Choosing the right furniture is essential to making your home comfortable, functional, and aesthetically appealing. The dining area is one of the more exciting areas to furnish, given the amount of time we spend socializing over food. But before you rush out and buy the most lavish dining set available, there are many practical factors you should consider.
Space – Consider the space where you dine carefully. Does your home have a dining room, or do you dine in the kitchen? For some without a dining room, the comfort of a living room becomes our primary place for dining. If you have a dining room, you want a set that builds a strong presence; more ornate sets, accompanied by the right lighting, can create a customized aesthetic in your dining room. If you dine in your kitchen, you will probably want a solid hardwood table top, built to endure the multi-functional uses of the space. If you prefer allotting dining space in your living room, you need to make sure that the dining and living room furniture blends well.
Crucial also to this issue of space is, of course, size. Before you purchase anything at all be sure to know the specific dimensions of your space, and know the dimensions of each piece of furniture you are considering. Be sure you have enough space to comfortably house the furniture.
Functionality – How many people regularly dine at your home? Do you often entertain people in your dining area? Consider whether your dining table will be used beyond dining; for example, will your dining table double as a homework space for your children? Answering these questions will determine the style of table you will need. If you have many people in your household, you might prefer a table with a pedestal base, as they comfortably seat more people than a regularly legged table. If you regularly have guests, you might consider a dining set with a leaf. If you have young children, you might prefer wood top to glass tops, as they tend to be more durable.
Aesthetics – With the right furniture and right lighting, you will have no trouble creating the aesthetic you want that matches your home’s needs. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your set; your entire dining area does not need to come from the same box. You want to give your home personal character, and that applies to all areas of the house. As long as you’re not mixing your dining chairs, you can enjoy multiple pieces from multiple sets.