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Shopping Guide for Kitchen Tables and Chairs

Updated on December 22, 2009

Before you try to figure out if you should be shopping for large or small kitchen tables, you must first determine the amount of space you have available for a table in your kitchen. You should also calculate enough space for two or more chairs, depending on how many you need. Don’t forget to also allow enough space for accessing the eating area. Kitchen tables and chairs can be purchased in a set or separately with various sizes, shapes, materials, and styles to choose from.

A large kitchen table is ideal for a large family with plenty of space within the kitchen to fit a table that accommodates four or more chairs. Small kitchen tables are great for smaller kitchens or eat-in kitchens. Small tables usually come with only two chairs. When shopping for a small or large table for your kitchen, keep in mind that even though it may seem like you have enough room for a table and chairs it may not be enough to accommodate just any size table with chairs. Folding tables are another alternative if you feel like your space is just too limited for a complete dining set. Try to compare prices and shipping costs before making your final purchase. Online stores have specials and clearance events which could save you a bundle when it comes to kitchen table sets.

Square, Rectangular, Oval, or Round Kitchen Tables

Square, rectangular, or round kitchen tables may not seem like an important decision to make but the shape of a table could pose a problem if you don’t carefully plan for the layout and flow of a room. The shape of the room has a direct effect on the type of table you can purchase. If the space available is circular in shape then you should only be searching for a square or round kitchen tables. If the space is square, it can probably accommodate either a square or round table as well. A rectangular space functions better with an oval or rectangular table.

Once you have determined the size and shape of table that will best fit the space available and the design scheme you are trying to go for, you can then begin narrowing down the best style and material for the space. Online stores usually carry tables that are different in shape but similar in material and style. Shop around to ensure that you have exhausted all of the possibilities before you make your final purchase. A little bit of time and patience could save you lots of money on the purchase of your next set of kitchen tables and chairs.

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Wood, Metal, or Glass Kitchen Tables

The choice between wood, metal, or glass kitchen tables and chairs is another shopping dilemma for most people. The important thing to remember in this area is that you can’t go too wrong with any of these materials. You can however, choose a material or a combination of materials that is consistent with other elements in the kitchen area. For instance, if you have wood kitchen cabinets that are made of oak or pine with a light finish or stain, then you probably want to narrow your shopping criteria and only include oak or pine kitchen tables that have a light finish or stain. The same can be said for a kitchen that has glass cabinet faces you can narrow down your search to only include glass top tables.

Most furniture pieces are made of sturdy and durable materials. The cleaning and maintenance of a material may be a problem. For instance, some wood surfaces require polishing to maintain the shine and quality of the finish. Glass furniture requires glass cleaner to remove streaks and smudges after use. Most importantly, the type and quality of a material is going to directly affect the final price you pay for your kitchen table set. Prices will vary depending on the material but if you shop around online, you should be able to find a material or combination of materials that will work well with other materials in your kitchen area.

Traditional or Modern Kitchen Tables

Incorporating traditional or modern kitchen tables and chairs into your kitchen design is actually fairly simple. Traditional pieces include pieces that reflect historic or artistic eras of the past. For instance, mission and deco are two styles that originated in the past but still fit well with what people are looking for today. Mission kitchen sets can be very costly depending on the material used and the craftsmanship involved. Deco pieces are also very expensive especially if you are looking for an original set. You can also try to shop for replicas which are made by companies today and sold worldwide.

Modern kitchen table sets can encompass many different looks and styles. You can combine traditional items with modern items to get a unique design. You can also choose modern design make out of traditional materials like oak or pine. Most modern kitchen tables and chairs are made out of modern materials like metal or glass. The unique appearance of these materials makes them more modern but you can also find modern wood pieces that are styled in unusual shapes and designs. There really is no exact formula as to what modern should look like. Shop around online and see what is considered modern today. You will be surprised at how many traditional elements are being incorporated into the modern style of today.


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      shiela marie 5 years ago

      all of the setting are all amazing!!

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      Mark 7 years ago

      Thanks for the information. Some of those tables on Amazon look pretty cool

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      rugsforall 8 years ago

      Great information - although my own table is wood I'm always a sucker for a glass one.

      And I have a friend who has a mirror as the top of her table - it is beautiful.

      Once you have your table, keep your toes warm with a rug -