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The dining table , understandably, is the focal point of the dining room. It sets the overall mood of the space: a lightly stained wooden table for four exudes an informal, casual feel, while a formal oblong table for 10 will evoke sophistication and formality. A glass table feels edgy without being visually heavy, and a bistro table is perfect for a small patio.

If you’re in the market for a new dining table, think about:

What Size Dining Table do You Need?[]

Be sure your table is sized appropriately for the space by measuring your dining room. A bistro table is great for a kitchen breakfast nook, while an oversized formal table will ground a larger room. Choose something that leaves at least two feet between the edge of the table and the wall to leave room for walking and pulling out chairs.

What Type of Capacity Should it have?[]

Think about how you’ll be using the dining table to determine its capacity. Will you be entertaining small groups of people or using it for family dinners? Seating for 4 or 5 will be more inviting and promote conversation. If you foresee yourself throwing large dinner parties, think about a drop-leaf table with extra leaves so you can customize it appropriately.

What Shape Should You Choose?[]

Both round tables and square dinner tables promote conversation and socialization, while large, square dining tables are perfect for parties. For a look that mixes the traditional with the contemporary, consider outfitting a large room with an oblong table.

What Type of Style will Benefit Your Home?[]

Try to find a table that reflects your home’s overall style. If you have a contemporary home, consider a sleek, glass table. If your home comes with rich molding, try an antique table with similar tones. 

What Materials Make Your Dining Table Feel More Formal?[]

Darker woods such as cherry and mahogany, will bring richness to your dining room. Dark metals and glass will add a sophisticated and modern edge.

What Materials Make Your Dining Room Look More Casual?[]

Lightly stained wood tables will create a relaxed air in your dining space. For a more retro feel, consider shiny steel or aluminum. 

How Can You be Sure that the Table is Kid-friendly?[]

 If you have youngsters running around the house, avoid tables with sharp corners. This doesn’t mean you have to rule out square tables altogether; just look for those with a more rounded edge.