With more and more people choosing to entertain at home, the desire for a decent extending dining table has certainly grown. The dining room and kitchen has become a multifunctional space. One second it’s a family affair, but if you like to entertain you will want something that can be easily transformed to accommodate more guests easily.
Whether you’re looking for a rustic extending dining table or you are looking for a contemporary one, follow our handy guide and make the right choice for you!
Measure, measure, measure
One of the most important factors in choosing a table is to not only measure the size of it when it is not extended, but to make sure you know what space you’ll need when it’s extended. Sadly on occasion, some people forget to do this and end up with a table that’s too big for the space. It’s also important to take note of any unusual features or angles of the table, to check it will fit into a room or kitchen easily.
It’s important to think about the space you’ll need for dining chairs for example and how much space you’ll want around the table to make it comfortable for you and your guests.
Style of table
Maybe you’re after a reclaimed wood extending dining table or you want something more minimalist. Once you’ve got your sizing sorted the creativity can really begin when you choose the style and design of the table. Thankfully, the range of extending dining tables available to buy is a broad one, which means that you should easily be able to find something that works for you. Opt for recycled timber or a veneer. Whatever you feel works for you! If you enjoy a mixture of contemporary and rustic or distressed, you can really go to town at this point. Just bear in mind other pieces of furniture already in the room and of course the colour scheme.
Get the right shape
With any dining table, you’ll find that there is a wealth of shapes to choose from. It may be oblong with curved edges, square, round or even rectangular, and it’s important to work out what kind of shape will work for your dining area. Very often people opt for one style over another, but for a truly textured finish you can do a lot with shapes. Sometimes clean lines work well with curved chairs for example, so it’s worth spending a bit of time on choosing the right shapes for the space.
If you need something that can extend but your dining area is a little on the smooth side, it’s a good idea to look for an oval or round shape with a single or double pedestal base. If you’ve got a large space to fill, then a long, rectangular shape could work really well.
Reclaimed wood, pine, oak, mahogany and walnut all have their plus points. If you don’t want to go for modern but you want quality, then it’s a good idea to go down the reclaimed timber route. Very often this kind of wood is superior to more modern options and of course it offers a lot of character! If you want to pay more, then opting for mahogany or oak could be a good choice, but we favour the growing trend of recycled. It’s not only great for the environment it’s totally on-trend and is showing no signs of slowing down! See www.hfruk.co.uk, who stock a great collection of rustic dining room tables.