Purchasing new dining furniture can certainly be a lot of fun. Of course there are the usual pieces of dining furniture you would expect, like a dining room table and dining room chairs. However, there are also some additional pieces that you might wish to consider if you have the room for them. Let’s take a closer look at all of the various types of dining furniture, both essential and non-essential.
Dining Room Tables and Chairs
Of course the centerpiece of any dining room is the table and chairs. As with other kinds of furniture, there are also many different kinds of dining room tables and chairs available. Some tables are the natural height for a table, while others are a bit taller and come with taller chairs that are almost the height of barstools. These taller tables are known as counter-height tables, and some people prefer the taller height. It all just depends on what your personal preference is.
Whenever you are choosing the right dining table, just remember to look for a solid wood table. Avoid tables that are made of MDF, or medium density fiberboard. These tables have very soft surfaces that can chip easily, and the finish will likely come off very easily as well. The type of solid wood the table is made out of doesn’t really matter. Most woods are all very similar in hardness, so the only real difference is in the color of the wood you choose. If the dining room is not separated from the kitchen at all, then you might consider purchasing a dining table that matches your kitchen cabinets.
One very common but optional piece of dining furniture is a hutch. Many people purchase a hutch to store all of those little extra items that they just do not know where else to stash. Some hutches are also china cabinets, and they provide a great place to display glassware or fancy china. Some dining tables can actually be purchased with a matching hutch, and often it is easier to save money all of the pieces by purchasing them together. Also purchasing a hutch as part of a set is one way to ensure that it matches with the other pieces of dining furniture.
Selecting Quality Dining Furniture
No matter which pieces of dining furniture you are considering, there are a few different things to keep in mind while shopping. First of all, it is very important to get the chance to feel the furniture in a retail store before purchasing it. Sometimes shopping online can save a lot of money, but it is very hard to judge quality without seeing the furniture in person. If you do decide to purchase online, make sure that you check out the brand name and exact piece of furniture in a store first. Watch out for online replicas of brand name pieces as they may not be as high quality as the brand name items.
Another important aspect of purchasing quality furniture is the joints. With all pieces of dining furniture, always make sure that the joints are secure. It does not hurt to ask the sales person about how the furniture is constructed. A good salesperson will be able to tell you exactly how the furniture joints are connected. Always look for furniture with dowels or other methods of joining the pieces together without just having two flat pieces of wood put together. There should be internal pieces also holding the other pieces together. This ensure that the joints are very secure and will last a very long time.