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Kitchen Table Ideas (and chairs too!)

Updated on December 30, 2010

Kitchen Table Buying Advice (and a bunch of ideas for you to check out)

Selecting a kitchen table and chairs isn't rocket science, but it is worth spending some time looking around to make sure you get something you'll enjoy for years to come.

Below you'll find information to help you choose the right table for your family and your household. You can also take a peek at pictures and descriptions of models of different shapes and styles.

Eco-friendly Kitchen Table Made from Salvaged Materials

Eco-friendly Kitchen Table Made from Salvaged Materials
Eco-friendly Kitchen Table Made from Salvaged Materials

Kitchen Table Considerations - A list of things to think about before you buy a table

  • How big is your family, and will you be eating meals at the kitchen table (or is it just an area where the kids can do their homework or have a snack while a dining room table handles family meals)?
  • How big is your kitchen? (A huge table doesn't make sense in a small space, and likewise a tiny table can look silly in a cavernous kitchen.)
  • Is the kitchen table a place where your family will sit and eat or do you want to use it more as a place for food preparation? (If so, you might want to look up portable kitchen islands or kitchen carts, which often come with butcherblock surfaces and are designed with storage and food prep in mind.)

Round Kitchen Table Ideas - The round kitchen table is a popular choice and comes in many sizes and styles

A round kitchen table can usually support four chairs, and works well in a smaller kitchen or dining room. If you have two to four family members, this can be a great choice.

However, if you have a larger family, or do a lot of entertaining, you may want to hold out for a rectangular table with drop leaves that can be added.

Below, there are several round kitchen tables you can click on (these are available at Amazon). Some include matching dining room chairs, and some are just for the table (great if you already have chairs or aren't into the matchy-matchy style).

Should you buy a kitchen table online?

You can find a lot of great deals on the Internet, but is it smart to buy furniture online?

I love shopping online, especially when it comes to furniture. It takes forever to physically visit furniture stores, and they're huge, so it can take a long time to find what you're looking for when you do arrive.

When it comes to something like a kitchen table, there may only be a few models for you to look at in each store. On the internet, you can click through thousands in a single evening!

But will you regret ordering a table you've never sat in?

If you're a smart shopper, you can eliminate most of the risks. Buy from well-known stores (such as Amazon), and get the measurements of the table before you decide on one. Take a tape measure into the kitchen, and make sure that table will fit well before you lay down your money.

Shipping is a consideration when you're ordering something as heavy as a table, but many online stores take this into account and discount their prices enough that it more than makes up for the cost of the shipping. Also, some stores have specials where they pay for the shipping themselves.

So, in short, buying a kitchen table online gives you a much larger variety of choices than you would have offline, and as long as you take a few precautions, you should have a good experience with ordering from an Internet shop.

Small Kitchen Table Sets - The perfect tables for small families or small kitchens (or both)

There can be room for a table, even in a small kitchen.

Consider drop leaf tables, or pub tables with just a couple of stools or high chairs.

Should your kitchen table have chairs or benches?

Which seating option makes more sense for your kitchen table?

When it comes to a kitchen table, the common seating options are chairs and benches. Chairs are most common, but benches are popular in rustic and country kitchen style sets and outdoor kitchen tables (AKA the picnic table).

So, which seating choice is right for your family?

Obviously a bench won't work with a round table, so you need to be considering a rectangular table if you like the idea of benches. Benches really work well with larger families where you need to seat more than four people. Frequently two benches will seat six people comfortably.

As we mentioned, benches are more common in country kitchens or with rustic tables. You're less likely to see them with modern sets.

At the end of the day, though, it's really up to you. Which do you prefer? Benches or chairs?

And if you can't decide, you can throw the rules to the wind and choose a combination of both.

Corner Kitchen Table Ideas - A corner kitchen table takes up less space

If you don't have a large kitchen but you'd really like to add a table, consider one that is designed to tuck into a corner.

A square or rectangular table can fit nicely into a corner and be pulled out to add more seating when needed.

You can also get "nook" tables that come with benches and chairs and are designed to fit into a corner and still provide seating for the whole family.

Glass Kitchen Table Ideas - A glass kitchen table feels modern and elegant

As much as I hate wiping up fingerprints, I love glass tables. Their simple lines often feel modern and elegant, and they allow light from windows and ceiling lamps to flow through them, all the way to the floor (this makes the whole room feel brighter).

Also, a glass kitchen table makes a space feel larger!

500 Pound Mesquite Table -- A Large Kitchen Needs a Large Table!

500 Pound Mesquite Table -- A Large Kitchen Needs a Large Table!
500 Pound Mesquite Table -- A Large Kitchen Needs a Large Table!

It's hard to go wrong with a simple, white kitchen table - Can't decide on a kitchen table color or style? Keep it white!

Not only is a white kitchen table bright and cheery but it goes with just about anything too.

Click on the links below to see some of the white kitchen tables available at Amazon:

Tell us about your kitchen table! - (or talk about anything else you'd like--thanks for visiting!)

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      moonlitta 5 years ago

      The recycled table is ust adorable!

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      momto4 lm 6 years ago

      We desperately need a new table. Our table is falling apart. Thanks for all the ideas! I like the corner table and the one with the bench on one side.

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      srubenstein 6 years ago

      I love the great ideas you have posted today on the kitchen table. I am looking at ideas to change the look in my kitchen. Thanks again.

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Hello, thanks for the great ideas!

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      I'm looking for a new table for my kitchen. Thank you for your inspiring ideas.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      The mesquite table is stunning! We just got a new square dining table with 8 chairs. It's counter height, which is really nice and comfy.

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      Wow, I love the 500 Pound Mesquite Table, but do I have any chance to find something similar in the furniture stores?

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      Great...for all kitchen table

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Very nice lens. And that table made from salvaged materials is somethin' else. Definitely a conversation piece!

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      davis66 7 years ago

      The 500 lb mesquite table is absolutely gorgeous. I especially love it on a rustic, pavers floor. You have a lot of fun table and chair combos in your article. Nice lens.

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Very informative and comprehensive. Thanks!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love that big ball table.

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      mariapopescu34 8 years ago

      Very good ideas. Thanks a lot!

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      totosmom 9 years ago

      Wow - I love the first shot you have of the kitchen table made from scrap materials! Great ideas. I'm long overdue to revamp my furnishings and got some great ideas. Thanks for your comments by the way re: St. John's Wort.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great! I got some ideas in this lens. i have a hard time in my home improvement. i had a great time reading this lens. Now I can decide what round table is best for my kitchen. if you have time you can also visit my lens. Thanks. Good luck.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great! I got some ideas in this lens. i have a hard time in my home improvement. i had a great time reading this lens. Now I can decide what round table is best for my kitchen. if you have time you can also visit my lens. Thanks. Good luck.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great! I got some ideas in this lens. i have a hard time in my home improvement. i had a great time reading this lens. Now I can decide what round table is best for my kitchen. if you have time you can also visit my lens. Thanks. Good luck.

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