Dining Room Tables

The central piece in any dining room is the table. It takes up a prominent space and sets the tone for the entire room. Before you buy think not only about the style and size but also about what kind of mood and environment you want to create. Dining room tables are usually a pretty big purchase so you want to be sure to get the right one.

Dining Room Table Sizes: Round tables are conducive to conversation but you can’t fit as many people as you can at a rectangular table. Round tables usually have a diameter of 48″ (seats four), 54″ (seats six) and 60″ (seats eight). You can always squeeze more people in but seating a lot of people at a round table takes up more visual space than seating the same number at a rectangular table. A standard size for a rectangular table that seats eight people is about 36″ x 72″.

Dining Room Table Styles

Traditional Oval: Traditional oval dining room tables are classic and beautiful. Often made of mahogany or cherry they’re the kind of thing that gets handed down through families. Antique versions can usually be found at auctions and estate sales and new versions are sold in many furniture stores. They often come with removable leaves making them practical as the size can change depending on the number of people you need to seat.

Round Pedestal These types of tables are easy to sit at because there are no legs getting in the way – just a single pedestal in the middle. Traditional wood and marble versions date back hundreds of years but they’ve come a long way. There are now many modern (or mid-century) versions available on the market that have a more fluid look to them and suit more contemporary settings.

Rustic Modern : This style has become really popular over the last few years. The style is streamlined and modern (usually rectangular) but the material is rough-hewn. Worn woods are popular, as are rough natural materials such as slate. Another very popular look right now is the mix of wood and metal.

Dining Room Chairs

Dining room chairs play a vital role in the dining room. How they look and fit in the room is important, but it’s also imperative that they be comfortable. Here are some things you need to know about dining room chairs before you buy.

Dining room tables are usually 30″ high while the standard seat height of dining room chairs is 18″. This distance between the seat height and table surface makes it comfortable for most people to sit but always test out tables and chairs together before buying.

Dining Room Chair Styles There are so many different styles of dining room chairs that it would be impossible to name them all, but there are a few that are particularly common. Queen Anne, Regency, Windsor, Mid-Century, Chippendale, and Ladder-back styles are all common and can frequently be found in stores (see BHG.com for examples of each). Also very popular are Parsons chairs, which are simple and streamlined and very easy to upholster or slipcover. But these aren’t the only options.

It’s not uncommon to see upholstered armchairs, club chairs and even wing chairs at either end of a dining room table. Nor is it uncommon to see upholstered chairs all around the table.

Dining Room Decorating

Typical dining rooms consist of a table and chairs, a sideboard or buffet, a light source (most often a chandelier) and other furniture as space permits. Despite the similarities in them, dining room decorating can still pose a few challenges. Check out these articles that will help you create a dining room that doesn’t just look great, but is also functional.

Photos of Gorgeous Dining Rooms Whether you love to entertain and throw lavish dinner parties or you prefer to enjoy quiet meals with friends and family, the dining room is a place to gather and enjoy good food and good times. Whether your style is formal or casual, traditional or contemporary, it’s important to decorate it in a way that feels comfortable and relaxing. Check out these photos of designer dining rooms to get inspired

Dining Room Curtains and Drapes

When most of us think of dining rooms we think of tables, buffets, chairs and chandeliers. But something equally as important in the dining room are the curtains and drapes (provided there’s a window of course). Amidst all of the hard furniture that tends to fill this room it’s wonderful to have some fabric and add a touch of softness. So even if you don’t normally include flowing curtains and drapes it’s worth considering adding some to the dining room.

Choosing Curtains and Drapes for the Dining Room: Think about the style of your room and what will work. If you like big flowing curtains that puddle on the floor, go for it. If you prefer a more tailored look choose something a bit more streamlined. The point is to use an expanse of fabric to add softness (as opposed to hard blinds or shutters).

A popular look in dining rooms is to pull everything together by using the same fabric for the window treatments as you do for the seat cushions or tablecloth. It’s a little old-fashioned and traditional, but the dining room is one place where this look really works. That said, it certainly isn’t necessary. You can always pull a color out of a piece of art or another fabric and use that if you want a solid color. You can also choose curtains and drapes with a pattern. Just be sure to tie all the colors of the room together in some way.