There are a bunch of questions you should ask yourself as well as the retailer that you buy your furniture from, before you plunge in to buy any dining room furniture.
What furniture will suit the area?
If for instance you have an open plan dining room which abuts the kitchen or the drawing room area, then furniture has to be selected accordingly. What are the dimensions of the room or area; and what is the kind of dining furniture that would suit it? The furniture size should be proportionate to the room. Too big and it will dwarf the room; too small and it will look lost and insubstantial in the area. Ideally the dining table and chairs should leave sufficient room around them for people to walk around comfortably without bumping knees or having to squeeze past.
What is the statement I want to make with my dining room furniture?
When you buy dining furniture, you ideally want it to reflect your personal sense of style. You may decide to have a proper, ornate kind of dining room where everything is perfectly coordinated and a somewhat formal tone is created. You could then go in for classic or traditional pieces that will never go out of style. Or you could decide upon a casual setting with modern or contemporary furniture that creates a trendy and cool ambience rather than a formal one. Or in the alternative you could just get together an eclectic bunch of furniture and put it together to reflect your own exclusive personality. In this way you can use interesting individual pieces that do not necessarily go together or match, but which together make for a unique and appealing combination.
How do I choose the right dining tables and chairs?
Consider the size and shape of the room when buying the table. For a smaller area a round or a square table would be a good option. These occupy less space and also look compact so as not to overwhelm a small space. If the area is large, then even an eight seater dining table may be considered. When choosing chairs, do not sacrifice comfort at the altar of style. Remember a dining chair is something you will sit on and eat your meals for years to come, so it had better be comfortable as well as good looking. A very stylized looking or minimalist chair may be very stylish, but may not be terribly comfy to sit on.
What else do I need?
What will answer this question is a bunch of other questions: how much entertaining do you plan on doing? Do you have a lot of ‘stuff’ such as china, silver ware, crystal and table ware that needs storage? If yes then you may need a sideboard, a dining room hutch, a buffet or a server. Also ask yourself is the area large and will it look it look bare without some accompanying furniture of will that extra furniture crowd the area?
If you find you have asked the right questions when buying dining room furniture, then you will likely have made the correct buying choices as well.