The right dining table in your home can bring you great memories of shared meals with loved ones for years to come. A good table can last up to ten years or more. With the amount of choice that you’ll find in Vancouver dining room furniture, it can be tricky to decipher what material, style, shape, and size of the table will work best in your living space.
There’s more that comes into play when choosing a dining set other than your budget. To avoid making a decision that you’ll regret when you bring your furniture home, think about the style, shape, and materials of your dining furniture before you purchase. Here we go over some things to consider when you’re searching for the perfect table to share a meal.
Avoid short term trends
If you want your table to last through the years, avoid short term trendy styles in dining tables and dining stools. If you end up bringing home a table that has some strange details or funky additions, you may wake up one day and wish you had chosen a simple table instead. Consider a table with a timeless style if you want your table to last through the years.
When you’re walking through a showroom or a furniture store looking at the right dining table sets for your home, consider sitting at the tables to inspect how it feels, it’s sturdiness, and examine any signs of wear on the table and dining chairs. The absence of large knicks and scratches may be signs of how much use this piece of furniture may endure. Choosing the right table material can mean the difference between a table that lasts you for decades versus a table that will only last you a few years. Here we describe some common materials used in Vancouver dining room furniture.
Wood: Although an expensive option, solid wood like acacia, pine, and teak are popular options because of the durability and ease of repair.
Veneer/Wood-Look: A thin layer of solid wood (or material that looks like wood) is glued to plywood and is often more affordable than solid wood.
Stone and Stone-Look: Marble, quartz composite or cast stone is elegant and durable but they can be prone to staining. If any chips or cracks occur, they can also be hard to repair.
Glass tabletops can create a feeling of openness in your home but it can be susceptible to chips, cracks, and fingerprints.
Metal tables such as the Harrison Metal Bar Table is very durable and resistant to damage. It will require special cleaning tools to remove fingerprints. The plus side is that these tables can be more affordable than wood tables.
Plastic and laminates are often glued to a plywood or another core and can be durable, resist staining but they are often perceived as cheap.
Your table needs to fit your dining area appropriately. It can be uncomfortable for you and your dinner guests if they can’t move around the table! Having three feet of room on all sides of the table is what you need to comfortably sit in a chair and move around.
It’s a good idea to think about the shape of your room before you settle on the shape of your dining room set. For a small rectangular space, an oval-shaped table like the Boomerang Oval Extension table can work well.
A round or oval table can work well in a square room as it cuts corners and can give you more space to move around without sacrificing surface area. It works great for conversation and you can fit more heads around the table.
You’ll find a number of options for rectangular or square tables if you have a rectangular-shaped dining room.
Table supports often include either trestle, pedestal, or legs and this can affect how many people you can sit at the table. Thinner legs on the table can allow more people to fit in but a trestle or pedestal supported tabletop will be even more flexible in allowing more people to easily gather around for a meal. A centre base with a pedestal style table is your best option to fit more heads at the table, but be wary that large round tables with a centre base can be less sturdy than a table with four legs.
For a selection of dining chairs and dining stools in Vancouver to go along with your kitchen bar or right dining table, visit the Industrial Revolution furniture store on Granville Street in Vancouver.