Next to the living room, the dining table is the place where the whole family comes together. It is often the apartment’s focal point, or at least the kitchen or living room – depending on how big or small the rooms are at home. This is one of the reasons why a dining table should be chosen. Ideally, it is well-made and stable, offers enough space for potential guests, and fits flexibly into different rooms in terms of size; after all, a move can be pending. A dining table can be an expensive investment, so some key criteria should be clarified beforehand.
Which Material for A Dining Table?
Traditionally, dining tables are made of wood. But of course, they are also available in other materials. Glass, for example, or metal, pressboard, plastic, or a mix of different components. But what is the right material for a dining table? It’s very individual.
A dining table made of solid hardwood is robust and can cope with frequent use with children and pets. On the other hand, it is tough. This means that it is not necessarily the first choice for people who move a lot or chronic redecorators.
Veneer or pressboard is the more cost-effective alternative to wooden tables for the dining room and the more relocation-friendly option. But of course, they are more prone to damage. Depending on the quality, they can also quickly look “cheap.”
A marble dining table is another heavyweight item of furniture in the dining room. However, marble is very durable and of timeless elegance but requires a lot of care because the edges of the tableware can quickly stain stubborn stains on a marble tabletop.
In general, dining tables made of stone, whether marble, quartz, or cement, are prone to cracks and chipping. Repairs are not as easy with stone materials as they are with solid wood. To prevent a table with a stone top from becoming porous, it needs appropriate care.
Glass dining tables are a relatively inexpensive option. The glass plate is available in many variations: transparent, made of frosted glass, or colored. Glass dining tables are ideal for small rooms and dark apartments when you can find fingerprints and water stains.
Plastic and laminated synthetic materials are some of the cheapest materials for dining tables. They are characterized by durability and resistance. They are also very versatile, so they can easily be integrated into a new apartment.
Which Shape for The Dining Table?
Round or oval dining tables come into their own in compact rooms, especially if the dining area is divided into four corners. They are also a little more flexible than rectangular dining tables in terms of seating. At a dining table for six people, eight people can easily find space with a round tabletop. With a rectangular table, even if it is extendable, the table legs can quickly get in the way. However, there are also rectangular, or square dining tables especially models made of heavier materials, where the tabletop is fixed on a central base element. However, round shapes offer more comfort for more people because there are no corners of the tabletop to disturb the comfortable.
How Big Should the Dining Room Table Be?
Of course, that depends on how much space you have and how many people should or should sit at the table. For orientation, you can first measure the dining area or the room and then apply the following 2 rules of thumb:
You assign a dining area of 60 cm to each person at the table and then multiply this 60 cm by the number of people who should find space at the dining room table. If necessary, you can still squeeze one or two more guests in between without it being too tight.
The dining table should be set up around 1 m to 1.20 m away from walls, cupboards, and other furniture easily accessible. In the case of extendable or hinged tables, the extended dimensions should be the measurement’s starting point.
What Color for A Dining Table?
Color is a difficult subject. Of course, dining tables have long been available in all possible colors. And while classic colors, such as the primary colors and natural color nuances, and black and white, have a long half-life, trend colors can be a design disaster tomorrow. Red dining tables, for example, work well in minimalist, modern apartments. Black is always trendy but does not forgive time off from dusting and, if the dining table is made of veneer, no scratches either.
Metallic colors are also durable. But then they should also match the material. Pressboard in a metallic look usually looks inauthentic. Quite different from a glass plate on a metal frame. That can also be golden, silver, copper-colored or chrome-plated. Like wood tones, these colors have the property that they also occur in nature and are therefore compatible with almost all patterns and color nuances. It is therefore ideal for everyone who often uses fresh paint or new wallpaper.