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What to look for when buying the right dining table

What kind of dining tables are there?

The range of tables that are suitable for use in the dining area is large. Variants are available for every taste, living style and requirement. The classic dining table usually has a rectangular tabletop and a frame made up of four legs so that every corner of the tabletop is supported. There are of course also table models with a square, round or oval table top. In recent years, dining tables in boat design have also become modern, in which a rectangular plate is built in, but which tapers towards the ends of the table so that the outer shape resembles the outline of a boat.

In addition to various table tops, in addition to the traditional 4-legged frame, various substructures are used in the dining table construction, with which both functional advantages and optical fine-tuning can be achieved. In this context, the so-called pedestal tables should be mentioned in particular, in which the plate is fixed in the middle on a single, more or less large foot.

With the Mikado frame, the legs of the table are arranged diagonally so that they partially overlap or cross. A modification of the 4-leg frame is the bracket frame, which is also known as a skid frame. Here the two legs on the short sides of the table are combined into one element in the shape of a bow or a runner. Another type of frame in which the two table legs are connected to one another on the short sides is the X-leg frame.

In the case of dining tables with cheek construction or tables with cheek frames, the top rests on two supports, which often have a width that is identical to the depth of the table. So that the short sides of the table can also be used as seats on the dining table with side frame, the frame elements are usually mounted on the top offset inwards. Side-panel dining tables in which the top and supporting components merge almost seamlessly. The seats on the short sides of the table are omitted due to the design - in favor of a special look.

Regardless of the shape of the table top and the type of substructure, dining tables are available for realizing almost every living and furnishing style. A wide variety of materials and dimensions allow you to make a selection tailored to your requirements and wishes. How big and varied the offer is becomes clear when you look at our exemplary dining tables in the two galleries in this section (see above).

How big should the dining table be?

When it comes to the size of the dining table, it is primarily about the required size of the table top or the required table surface. There is a dependency on the number of people who should comfortably find space at the dining table:

The rule of thumb is that each person at the table at least 60 cm wide and a Depth of at least 40 cm should have available.

Because on the dining table next to the place settings (plates, cutlery) there are also bowls, pots, platters and the like. Should find space for the depth of the table again about 20 cm be added.

If you assume that two people are sitting across from each other at the table, the result is one ideal dining table depth of at least 100 cm (40 cm + 20 cm + 40 cm).

So that four people can sit on the long sides of the dining table, according to the rule of thumb, it needs at least 120 cm from above.

In addition to the size of the table surface, the total space required by the dining group (table & chairs) must also be taken into account when considering the selection. So that there is enough freedom of movement to get up from the table without problems, you have to calculate the depth of the chairs plus 30 cm. This additional 30 cm is required at least so that there is enough space to move the chair away from the dining table.

When you have calculated how big your new dining table should be and how much space or floor space it needs at the place of installation, you can measure whether a table in this format, including seating, even fits into the room.

If the available space in the room is insufficient, alternatives must be found that on the one hand meet your special requirements and wishes and on the other hand are functional and comfortable enough. Such a solution can consist, for example, in choosing a table group with a corner bench. The corner bench reduces the overall space requirement because you can get up from the corner bench without having to move anything. Corner benches or dining groups with corner bench are also available - analogous to the dining tables - in various designs, styles and sizes. Many models also offer the additional advantage of storage space under the seat.

General information about the dimensions of dining tables

Today, dining tables are typically between 74 cm and 76 cm in height, which is tailored to the average seat height of modern chairs (45 cm to 47 cm). There are also particularly functionally designed dining table models that have height adjustment and can thus be flexibly and optimally adapted to the respective seating furniture or the specific requirements.

The standard length or standard width of dining tables is somewhere between 120 cm and 200 cm, although tables for the dining room with lengths of more than 300 cm to 400 cm are also available.

In terms of depth, the standard is 90 cm to 100 cm. If you want to forego comfort with the dining table depth for reasons of space, you will also find models with a significantly smaller depth of <70 cm. There are also suitable table offers with a depth of more than 100 cm up to square tables in 200 x 200 cm for people who want a particularly wide or generous table.

If the table and chairs - in the case of dining groups - are optimally matched to one another, it is also possible to get by with a little less width per person.

Should it be an extending table?

An extending table is a dining table that can be easily extended if necessary. Depending on the design, the extending tables have, for example, additional panels that are simply inserted, extendable panels or elements that can be folded up and locked. In connection with the extending tables, there is often talk of backdrop tables. This is understood to mean an extendable table in which the frame or frame parts move with it when the table is extended. Depending on the model, extendable dining tables can usually be enlarged once or twice. With the purchase of a single table, two or three different sized dining tables are available.

Choosing an extending table only makes sense if the dining table can be placed in the room when it is extended and there is still enough space to move around. Furthermore, of course, no pull-out dining table is required if the table already offers enough or more seats than are normally required. However, if you invite guests more often or like to keep all options open, opting for an extendable dining table is a flexible solution that can be easily adapted at any time.

In order for an extendable dining table to remain optimally usable and permanently functional, it is important that it is absolutely level. If the material is tense, it can warp over time, which can impair comfort and function. For this reason, an extending dining table should not be placed on a thick carpet, for example.

What materials are there for the dining tables?

When choosing a dining table, the decision for the material is primarily a question of taste and other existing home furnishings. Nevertheless, it doesn't do any harm to take a closer look at the various materials and get to know the respective advantages and disadvantages.

First of all, it should be noted that dining tables can be made from one material as well as from different materials in combination. In the case of a mix of materials, it is often the case that the table top is made of one material and the frame is made of another material (or several other materials).

Wooden dining tables

Loft extending table made of solid pine Pourevia

Wood is one of the traditional materials in furniture construction and in the manufacture of tables. Both table tops and frames are made of wood. Analogous to the wide range of different solid woods that are suitable for the construction of tables, there are wooden dining tables in various variants. The differences are not only in the optics (color, structure, grain), but also in the properties (hardness, load-bearing capacity, warpage resistance). Solid wood panels of dining tables can be varnished, which protects the wood very well from harmful influences. If the wood is oiled, waxed or leached, the probability that traces of everyday life will show on the surface is higher. In this case, however, it is not a problem to freshen up the dining table by sanding / sanding the solid wood and treating it again with wax or oil.

Dining tables with a "grown" tree edge on the long sides and models made from highly structured recycled wood look particularly striking and natural.

When using a solid wood dining table, it should be remembered that wood is a natural raw material that is dependent on certain environmental conditions. The humidity should be around 45-55%. Otherwise cracks, shrinkage or other changes in shape may occur. In this context, switched on underfloor heating - especially in winter - can affect the wood.

In addition to solid wood, various wood materials are also used to make tables. These are often very durable and easy to care for. Such tables are offered in various wood optics or decor variants.

Glass dining tables

In the manufacture of dining tables, glass is usually used to make the tabletop, while the frame is made of wood or metal. Transparent glass in connection with a filigree metal frame is characterized by an extremely "light" and graceful appearance, which can be an advantage in smaller rooms, among other things. With the glass dining table, the top should be at least 12 mm thick and either firmly glued or rest loosely on soft support points on the frame.

However, regular glass plates have the disadvantage that they can be prone to scratches. If you want a glass table for the dining area and are afraid of this risk, you can opt for a table with a fused glass top, frosted glass top or coated glass top. These variants of the glass dining table are much less sensitive and also very attractive.

Natural stone dining tables

If you opt for a dining table made of natural stone or a table with a natural stone top, you have to consider that this material is associated with a not inconsiderable weight. A natural stone dining table cannot be "just" moved or moved to another place, e.g. to clean under the table.

With marble, it should be noted that it is a very stain-sensitive material, which is why a marble slab should always be provided with a protective varnish. The same applies to the selection of a dining table with a travertine top. This porous limestone should definitely have a surface sealing.

If you want a natural stone table that is inherently less sensitive. Granite is a good choice. Granite is extremely unsusceptible to scratches even without a lacquer seal.

In general, when deciding on a natural stone dining table, it should be taken into account that all natural stones are sensitive to light. If untreated natural stone is used, direct action or wiping is required in the event of spilled liquids in order to prevent unsightly stains.

Dining tables with a marble-look glass top are a good alternative to real natural stone tables. The glass of these tables has a special ceramic coating that gives it the appearance of marble.

Dining table checklist: what you should pay attention to

Before you start looking for a suitable dining table for your home, you should think carefully about what you need:

    • Do you already have chairs, benches or a corner bench?
      If so, the dining table should match the existing furniture in terms of material, color, design and height.
    • Should the new dining table be purchased together with new seating furniture?
      If so, it is worth looking around at furniture sets (table groups or dining groups). Here you often have price advantages and can be sure that the furniture will harmonize perfectly.
    • How much space do you have to set up the table and the seating? When doing this, consider the space (chair depth + 30 cm) that is required in addition to getting up comfortably.
    • How many people should there usually be space at the dining table?
      (Space requirement per person, see above: How big should the dining table be?
    • Would you like an extendable dining table?
      How big should it be when pulled out or how many people should fit at the table?
    • Does the weight of the table matter to you?
      Do you want to be able to move the dining table easily, e.g. to be able to clean it better underneath or to be able to use the space more flexibly? Then choose a model that is as light as possible.

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