A Closer Look At Dining Tables

11/23/2011 14:16

The focal point of every dining room has to be the dining table. Without its presence, the dining room is essentially just a game - think musical chairs: a bunch of chairs in a circle, with nothing in the middle. If that was the case, then quick! Grab a chair or you'll be left to eat while standing. Starting to see why dining tables make such an impact in our daily lives? Let's face it, without them we wouldn't be able to have a nice family dinner, or entertain guests at a house party.


Luckily, dining tables are available at just about any furniture store or online furniture retailer. They also come in a variety of finishes, materials and features; therefore the amount of possibilities available to you is limitless. However, with this many options, deciding on which table to get can get confusing. So here is a small list of things to cover when shopping for a dining table.

The Type of Dining Table:

Believe it or not, furniture manufacturers actually offer different types of dining tables. But how does one differ from another when they all seem to be more or less the same; four legs holding up a flat table top. Thankfully, there are ways to differentiate one style of table to the next.

First, the Accent Table. These are standard dining tables, however very ornately designed to provide a sense of classic romance. The type you might imagine inside the palaces or mansions of your favorite storybook.

The Breakfast Bar is another type of dining table. These are usually smaller in size than standard dining tables; however, some have very interesting features that make them unique in their own right. For example, it is not uncommon to see breakfast bars with locking casters for added mobility and convenience. Some will also have cubbies and racks for added storage.

The Cocktail Table (otherwise known as a Coffee Table) can also be considered a type of dining table. However, many of us choose not to eat many meals on these, rather use them in front of the sofas and couches to place our drinks. But for those of us who enjoy eating dinner in front of the TV (myself included), then yes, a Cocktail table could be considered the prefect dining table.

The types of formal dining tables can vary by style and the amount of people who can be seated. Most can seat more than your standard Breakfast Bar. In fact, formal dining tables tend to seat anywhere from four to eight people. Also available are the long dining tables that seat many people. If you ever watch a movie about ancient times of kings and queens, you might notice them. These types of dining tables are called "Refectory Tables". If you're ever in need of a table that can seat an extreme number of guests, then this is the one for you, but make sure you have enough room for it.

That brings us to our next point when shopping for dining tables. Always make sure you have the space in your dining room. You never want to be stuck with a table that takes up so much room, that it doesn't leave room for dining chairs.

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There is still a lot more to know about the dining table. However if you want to get the skinny, then you'll have to wait for 'A Closer Look at Dining Tables, pt. 2'. For now though, I hope this article has given you a better idea as to why Dining Tables are such an important piece in our daily lives.