Despite all the distractions and entertainment options that can keep a household fractured, the tradition of coming together at mealtimes is still a strong one. Gatherings and parties tend to focus around food, as well, and can either be held in or spill over into the dining room. To keep traditions alive to and ensure a successful party or hosted event, a home’s dining room must accommodate. And that means having the dining room furniture. Follow along as we walk you through your dining room furniture options.
Even the most stripped down and basic of dining rooms must have a dining room table. It should almost go without saying, but we say just in case. It’s arguably the most important of dining room furniture that will feature in the room.
Naturally, no two dining rooms are alike. Some are actually extensions of the kitchen space, while others are rooms unto themselves. One dining room may be more of a nook, while another could be high-ceilinged and so large that it has its own echo. As many dining room styles as there out there, there are just as many options to choose from within the dining table section of the dining room furniture family. The dimensions and available space within the dining room will play a big role in determining and narrowing down choices. While it’s nice to seat 10, cramming an accordingly-sized table in a small room will not create the comfortable eating environment that you might be after. Account not only for the table and chairs, but also for the room needed to get in and out of the chairs, the flow to and from the kitchen (and bathroom) and space needed/wanted for additional dining room furniture. Of course, at a minimum you’ll want as many seats as there are members in the family. Hosting proclivities will then inform the expansion beyond this number.
A table is not complete without chairs. It is when matching a dining table to dining chairs that one’s tastes and vision get challenged. But don’t be put off. Styles are interchangeable, and there are many different types of chair that can suit any given table.
But a table and chairs alone may not be enough. Dining buffets offer wonderful space for setting side dishes and decorations, and can also store place settings and dishware. So, too, with the taller hutches and cabinets. Perhaps a simple chest will do to meet the additional storage needs within the room. If a combination of tasks is to be met by one piece, consider the servers with hutches, which provide ample storage as well as a flat surface upon which to rest foods to be served and beverages to be refilled.