Sometimes to make an improvement to a room, you don’t have to completely renovate the space. This past year, I’d been feeling very unsatisfied about my living room and dining space. Instead of completely redoing those spaces, my family replaced our cheap TV console with a wood TV cabinet. And, we replaced our maple dining table and chairs with a darker stained wood dining set that better matches the wood paneling in our dining space.
Round, Rectangle, Oval or Square? We have some tips on choosing the table that’s right for you.
A dining table may just be the most important piece of furniture in your home. It sees family meals, celebrations, game nights and homework sessions. It’s where you laugh, bond and share memories. It will probably be the one piece of furniture that doesn’t change when it’s time to renovate.
Knowing that it’s a lasting investment and place that will function in multiple ways, it’s important to understand the different shapes of tabletops you can get, what each shape accomplishes and which one is right for you.
Rectangular- Easily the most popular and frequently chosen design, a rectangular table often symmetrically compliments the shape of a room. It gives a sense of structure and tradition. Long rectangular tables can help break up a large space while still remaining functional. And, knowing that rectangular tables are quite common, (not that it’s a bad thing!) the chairs and decor you choose to place around it are even more important.
Round- Often seen in dinette sets, round dining tables are a nice alternative to a rectangular table. Round tables send a message of openness and inclusion. They can easily accommodate extra guests and as long as the chair size is taken into consideration, they are just as spacious as a rectangular table.
Oval- A combination of both round and rectangular tables, an oval table can be both casual and sophisticated. Having rounded corners an oval table gives a sense of inclusion, similar to a round table, but its sleek, straight side edges lend itself to fine dining.
Square- A less common shape for a dining table, it can be either a small two person table or large enough to fit a holiday feast. A small square dining table is perfect for limited space or as a breakfast nook. A large square table, while less common, can be used to take up a large space. A square table can make reaching for food complicated at times and with everyone so spread out, can make it hard to hear everyone. But, we like square tables for their symmetry and modern twist on dining spaces.
Some other important factors to think about are:
-How often will you be using your dining table? Every meal? Only special occasions?
If it’s going to see a lot of wear and tear, it’s good to look for high quality and durable tables, whereas if it’s going to used seldomly, like formal events, a more ornate design may be appropriate.
-How many people will be sitting at it regularly? What about for special occasions?
This is where the size of your room, the table and the design of your dining chairs come into play. If you’re regularly hosting large gatherings a rectangle or oval shaped table may be more appropriate. If you’re room’s dimensions are more square in shape, a round table may fit in nicely.
Short on space? This type of top may be the best fit for you. It will allow you to save space on a regular basis, but will also allow you to host larger parties when you want.
No matter the theme of your dining space, we recommend considering functionality first. Look into what shapes and sizes will fit best in your dining space. Then move to size once you’ve determined how often and how many people will typically be hosted. After landing on the right table, we recommend moving to chairs. You don’t want choose a chair that ends up being too bulky around your table!
If you have any questions or other ideas we’d love to hear them! Add your comment below!
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Why let the table and chairs have all the attention? We think what you put around them is just as important!
You’ve just invested a lot of time and money into your new dining table and chairs. The furniture has arrived and is set up in your dining room. Now what? You have the main attraction, so what you choose to decorate the rest of the room with should be selected with care. You wouldn’t buy a nice suit or dress and pair it with low-quality accessories, would you?
I chose four pieces that should be next on your list.
Dining Bench-It’s nice alternative seating and can be multi-functional if you decide down the road you’d like more chairs. What I like the most about benches is that they give the illusion of fitting more people. And I love the idea of having a lot of people around the table enjoying a meal together.
Sideboard or Hunt Board-More than just a storage space, these pieces can complement or accent your dining table and chairs. A sideboard, traditionally has more cabinet space and a hunt board you’ll notice is more table like with longer legs and usually offers less storage space. They’re great for hiding less commonly used china, silverware and other glassware. And, they act as extra surface space for large meals and decorations.
Mirror-I’m not sure where this idea came from, but I love when dining rooms have a large mirror in them. It gives the illusion of more space, it can take up a lot of wall space if needed to complement the size of your furniture and can be used for practical purposes as well.
Statement Chandelier-There’s nothing I like less than a missed opportunity and I think lighting (which is important for the ambiance of a room) is often one of them. A chandelier is like the icing on the cake. It completes the room. You can have one that’s simple or ornate in design but most importantly it should match the style/theme of your room. You don’t want to go overboard and end up with an eye sore.
If you’re unsure of where to start, I’d choose a piece that you know you need. Do you need more storage and surface space, is your dining room small, does it need better lighting, etc. and go from there.
Let us know what you’d get next for your dining space in the comments section below! And remember, now through February 11th you can save up to 20% off your dining furniture purchase during our Winter Dining Furniture Sale.
Questions? Our sales team is always available and eager to answer any questions you may have about our furniture and can be reached at (888) 390-5571 or you can stop in our Vernon, VT Showroom open seven days a week.
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Learn Why Dining Chairs Are the Most Important Thing You’ll Buy For Your Dining Room
Have you ever been stuck in a meeting or at a dinner and suddenly felt a twinge of pain in your back? Did you discreetly try to rub it out, but it suddenly felt worse. You maybe cracked your back by carefully twisting side to side and felt a moment’s alleviation only to have the pain come back shortly thereafter. You probably then tried to sit up straight and fix your posture but that didn’t help much because the pain was already set in.
As someone who’s grown up with back problems, I’ve tried almost every trick in the book. Chiropractor visits, physical therapy, core strengthening, memory foam mattress pads…the list goes on and on. And I’m not alone.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, 31 million Americans experience lower back pain at any given time. Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic in nature–meaning they are not caused by serious conditions. The causes of back pain can vary from poor diet and exercise to posture.
One thing that will set off a nerve (literally!) in my back is sitting too long. I know that’s true for a lot of people, but I also find the type of chair I’m sitting in can either help or worsen the pain in my back.
When it comes to dining chairs, I like a chair with a back that’s not too tall but also offers support and room to move. While looking for chairs that are ergonomic, I still consider the style of the chair to be just as important.
I’ve gone through our collection of high-end dining chairs and have chosen three that each offer something different, while still providing comfort to the person sitting in them.
Modern High Back Cherry Dining Chairs: With a seat back shape ergonomically like the shape of our backs, this chair offers lower back support and room for movement. This chair available as either an arm or side chair comes in cherry wood with a variety of Finish options. For added comfort you can have an upholstered seat or a flat wooden seat. This contemporary chair will instantly update a room’s appearance.
Estelle Cherry Chair: Modern minimalist is a term that comes to mind with our Copeland Estelle Cherry Chair. Its seat back (reaching just 34” at its tallest point) is slender and simple, making it stand out against the rest of our collections. The chair is available in cherry (or walnut with the Estelle Walnut Chair) with a variety of Finish options. It’s designed as a side chair and is available with a flat wooden seat.
Country Windsor Chair:Comfortable and classic these Windsor dining chairs offer you back support while maintaining a design sure to never fade out of style. Available in cherry wood with a variety of Finish options you can select either side or arm chair versions of this chair. It’s curved back allows you to sit back comfortably and it’s scooped wooden seat adds comfort while you’re sitting.
Aside from finding yourself in one of our comfortable handmade dining chairs, the American Chiropractic Association recommends some easy fixes and preventable steps for back pain.
Stretch during the day
Use proper posture
Invest in a good mattress (that’s my recommendation!)
Wear comfortable/supportive shoes
If you’re like me, comfortable shoes definitely comes second to shoe style, but it doesn’t have to be that way for your dining chairs or your furniture in general!
If you have any questions about the chairs listed or others in our collection, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or call our friendly team toll free at 888-390-5571. If you’re in the area or planning on driving through Vermont, you can always stop into our Vernon, VT Showroom. We’re open seven days a week.