How to Pick the Best Dining Table for Your Home

September 4, 2019

Malibu dining room

Just like a sofa is the focal point of your living room, a dining table plays a huge role in your dining room. It’s the setting for countless dinner parties, late-night cram sessions, arts and crafts projects, and deep discussions. A spot where you share tea, cookies, jokes, gossip, and apologies. 

With dining tables playing such a huge role in our lives, how do we find our table soulmate? When searching for the perfect dining table, keep size, shape, material, lifestyle, and style in mind.

One size does not fit all

Grab the ol’ measuring tape to find out exactly what size of table your space can fit. Make sure to factor in room for chairs, walkways, and doorways. 

Small Spaces – For smaller spaces, rectangular tables work well. Because of their slim fit, they slide easily against a wall and are simple to navigate around when pulled out. Even better, a rectangular table can fit up to six guests.

Small spaces are also great for a classic round tabletop, which takes up less space because of its lack of corners. 

tanya round dining table

The round shape of the Tanya Dining Table allows for easy flow in your living space.

Large Spaces Larger spaces give you more freedom, but sometimes they can be a bit intimidating. To fill a large space, opt for a long, rectangular table that fits at least six people and has the option to extend. 

bent dining table

The smoky Bent Dining Table is a unique option with its matching Bent Bench to add extra seating to your dining table.

Average-Sized Spaces If your shape is neither big or small, the choice is yours! Just make sure to keep balance in mind. 

Pick a shape, any shape 

When it comes to shape, you have a few options to work with. Deciding on shape depends on the size of your room and what kind of lines you prefer: straight and angular, or soft and curved?

Rectangular Rectangular tables tend to fit the most people and mimic the natural shape of a dining room. 

malibu dining table

The Malibu Dining Table offers plenty of elbow and leg space for guests. 

Oval An oval-shaped table works best in a long, rectangular room.

Round – Round tables work well in more compact rooms. They tend to create a cozier, more dynamic dining feel and are great for small group settings. 

Square – Square shaped tables are great for smaller rooms that are looking to save space, as they can be pushed into a corner.

Investing in material

An important factor to consider when buying a dining table is its material and construction. A dining table is an investment and you want it to be enjoyed for years to come. 

Wood – Wooden tables bring a natural, down-to-earth look to a room. Solid wood is hardy and its craftsmanship won’t disappoint you. If you’re on a budget, you can look at more affordable options such as MDF or wood veneer, which are strong contestants in look and quality. 

Glass – Glass tables are a great option for smaller spaces because their transparency opens up a room. Their polished look also tends to make a space look chicer. 

Marble – Marble tables are cool and refined. Their heavy nature gives a look of permanence and if they’re taken care of properly, they will be admired for years. 

Lavastone – Lavastone is a natural and indestructible material. Unlike marble, it is also nonporous, which means you won’t have to stress if there’s a spill.

sable dining table

If you’re looking for a unique and tough material, the lava stone Sable Dining Table is for you. 

Matching your lifestyle

Something else to consider when picking a dining table is your social life. How many people live in your home, and how many come and visit? First, factor in the number of members in your household. If there’s only a handful of you, something on the snug, smaller side is great for conversations over meals or work.

jinxx dining table

The marble-and-acacia Jinx Dining Table doesn’t compromise style with its comfortable, round look. 

Next, consider how often you have guests over. Do you have a lot of family visit from out of town? Do you enjoy hosting game nights or dinner parties? If this is the case, you’re probably looking for something more communal, whether that be a longer table or something with the option to extend.

Matching your (excellent) style

Arguably the best part about picking furniture is matching it to the unique style of your home! While the rooms in your home don’t have to match completely, it does create a visually-appealing look of cohesion, especially when your dining room opens up to your kitchen or living room. 

If you have space, you can consider going for a dining table that also works as a statement piece, such as the Bird Dining Table, which is anything but simple. Its solid oak tabletop features a live edge, giving each table its own unique design and character. 

bird dining table

Picking the perfect dining table for your home is a lot easier when you take size, shape, lifestyle, and style into consideration to narrow down your options. At the end of the day, it’s not about the table at all, it’s about the meaningful gatherings that take place.

Shop dining tables at Moe’s Home Collection. 

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