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How to Choose the Right Dining Table and Chairs


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The holidays are right around the corner, which means many of us are preparing for big meals with family and friends. Having the right dining table and chairs is critical for keeping you and your guests comfortable during those long holiday feasts — but what should you look for when shopping for a dining set?

Here are our tips for finding the set that is right for you.

Construction matters. Your dining set should be sturdy and built to last.

Dining tables and chairs endure a lot of activity. Heavy platters of food, kids climbing on chairs — the list of possible stressors goes on. You need furniture that is built strong enough to hold up to all your holiday merriment. We always advise people to invest in solid wood pieces that are built with quality construction practices. Solid wood is both durable and beautiful.

Our store carries several manufacturers that build solid wood dining sets right here in the U.S.A., including Stickley, Gat Creek, and Copeland Furniture. Come visit our Roanoke showroom to check out these incredible furniture lines for yourself.

How many people do you need to seat at your largest gatherings?

Maybe you only have a family of three or four on normal occasions, but your dining set should be able to expand to fit the largest number of guests you need to seat comfortably during big gatherings. We recommend finding a dining table that has the flexibility of removable leaves. Having the ability to expand and shorten your table ensures that you can get the most out of your dining room year-round.

Some table designs are even capable of self-storing the leaves underneath the tabletop, which is extremely helpful if storage space is a concern for you. Our store carries numerous extending dining tables to fit your needs — we can even visit your home to take measurements and determine what size table is best for you.

Upholstered vs. plain wood chairs — which should you choose?

Choosing the right dining chairs can be an overwhelming decision. Our manufacturers carry both plain wood seats and upholstered seats. Plain wood chairs provide a classic look and are extremely durable. When constructed with excellence, solid wood chairs can also be surprisingly comfortable.

If you and your loved ones tend to sit at your dining table for long periods of time, however, an upholstered seat provides more cushioning and may be more comfortable long-term. If you are worried about stains, we also carry performance fabrics that are stain-resistant and liquid-repellant. Visit our Roanoke showroom to try a variety of dining chairs for yourself, and we can help you narrow down the option that is best for you.

What stain or paint best fits with the style and colors of your space?

Once you’ve chosen the table and chairs that best fit your needs, the last decision to make comes down to picking the finishes that match your style. All of our manufacturers have a variety of wood stains ranging from rich, dark tones to light and airy hues. Some pieces can even be painted in a variety of colors.

Our showroom is full of different finishing examples, and we also have wood samples of all of the possible stains and finishes so you can see the options in person. Working with a designer who understands the style of your space makes selecting these finishes much easier. And good news: we offer complimentary design services to all of our customers! Visit us today to learn more about how we can give you the dining room of your dreams.

We hope these tips help you find the perfect dining set for your home. There is nothing better than gathering around a beautiful, comfortable table with those you love. If you need assistance with your dining room — or any other part of your home — give us a call or visit our showroom. It is our mission to help our customers craft the home of their dreams. 

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