The dining table is the focal point of every dining room. It is much more than a place to eat. Your dining table is where your family comes together and shares stories of how the day went. It’s one of the last places in this modern world of old-time family values. That is why it’s so important to choose one that is right for you and your family. When buying a dining table, you’ll want to consider a number of factors, including its size and style. The first detail to consider when buying a dining table is size. A good rule of thumb is to allow 48 inches (122 cm) from the edge of the table to the wall of the room. Also, each person sitting at the table should be at least 24 inches (61 cm) from each other. If the dining room is a large, formal room with a china cabinet, chandelier, and elegant carpeting, perhaps a long, table would be appropriate, especially if you commonly entertaining in your home.
A less formal home with a large family might also choose a long table, even if the room is a bit smaller and becomes filled when the whole family sits down together. Style is nearly as important as size, because how the dining table looks says something about the people living in the home. Differently styled tables can be found to suit nearly every preference on the planet. You can find anything from a pine, country table with shaker style, ladder-back chairs to a bulky, cherry wood table with Chippendale claw-foot chairs, and all styles in between. The table does not have to match the style of the home exactly.