your dining area and then find a table that will fit and allow room for guests to get up and down easily. When we first bought our dining room set we also put our hutch and buffet in the same room and soon realized there was no space for people to get into or out of their chairs. Price - There are cheaper dining room tables that you can purchase for under $500, but we say somewhere between $500 and $1500 is reasonable. Keep in mind that the chairs will cost you quite a bit as well. We paid a little over $1000 for the table, but the chairs were $120 to $180 each. It all adds up, but you want it to look nice. Dining room furniture is often finished with darker colors (cappuccino or dark stains). We even found some tables that marble tops placed on top of the wood for an elegant touch. Dining sets often include table, chairs, curio cabinet, hutch, or buffet. You don't need to buy all these accessory pieces, but they are nice when you have a complete set. Dining Room Table Reviews - We found two website with plenty of inventory and consumer reviews to look over. The first is Diningtables.com - there selection is huge and you can owner comments and feedback that have been posted online. Amazon.com is another great resource online with hundreds of owner opinions for dozens of dining tables. Hear what others have to say about a particular table and make an informed buying decision. You can find dining room tables and sets in your local furniture stores - just be sure to do price checks online since many furniture stores charge a huge markup (they are paying for their retail space that way). You can browse the best selling dining sets here.