The dining area can be a big statement in your home. It is the place where friends and family unite. The dining table and dining chair set are very often the focal point of the room where you gather with your family and friends, so not only do you want to make sure it’s a comfortable fit for space, you’ll want it to fit your aesthetic and enhance the design of your home. Whether you’ve got a formal rectangular dining room, or you’re carving out some transitional space between an open concept kitchen and family room, finding the right dining room to bring the space together is key. There are a lot of shapes and sizes to choose from, so let’s explore the steps to choosing the right dining chair to help narrow down one that’s right for you, including:
The steps to choosing the right dining chair: 1. Size & Measure = Comfort 2. Wide & Depth 3. Material & Style
To find the seat-height-to-table-height distance you find comfortable, test a table (or tables) with a mix of different chairs. You can visit Kaliuda Gallery to see our kitchen and dining sets on display. Or, simply pay attention to your comfort level when you dine out. Keep a small measuring tape in your purse or pocket so you can note the exact distance when you find one that fits. Don’t just measure from the table’s top to the seat. If the table doesn’t have an apron, measure from the bottom of the tabletop to the top edge of the chair seat. If the table has an apron, measure from the bottom of the apron to the top of the seat.
Note whether the chair seat is hard or upholstered. Upholstered seats tend to compress when you sit. If the padding is thick, the compression may be substantial. To get an accurate reading, measure from the top of the upholstered seat to the floor while the chair is empty, and then have someone measure it again while you sit. Add the difference between the two to your ideal table-to-seat distance.
Next, consider chair width. Calculate how many chairs you can fit on each side—which will depend on the size of your table. Scale isn’t just about compatible heights. You also need chairs that actually fit under your table. If they don’t, your diners won’t feel comfortable and you’ll damage both the table and chairs. The chairs you place at each end of a rectangular or oval dining table should slide under the table without bumping into the table legs, or into the base of a pedestal or trestle table. Those guidelines also apply to every chair you use with squares and roundtables. If you plan to use two or more chairs on each long side of the table, make sure there’s room to slide them underneath with bumping each other or the table’s base or legs. If the chair seats touch, diners feel cramped and uncomfortably close. The same is true for roundtables; leave at least two inches of space between each chair.
Choosing the material for your dining table can be difficult. You have to balance price, ease of care, and your personal style to choose the right one, and a table that’s not a good fit on any of those could mean a buying decision you regret later. Here are the most common materials, and what to consider for each:
■ Wood: Solid wood is a classic material because it is durable and easy to repair. Pine, acacia, mango, and teak are popular, less expensive options. “Solid wood is the most popular, though it’s often the most expensive. Manufacturers have been working to bring down the price of solid wood — Ikea has an unfinished solid pine table for just $69, but larger ones from other retailers can cost $1,000 or more. Wood expands and contracts with heat and humidity and can show scratches and wear, but is fairly easy to repair.
■ Veneer/Wood-Look: Wood veneer is often a more affordable alternative to solid wood. Here a very thin layer of solid wood (or material printed to look like wood) is glued to a plywood or other wood core. To identify good veneers, look for tables with clearly-labeled core interiors, like kiln-dried hardwood. One way to spot cheaper veneers is to look underneath the table at the store. If just the outside is finished, but the underneath looks like a different material, the manufacturer is cutting costs.
■ Stone and Stone-Look: Stone tabletops can include marble, quartz composite, or cast stone (like cement). Stone is durable but can be porous and can absorb stains easily. Depending on how it’s made, it can chip or crack and once that happens, it can be tough or impossible to repair. They can also be quite heavy. The price of stone can really vary — cement-topped pieces can be under $500, but marble-topped ones will run into the thousands.
■ Glass: Glass tabletops can include clear, frosted, or tinted versions. They’re relatively inexpensive and can create a feeling of space and openness. Through the glass isn’t susceptible to moisture, it can chip, scratch, or crack from the heat. It also shows every fingerprint. A good glass tabletop can last decades if you’re not too clumsy, but it will start to look bad quickly if you’re prone to chipping the edges or scratching the tabletop. You can find large glass-topped tables under $750.
■ Metal: Metal, including stainless steel, brass, zinc and lacquered or painted versions of these, is used more frequently for table bases than tops. Metal is durable and not easily damaged. But because of its higher-shine, it shows every fingerprint and can require special cleaning tools. Also, painted metals can be hard to repair. These can be less expensive than wood tables, though it’s rare to find an all-metal dining table beyond utility tables.
■ Plastic and Laminates: Man-made materials, either molded into a shape or glued onto plywood or another core, are an inexpensive option. They can last a long time but aren’t considered the nicest quality material. These materials tend to resist staining and require little upkeep, but they’re often perceived as cheap.
In conclusion, The best dining sets for you will be one that works for your budget, is solidly constructed, fits in your space, and has a style you’ll love for years. So, what type of dining table should you get? It depends on how your home looks like, and the social activities surrounding your dinner table! Both rectangular and round tables have their unique space-saving advantages, and the right design can greatly influence the ambiance of your home. Simply keep these tips in mind as you browse our wide range of dining tables & dining chairs! In Kaliuda Gallery, the best teak wood furniture supplier in Bali- Indonesia. You can also find complete indoor and outdoor furniture. Not only supplying furniture but also providing Balinese home decor and antique primitive art.
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