Wooden dining tables combine luxury design, a classic feel, and unparalleled durability, making them one of the most popular choices for kitchen furniture. But getting the right dining table can be very challenging, especially for first-time buyers, due to the multitude of kitchen table brands and designs out there. And while it’s not as big of an investment as a car or house, this mid-size investment demands proper planning and preparation.
Buying Your First Dining Table
Even if it’s your second time, it can be pretty tricky to buy wood dining tables. Ideally, you should assess how much budget you can spare and if there are any financial commitments you’ve already made that could restrict cash flow. Once you have the numbers figured out, remove tables that surpass your budget.
Size is another consideration. Too small of a table could prove inconvenient at future dinners. Too large of a table might not even fit in your kitchen. Find the right footprint by making measurements of the available space. Leave at least 1 ft allowance around the table, which will be used for the chairs.
Third, of course, would be design. Wood dining tables come in different designs, particularly based on the type of wood they are made with. Do not view the dining table as merely a surface to gather around for sustenance. It is a place where the family actually shares an experience, and so you’d want the environment to be at its very best.
Shape plays a key role in the overall design of a dining table. Rectangular and oval tables are time-honored options that fit almost all dining spaces. Oval tables sets a conversational tone while rectangular tables cater to a greater number of diners, which make it perfect for large families and gatherings.
Over the years, wood dining tables that can be assembled and disassembled with ease have popped up in the market. This type of furniture allows you to maximize space when catering to fewer diners and expand when needed. Consider if you need this feature since it will likely affect the price of your table.1
Maintaining a Wood Dining Table
Unlike tables with metal or plastic surfaces that you can easily maintain with some wet wipes, owning a wood dining table demands specialized maintenance.
For starters, dust the table often. Doing so minimizes the amount of small particles of dust that could build up and scratch the wood surface. Dust at least once a week with a delicate, lint-free cloth piece. Stay away from spray products and other polish materials since they contain silicone that burrow into the wood fibers and damage it permanently.
Avoid placing the wood dining table near a heater or radiator. Temperature fluctuations could easily damage the wood and cause it to warp or split. In addition, keep humidity levels to a minimum of 40 percent. Any lower than this can cause the wood fibers to crack while a higher reading could cause it to swell.
Regular maintenance is important to prolong the wood quality of your dining table. If you don’t have the time to maintain it, hire a professional to do it.