We always put so much focus on the tabletop, but what about those legs?
I’m a perfectionist by nature and attention to detail has always been something I pride myself on. That being said, it can make doing things, like shopping for a new dining table, a challenge sometimes. I tend to be really indecisive because I like knowing what I’m choosing is the best possible product for me. I take everything from color, material used, shape, size and design into consideration. But what about the base of a table? It can aesthetically make or break a room, so why do the table tops get all of the attention?
Round, Rectangle, Oval or Square? We have some tips on choosing the table that’s right for you.
A dining table may just be the most important piece of furniture in your home. It sees family meals, celebrations, game nights and homework sessions. It’s where you laugh, bond and share memories. It will probably be the one piece of furniture that doesn’t change when it’s time to renovate.
Knowing that it’s a lasting investment and place that will function in multiple ways, it’s important to understand the different shapes of tabletops you can get, what each shape accomplishes and which one is right for you.
Rectangular- Easily the most popular and frequently chosen design, a rectangular table often symmetrically compliments the shape of a room. It gives a sense of structure and tradition. Long rectangular tables can help break up a large space while still remaining functional. And, knowing that rectangular tables are quite common, (not that it’s a bad thing!) the chairs and decor you choose to place around it are even more important.
Round- Often seen in dinette sets, round dining tables are a nice alternative to a rectangular table. Round tables send a message of openness and inclusion. They can easily accommodate extra guests and as long as the chair size is taken into consideration, they are just as spacious as a rectangular table.
Oval- A combination of both round and rectangular tables, an oval table can be both casual and sophisticated. Having rounded corners an oval table gives a sense of inclusion, similar to a round table, but its sleek, straight side edges lend itself to fine dining.
Square- A less common shape for a dining table, it can be either a small two person table or large enough to fit a holiday feast. A small square dining table is perfect for limited space or as a breakfast nook. A large square table, while less common, can be used to take up a large space. A square table can make reaching for food complicated at times and with everyone so spread out, can make it hard to hear everyone. But, we like square tables for their symmetry and modern twist on dining spaces.
Some other important factors to think about are:
-How often will you be using your dining table? Every meal? Only special occasions?
If it’s going to see a lot of wear and tear, it’s good to look for high quality and durable tables, whereas if it’s going to used seldomly, like formal events, a more ornate design may be appropriate.
-How many people will be sitting at it regularly? What about for special occasions?
This is where the size of your room, the table and the design of your dining chairs come into play. If you’re regularly hosting large gatherings a rectangle or oval shaped table may be more appropriate. If you’re room’s dimensions are more square in shape, a round table may fit in nicely.
Short on space? This type of top may be the best fit for you. It will allow you to save space on a regular basis, but will also allow you to host larger parties when you want.
No matter the theme of your dining space, we recommend considering functionality first. Look into what shapes and sizes will fit best in your dining space. Then move to size once you’ve determined how often and how many people will typically be hosted. After landing on the right table, we recommend moving to chairs. You don’t want choose a chair that ends up being too bulky around your table!
If you have any questions or other ideas we’d love to hear them! Add your comment below!
Interested in talking with someone? Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is always here to answer any questions you may have at (888) 390-5571. If you’re in the Vernon, VT area or passing through, we’d love to see you at our Stonehurst Showroom, open seven days week!
Neville and Martin have been working with Dennis and Kelsey to create a new Furniture Clearance Sale section for our website. This beautiful Vermont Farm Table, Tavern Bench and Ladderback Chair Set is currently housed there– and it’s the best deal in our store. So if there’s anyone out there like me… perhaps with a spouse who “occasionally” gripes about the price of things you NEED for your home– here’s your big chance!
The Vermont Tavern Table Dining Set is priced at just $3999, after a 40% discount from our regular price (a savings of $2500). The design of the dining set has been modified– this set has been discontinued and will no longer be offered exactly as you see it here.
So, if you love early American design, give this bargain some serious consideration. The table is handcrafted with a thick, solid cherry wood top and a maple wood base that’s finished with durable black paint. The base is traditionally crafted with large turned William & Mary style legs (legs are removable to make moving the table easier). The table top is finished with a satin, durable GREENGUARD® certified eco-friendly varnish that stands up well to everyday wear and tear.
Unlike most of our furniture which is made to order, this Vermont farm table is already in our showroom and available immediately. Shipping usually takes a few weeks, but if you pick it up at Stonehurst, you could have it in your home for Thanksgiving dinner! Some lucky family is going to be enjoying turkey and apple pie around this beautiful table– why not make it yours?
Your first attraction to a hardwood dining table is the color of the wood. When shopping for a new dining or kitchen table, you probably have a color or wood type in mind before you have thought about a size or a style- and that’s okay! When it comes to tables looks matter. Our online gallery mostly shows our furniture in natural cherry wood, but our tables are available in 4 types of wood: cherry, walnut, maple, and oak. Below you will find a little bit of information about each of our wood types and how they look.
Cherry wood is commonly identified by it’s beautiful reddish color that improves with age. Natural cherry wood starts out as a light red tone, and darkens to a richer tone over time. Cherry is one of the most sought after furniture hardwoods in the United States.
Walnut wood is easily recognized because of it’s dark chocolate brown color. Black walnut wood is the only dark North American wood, which adds to it’s appeal as a rare, luxury type of wood. Walnut wood has become one of the most popular wood species for organic live edge tables.
Maple wood is much lighter than cherry or walnut wood. It is a white looking wood with a slight reddish-beige undertone. Maple wood typically has an understated straight grain, giving maple furniture a smooth finish. Maple is a perfect wood for a table because of it’s strength and resistance to shock.
Oak wood is very classic. People have been making furniture out of oak wood since the beginning of time, and is most often used for craftsman-style furniture. Oak is a lighter wood, similar to maple, but has a more pronounced grain. It is common to find contrasting grain on a piece of real oak furniture. This rugged wood has very subtle color change over time.
Hardwood Dining Tables
All of these woods are very strong and make durable tables, so you can’t go wrong. Our hardwood dining tables are skillfully crafted for style, function, and generations of use. Each piece is made with sustainably harvested hardwoods. Once you decide which type of wood best fits your home and your aesthetics, use the drop down menus in our online gallery to choose between natural cherry, walnut, maple or oak wood.
During our Winter Dining Room Furniture Sale, you can big on a new dining furniture. Save 10% on one piece, 15% on two pieces, or 20% on three or more pieces of furniture. Plus, each piece is backed by a lifetime guarantee and we will ship it for free!
Shop for your new dining room furniture securely, easily, and conveniently from our online gallery. If you prefer, contact us at 888-390-5571 to order by phone or discuss your questions about our Vermont made, fine wood furniture. Our fine furniture specialists are also available through our live chat option or by email.
Tis the season to be jolly! Why? Because it’s the season to save! We are offering our customers a special dining room promotion for six days. With the purchase of a dining table, you will receive 20% off dining chairs. This special promotion will run concurrent with our Home Office & Living Room Sale.
Our online gallery has a large variety of solid wood dining tables and chairs for you to choose from. We have an assortment of styles ranging from modern, mission, and Shaker dining furniture for your home. All of our furniture can be crafted in your choice of natural Cherry, Maple, Oak, or Walnut woods.
Our solid wood dining tables and chairs are made right here in Vermont from sustainably harvested wood. Woodworking is a craft that has been in Vermont for over 200 years, so you know that every piece our craftspeople create is high quality. Not only is Vermont furniture something that will never go out of style, our heirloom quality furniture is guaranteed for life.
You can conveniently shop from our online gallery 24 hours a day. If you need any assistance feel free to contact our furniture specialists through the live chat option located in the top right corner of our gallery, or by giving them a call at 888-390-5571.
This dining promotion will end on Tuesday, November 18, so act fast!
*Note that your discount will only show up in the shopping cart once you have added a dining table.