How to Choose the Perfect Dining Table and Chairs

How to Choose the Perfect Dining Table and Chairs

The dining room is one of the most important rooms in the house. It's where we entertain guests, have family meals, and celebrate special occasions. So it's important to choose the perfect dining table and chairs.

The issue is, that there are so many different types of dining room tables and chairs to choose from. Some are traditional and classic, while others are more modern and contemporary. How do you know which ones are right for you? A dining room should be functional and stylish and fit your lifestyle. Here are a few tips on how to choose the perfect dining room table and chairs:


What to Consider Before Buying



The first thing you need to consider is the size of your dining room. You want to make sure that the table and chairs you choose will fit comfortably in the space. Measure the length and width of the room, and take into account any other furniture you have in the room, such as a buffet or sideboard.

black round dining table

The Century Round Table is a good size for a smaller area, as it only seats four people.


The Size of the Table

You also need to think about how many people you want to be able to sit at the table. If you have a large family or entertain guests often, then you might want to get a bigger table. If you have a smaller family or entertain guests less often, then you can get away with a smaller table.

natural wood rectangle dining table

This is the Live Edge 79" Lt. Chestnut Dining Table that comes in a few different shades as well. It's a good average-sized dining table, with enough ample room to slide either a couple of chairs or a dining bench.

dining table natural wood

There is also a smaller version to consider if you have a smaller dining area, the Live Edge 60" Lt. Chestnut Dining Table shows the variety of sizes within the Live Edge Collection at Couch Potatoes.


The Size of the Chairs

Shopping for chairs can be a little trickier because you not only have to think about how many people you want to be able to sit at the table, you have to consider whether the chairs are too small or too big to even fit the dining table properly. If you don't consider the size of the chairs, you may end up having a mismatched and uncomfortable dining set.


Seat and Table Height

Seat height is also important to consider. You want to make sure that the chairs are comfortable and that your guests will be able to sit at the table. Imagine accidentally buying counter height dining chairs for a dining height table. Those legs are going to be squished!

velvet dining room chairs

The Izzie Dining Chairs are upholstered in beautiful, plush, velvet fabric. Their seat height is 18", the back height from the seat is 16", and the seat cushion is 2". Knowing all that will help you find a dining table that is the appropriate height.



The next thing to consider is shape. Do you want a rectangular table, an oval table, or a round table? The shape of the table will also determine how many people can sit at it comfortably.

Deciding on shape also encourages the overall vibe of your dining room that you are aiming for. A small round table is perfect for intimate conversations, while a long rectangular table is perfect for large dinner parties.

round mid-century modern dining set

This Denmark 5-piece Round Dining Set is full of fun shapes from the round dining table to the curved backs of the Denmark Dining Side Chairs. It's large enough to fit you and a couple of your friends, and the shapes all flow towards the center, encouraging conversation.



Another important consideration is material. Do you want a wood dining table or one made of glass or metal? Each material has its own benefits and drawbacks. For example, a hardwood table is classic and timeless, but is often more expensive and susceptible to water damage. Glass tables are elegant and modern, but they can show fingerprints and scratches more easily. Metal tables are durable and easy to clean, but they can be quite industrial looking (which maybe that's what you're into).

dining table with round top pedestal base

This Beatty Round Dining Table has the appearance of solid marble but is actually built from wood veneers and solids. It's a unique style with its pedestal base and round top, and just one material you may consider for your home.



The last thing to consider is style. What kind of mood do you want to create in your dining room? Do you want it to be formal or informal? Would you like it to be traditional or modern? There are so many different styles to choose from, and it's important to pick one that fits your taste.

corner dining table for apartment

The Oltorf Corner Dining Table is evident of the mid-century modern style of design with its clean lines and organic shape. Pair it with the Oltorf Wood Back Dining Chairs, which also fit the mid-century modern style of furniture, and you've got a timeless and sophisticated dining set.


Design and Dine

Once you've considered all of these factors, you'll be well on your way to choosing the perfect dining room table and chairs. Take a moment to narrow down your options to find a set that fits your lifestyle and budget. Just remember to take your time and make sure that you're happy with your decision. After all, this is furniture that you'll be using for many years to come.

We have several dining options at our furniture store, Couch Potatoes. Come in and speak with one of our sales specialists, and we'll help you find the perfect dining room set for your home. We have locations in Central and South Austin.

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