The dining table is the heart of the home. It’s where we bond with loved ones over meals, where birthdays are celebrated, board games are played, homework’s tackled and the wine is poured when friends come to visit. A quality piece will last for years and form the backdrop of your memories. Yet, as the most multifunctional piece of furniture in your home, there’s a lot to consider when buying a new dining table and chairs. We’ve got easy tips on selecting the right dining set for your space and lifestyle.
Start by taking careful measurements of your dining room or meals area, as you need to know exactly what size table the space will accommodate. You’ll want plenty of room around the table for sliding chairs in and out. Allow 90–120cm between the chairs and walls (or surrounding furniture) so diners can comfortably get in and out of their seats. In open-plan homes, you’ll also need to ensure the walkway isn’t obstructed. Allow at least a metre gap for foot traffic to pass through from the dining room to the living room.
Rectangular and square tables are traditional choices and often work well with the layout of the room to offer a nice sense of symmetry. If your space is tight, they can also be positioned directly against a wall if needs be, and they can be easily added to for big occasions, like Christmas.
Alternatively, circular tables are very practical, especially in smaller spaces, as they allow easy access around them with no sharp corners to bump into. They’re also very on-trend this year! As an added bonus, they allow a wonderfully social dynamic as every diner faces each other equally and there’s no ‘head’ of the table. Add a lazy susan to make it easy to rotate the pasta and wine.
The Annalise is an elegant option with a French provincial aesthetic. Contracted, it comfortably seats 4, yet has multiple extension sizes to seat 6, 8 or 10 people as needed.
Your dining set is a beautiful way to not only create a hub, but also anchor your space and show off your personality. Whether your style is Hamptons, French provincial, mid-century modern, Scandi, beachy boho, industrial, eclectic or contemporary, dining room furniture comes in an extensive range of materials and aesthetics so you’ll find something that works for your home and look.
Timber is timeless, and pedestal, cabriole, turned and trestle legs can lend a country or provincial look to your home that’s brimming with old-world charm. Metal frames, marble, concrete-blend tabletops and ski legs, on the other hand, offer a more contemporary flavour.
The number of chairs you’ll need will depend on the size of your household. But opt for at least a couple of extra seats, if possible, for when friends pop by. Entertainers, on the other hand, will need to think bigger. If you like to throw dinner parties or big brunches with the gals, 10 chairs may be the way to go! Allow at least 60cm between each diner as standard, but more if you like it roomy.
Chairs come in an exciting array of materials, including timber, fabric, rattan, powder-coated metals, polypropylene and velvet. You don’t need to be restricted by matching chairs to a table you love. We offer mix-and-match options at package prices so you can customise your dining set to your personal requirements. Ultimately, select the look you love.
Visit us online or in-store to check out our range. Our friendly staff is always on hand to offer assistance in selecting the right dining set for your space. And don’t miss our guide to styling your shelf like a stylist with Hayley Little.