Things to Consider When Buying A Dining Suite

Things to Consider when Choosing a Dining Suite

Buying a new dining suite can be a daunting affair for some; there is after all a lot to be considered and unlike soft furnishings the dining set that you choose could be with you for a life time so it’s important you know what to consider when choosing the right dining set for you. Before you begin your search for that treasured dining suite the first choice to be made is the style of the furniture.

Contemporary or Traditional Dining Furniture

Many assume that a modern or contemporary style room will require modern styled furniture and whilst this is right in most cases this does not follow in every case as some lighter timber traditional styles or even painted traditional style furniture will sit quite nicely in modern settings.

Generally furniture based closely on a particular designer’s style will look better in surroundings to suit; the advantage of buying quality traditional or reproduction furniture is that the style will never date, unlike a modern room design and its contents. The traditional piece will always be 17th or 18th century or to the fashion of it’s original origins; such as Chippendale, Sheraton, Hepplewhite to name a few.

Which Timber to Choose

Once you’ve decided on a style; next comes the timber and there are some important factors to consider. It’s important to remember that, as with all natural products timbers will change colour over time depending on the amount of light they are exposed to, the amount of use they are subjected. For instance Mahogany timbers, if exposed to heavy sun light will bleach and turn lighter over time as will walnut however lighter timbers such as cherry or yew wood will do the opposite.

There are ways to combat this discolouration of furniture timbers - simply turning the table around every six months or inter-changing the centre leaves will ensure that the subtle change in colour will be even over the whole table. The other option of course is to opt for a protective table pad or a table cloth  to protect the table from both sunlight and heave use over time.

How many seats do I need?

Seating capacity can be decided on how many you will seat on a day to day basis, allowing for special occasions. You may wish to look at extending dining tables, in which its always best to check the table mechanism for extending the table to ensure it’s easy to operate and many of the Charles Barr dining tables offer leave storage for ease when not in use.

As a rule of thumb guide allow 50cm for each place setting and don't forget that you will need to allow extra space around the table to accommodate not only your chairs but space to move them away from the table when sitting or standing up. To judge whether the table will fit in to your room you should allow at least an extra 76cm (30inches)  for this both in the width and the length of the table on all sides, the same applies to circular tables.

Delivery and Set up

Remember that whatever table you purchase has to be delivered and installed so check with your retailer that it is easily dismantled and assembled and if possible get your retailer to demonstrate these how easy this process is before you place your order.

Time to choose your dining chairs?

You’ve got your table, now to find the matching chairs. At Charles Barr we have different options of chairs for each table. Compared to a contemporary furniture, traditional dining tables tend to come with a wider choice of chair designs from which to choose, staying within the same period as the table and in the same timber is always advised to ensure the suite matches together.

When buying carver arm chairs check if your table has a rim or skirt around the underside of its top. If so, its worth offering up an arm chair to make sure there is adequate room for the arms of the chair to fit under the table rim, without it your dining set will take up more room than needed when its not being used.

Now you know the basic factors to consider take a look at our collections of Mahogany, Cherry and Walnut timber dining tables – and if you have any further questions contact us today

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