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7 Rustic Dining Table Buying Tips

If you are like most of us, you probably don’t buy a new rustic dining table every six months. You will use yours for anywhere between 5 and 10 years. So, choosing your dining table shouldn’t be done in a hurry.

To help you make the right decision, we’ve put together this Rustic Dining Tables Buying Guide. Following these seven easy tips will allow you to choose a table that best matches your home, lifestyle and taste – a design that you will love for many years to come.

Don’t fall in love with a design, only to have to “figure out” ways to make it work. Save yourself the time (and heartache) and instead establish the workable space your new rustic dining tables must fit. Measure the length and width of your allocated space. Then minus 80-100cm from each dimension. Why?

To avoid a cramped and unwelcoming dining environment, your rustic dining tables will ideally need around 90cm of space on all sides. If you have a very small room or a space with changing uses, consider a convertible design – one that can transform into a coffee or console table for example.

This isn’t set in stone but, like it or not, certain table shapes just work better within certain room shapes.

The rule of thumb is:
- Square and circular table tops do well in square rooms.
- But they will look and feel awkward in rectangular spaces.
- Rectangular and oval-shaped tables best suit rectangular rooms.
- But will look and feel awkward in square spaces.

If you have a shortlist of table shapes and sizes, but are still unsure, this could help. Measure and mark out the table top on the floor with magazines. Then arrange dining chairs as they would stand. Pull out a chair. Sit down. Walk around. Use this simple and inexpensive trick to get an idea of how you, the rustic dining tables and the room will interact.

Will sitting at the table be reserved for weekends and Dinner Parties? Maybe an extendable design, which is relatively space-saving when off-duty, could be your best choice. If your table will get a lot of daily action, maybe doubling as a desk, we would suggest a highly durable table top material:

Choose heat- and scratch-proof ceramic; solid wood or glass – but go for tempered glass as it is super strong and scratch resistant. Veneer can also provide years of durable service but be sure it’s real wood veneer and thin too, as with time, thick veneer can be prone to peeling away.

Colour is an important element in the orchestration of a fabulous home.

But the longevity of rustic dining tables means it must be able to work across changing themes. Staple hues like black, grey, brown and white will always be on-trend. They will also work as dependable backdrops to whatever trend colour you happen to love this season. Do you share your space with crayon-wielding toddlers or boisterous pets? Then we would suggest you avoid matt white and light woods.

It can seem like simply an aesthetic decision, but the base of your new dining table will affect the way you use it. If you intend to regularly maximise seating on a small table, opt for a design with a pedestal base, to avoid diners hitting their knees on table legs. Pedestals are also great at freeing up space in a small room. Large table tops can promise ample space yet snatch it away with a cumbersome frame. And there’s only one way to weed out these deceptive design flaws…

We’re of course big fans of online shopping, but we would recommend trying out tables in stores. Like ours, we imagine your family members come in different sizes, so bring them along too. Sit, stroke surfaces, move chairs around, try out extendable leaves, check for signs of wear. This is likely to be one of the hardest working pieces in your home, so take…your…time.

Ideal for domestic and commercial settings alike, there’s a model for everyone in our stylish range of rustic dining tables. The focal point of any room, it’s important to choose a model that matches its surroundings, and one that’s suitable for heavy usage. From homework to catching up with friends, the dining table is more than just a place to eat, which is why it’s so important that you make the right choice. We’ve created this handy Buying Guide with all the factors you should consider, allowing you to make a better-informed decision.

Our chosen style of rustic dining tables will have significant influence on the overall feel of its surrounding environment. For a harmonious interior, we recommend you select one consistent with the overall style and furnishing of your room as a whole. Often found in the kitchen, casual dining tables exhibit simple designs for an informal and relaxed aesthetic.

Conversely, formal models generally found in the dining room, are grander in appearance and bigger in size to allow for extra guests on special occasions. For something fresh and fashionable, modern designs exhibit clean lines, sleek surfaces and funky shapes. In contrast, traditional dining tables make use of natural materials, stately heavier designs and conventional shapes. Somewhere in the middle, transitional style models consist of a fusion of materials for delightfully dynamic effect.

The size of your room, along with the number of people you’re looking to cater for, are key attributes that should guide your purchase. If catering for more than four people and you have generous space available, then a longer or larger table is recommended to prevent cramped dining. You should also consider its shape, and whether you want to match or contrast your table with your décor style and other furniture. Conventional square or rectangular designs deliver a timeless and traditional appearance that has stood the test of time.

A smart option for the space-conscious, they can be placed against the wall in compact spaces or when not in use. Alternatively, the smooth curves of round dining tables provide a softer aesthetic that’s welcoming and inviting. Fabulously versatile, they can seat two or three without looking off balance, or simply pull up extra chairs for larger parties. Plus with the absence of corners, circular tops reduce the risk of clothing catching on the edges for an all-round safer choice.

Used for a multitude of different activities, your rustic dining tables will no doubt be subject to heavy usage and thus you should select a design that will withstand its intended purpose. Whilst looks are important and you should choose a table that fits with your chairs and overall décor, it’s just as crucial that you consider what you need it for. Subject to crumbs and spillages from the prevalence of food and drink, waterproof, stain resistant, easy clean surfaces are recommended.

A great example is glass, tempered for strength and effortlessly wipe clean. With a transparent surface that’s visually space saving, it can fit with any décor or colour scheme should you decide to redecorate. Another hardwearing material is wood, popular due to its robust nature and classic aesthetic.

Matching the frame finish of your rustic dining tables with that of your dining chairs and other furniture is a simple and elegant way of creating tone and consistency. Both metal and wood come with a variety of surface finishes, and a balanced pairing will create a harmonious and visually pleasing dining area. A hand-worked brushed steel frame will compliment brushed kitchen appliances, whilst mirrored chrome offers glossy alternative.

For something less industrial, satin painted finish legs exhibit a soft matte sheen whilst wood is a great choice for matching to everything from kitchen cabinets to seating. Deep shades of walnut will work best in bigger rooms due to its grand aesthetic, whilst solid oak designs boast an organic beauty that’s nicely natural. Yet it’s not all looks based - it’s just crucial to select a frame with functionality in mind too. A strong and sturdy design will be a good long-term investment.

Buying rustic dining tables isn’t just about a single purchase. You’ll no doubt be picking out chairs too, and perhaps storage items, such as a sideboard or dresser, too. Pieces needn’t match but you should aim for unity, perhaps in your choice of materials. Bear in mind that co-ordinating furniture will help make a small room seem more streamlined. If you are considering adding to a dining set over time – perhaps while you save up – double check that the range you are buying won’t be discontinued in the near future.

The quickest way to find out whether the rustic dining tables you want will fit your room – or to decide on the ideal table size to begin with - is to lay newspaper on the floor, allowing space between the paper and the walls for the chairs, or any other furniture. Allow at least 60cm between the table and the wall, but ideally more - 90cm is perfect.

Table heights vary so if you're buying dining chairs separately, check measurements carefully to get the correct height.

Allow between 55cm and 60cm per place setting; for a Circular Table, allow around 75cm. If the chairs you are choosing have arms (these are also called carvers), you will need another 10cm per place setting – so reckon on 70cm per seat.

Your dining room is a central part of your home which provides lots of uses from entertaining family and friends for big dinners, the kids getting their homework done, having a cup of tea and a biscuit, coffee and breakfast...it might even double up as your work from home office.

There's lots to consider when buying new rustic dining tables set from the size, shape, materials, number of seats and more. Read on for more on choosing the right dining set for you.

Do you have a family with young children? Are you a couple but entertain friends often? Or do you only use your dining table for the odd special occasion? Having this in the front of your mind when shopping will help you choose the right dining table for you and avoid buying rustic dining tables which you fall in love with but in the long run isn't quite right.

Be realistic about the space you have in your dining room as many of us tend to over-estimate the space and buy something too large. Measure for the table but also plenty of clearance space for the chairs both pushed in under the table and pushed right back. You need a minimum of 90cm (but ideally 100 to 120cm) between the table edge and the wall to allow someone to comfortably get up and push their chair back.

Think of all the different scenarios that you'll be using your rustic dining tables for and make sure you have enough seats for that. There's nothing worse than hosting a dinner part and one of your guests has to sit on a too-low folding chair. You can use any extra chairs for your home office or as a feature chair in your bedroom. So you can still put your additional dining chairs to good use.

Square rustic dining tables are a popular choice for their ability to comfortably seat 2 or 4 people and still be the right size for smaller dining rooms. They can be tucked away against a wall or in the corner of the room to save even more space.

Rectangular rustic dining tables are the more traditional dining table shape if you have the space or need a dining table for the entire family. They're great if you have a long, narrow dining room

Getting the choice of materials for your rustic dining tables right is a key decision in the process of choosing your new dining set. Each type of table material has its own pros and cons and not all types are suitable for everyone. There's also personal preference to consider and the material suiting the design of your dining room. Glass and high gloss look great in modern homes where wood or wood effect add a traditional or rustic edge.

Glass top tables are a modern looking choice and work well when the table legs are something a bit special that you want to show off. Easy to wipe clean and maintain. Can be prone to dust and fingerprints so requires regular cleaning

High gloss finish table tops are a great choice for a contemporary dining room and can come in a range of colours like white, grey, black and more. Easy to wipe clean and maintain. Bright and reflective to light up the room but can reflect other colours so consider this with your accessories.

Wood or wood effect table tops are a timeless choice for rustic dining tables and can suit both traditional spaces and modern depending on the table design. Real wood can be susceptible to water damage whereas wood effect will be more durable.

Think carefully about how the table base will impact on your daily use of the table. Large bases take up more space and may reduce the amount of room to tuck your dining chairs under the table. This is fine if you have a large dining room but if you're short on space and you're relying on tucking everything neatly away to save space, then a large base dining table may not be for you. Instead look for narrow single bases or narrow legs in all 4 corners. Below is an example of some of our popular modern dining set base designs.

The recommended comfortable space per person for a typical rustic dining tables is 70cm wide (elbow room) by 90cm deep (to slide out your chair); however if you are prepared to squeeze in and get cosy for a special occasion you can get away with as little as 50cm wide per person.

This means that measuring whether your rustic dining tables will physically fit into your dining room isn’t quite enough. You need to factor in a minimum of 90cm clearance for every side that will have chairs - so be sure to increase your measurements accordingly.

The next thing to consider is the role that your rustic dining tables plays. Is it a focal point where your household spends a lot of time? Or is it only dusted off for dinner parties and the occasional board game? How many people usually eat together and how often do you entertain guests?

If it’s somewhere that people study regularly or the main social hub, you need to consider how comfortable it will be to sit at for long periods of time and whether the material it’s made from will get damaged from frequent use. Solid hardwood is a great option as it’s durable and it looks beautiful. If you’re opting for wood, always make sure that you care for it well.

Don’t forget to take the width and positioning of the legs into account. Tables with a pedestal base or those that have slimmer legs or legs positioned at the ends generally allow for more seating. When you’re choosing, try every seat and position and make sure there’s no danger of knocking knees or nudging elbows.

Be sure to consider the kind of styling and decoration you prefer. Even a few pot plants or vases can significantly impact the space available. Also, keep in mind what table settings and serving ware you like to use, for entertaining or day-to-day use. Don’t let a lack of room mean your Dining Table can’t bring character and flair to your space - let it shine. Be bold with accessories and add flourishes of colour and soft furnishings that blend well with the rest of your scheme. If you opt for rustic dining tables consider a painting or wall hanging in a circular design behind the table to help define and emphasise the area.

Need to open up a narrow room? Go for a slimline table to create an illusion of space and a minimal or monochrome colour palette, wall-hung accessories, a statement mirror and pivoted lighting. Your choice of seating is really important, so if your space is modest opt for bench or armless seating which can be easily tucked away. If you choose wood for your rustic dining tables, consider lighter or pastel shades to open up a room and darker for a more intimate, cosy space.

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