Dos and don’ts of choosing a dining table


Soft lines don’t have to mean bulk – the Augusta dining table has rounded corners and steel legs while the Vienna dining chairs are a comfortable bucket shape, both from BoConcept, boconcept.com.

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Soft lines don’t have to mean bulk – the Augusta dining table has rounded corners and steel legs while the Vienna dining chairs are a comfortable bucket shape, both from BoConcept, boconcept.com.

On the hunt for a new table? Follow these tips to ensure you find the right one for your space.

Do pitch up to the furniture store with the dimensions of the space, remembering to leave 1200mm for walking past the table.

Proportion is everything especially in open-plan rooms. A short, chunky table will detract from a lovely long island bench in the kitchen, for instance.

Don’t feel you need to buy matching chairs, however for cohesiveness they should all be from the same style family. Mix it up with a bench seat or built-in banquette teamed with single chairs if space is at a premium.

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Do ensure the table complements the architectural aesthetic of the open-plan space. A rustic farmhouse table alongside a country cottage kitchen is fine but not with a contemporary black one.

Don’t make it too formal. A casual aesthetic is friendlier in our current climate and you can always dress the table smartly for special occasions. Hint: A narrower rectangular table makes dining more intimate.

Do consider that a dining table plays many roles: it can double as a place to prepare food, be an office desk (especially with more of us working from home) and is often where kids do their homework. So make it robust.

Don’t forget the legs. A circular or oval table with a pedestal base can seat more people more comfortably all the way around it. When buying a pedestal table, push down firmly on the edges to make sure the top does not easily bow.

Do consider a square table as it’s more sociable (people are seated equidistant from each other). Oval tables with curved edges don’t offer everyone a place to lean their arms, but do ensure no nasty knocks on the thigh when navigating around them.

Don’t make the mistake of choosing a timber dining table that might dry and split in colder, more arid regions. Various species of timber perform differently all over New Zealand.

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