Considering kinds of dining tables is the first step to furnishing your dining room. One could consider getting a dining set; the sort that has a matched set of table, chairs, sideboard or hutch or server etc., or you can mix and match, choosing from a wide array of dining tables that are available to suit any requirement. You could choose a truly exclusive and unusual dining table or you could get a not very extraordinary one and then use touches like custom table cloths, high quality linen or fine china and exquisite cutlery to set it off. There is a lot to choose from:
The Shape: The shape of dining tables has evolved a lot since the time when it was a boring rectangle; take it or leave it. Now one can choose from among round, oval, square, you name it! The rule of thumb with the shape of dining tables is, go for round when there is less space. Also the big rectangle table can appear quite formal so if it is a cozy or intimate setting that one is aiming for, round may be the way to go.
Size: Here again the choices are vast. For a really large and formal dining space, one could choose a long dining table that can seat 8, 10 or more people. But few of us may have such a requirement or indeed the kind of dining area that would be required to accommodate that. It is important to remember that many of us don't even need the traditional 6 seater dining table on a daily basis. Consider an interestingly different square four seater. This may well be enough for the daily requirements of many of us. If one does need six chairs but has space constrains then round is the way to go. With round tables, more chairs can be fit around a table while taking up less space. Sometimes dining sets make a lot of sense for they could well be the space savers that one is looking for.
Materials used to make the table: It makes a lot of practical sense to go in for a veneer table which looks like wood but is sturdier and more hardy, being resistant to warping, spills etc. many of us may not like the look of veneer, in which case one can always invest in a custom tablecloth to impart the exclusivity and touch of class. Wood is not the only material available for dining tables; far from it. Wrought iron, glass and even plastic are some of the other options that one may do well to consider.
Glass is classy; plus transparent and therefore creates the illusion of more space. It is easy to clean but can be prone to gather dust and scratches. As for plastic, they don't have to look ‘cheap' as may be a popular perception. Now even these can be got in great designs and finishes that are almost indistinguishable from wood! And they aren't just for the garden or yard either. With some imagination they could be made to fit anywhere! So lots to choose from there, in terms of the kinds of dining tables that you could buy!