Decorating any room can be a daunting prospect, but a dining room presents its own special challenges. When choosing dining room furniture a few simple rules and a bit of planning can result in a room that will give you pleasure and functionality that will last for years to come.
Choose your style: If you have no idea of your personal style preferences try looking in your closet. This may sound a bit odd when planning a dining room, but you can get much information about your likes and dislikes by studying what you generally wear. No matter if your favorite clothing fashion is classic, funky or somewhere in between, it can translate into your room design. Whatever style you choose it should be a reflection of you and your family and your own unique needs.
Measure: It is very important to scale the dining room furniture to the available space. If the furniture is too large it will make the room feel smaller and can make it difficult to access all areas of the space. If the furniture is too small it will appear swallowed up by the space. Measure everything before you purchase. To help visualize how the dining table, sideboards, dressers and chairs will fit into the space, block out with masking tape the size and placement of each piece. Be sure to allow enough elbow room around the table.
Dining tables come in a variety of sizes and shapes. When making your choice consider how many people you expect to seat. A leaf may be necessary for the occasional overflow of guests. A round table allows for more ease of movement. This is especially good in small spaces.
Comfort: The type of dining chairs you select is very important. If you want to encourage your family and guests to linger, the comfort of the chair and height of the table is a major consideration.
Budget: Furniture can be a big investment so plan your budget. Choose to a style that will suit you for a long time and get the best quality you can afford.