Woodcraft’s 6 Point Guide to Dining Tables

A dining table is an important element to any home, whether you use it primarily for your family and yourself or for entertaining guests. It’s the centrepiece of any entertaining you do, but for most households, it’s also a daily part of life, and it has to appeal to you on a day-to-day basis or it won’t be long before you start thinking about replacing it. At Woodcraft, we make custom wood dining tables, either from a catalogue of our unique designs or to your unique desires, with a range of woods and finishes to fit your home and tastes, and we’ve put together this guide to finding the right dining table for your home.

#1 Consider wood: Wood is truly an unparalleled option for homeowners who want to add elegance to their dining rooms. It’s sturdier than glass, easier to maintain than marble, and lighter (and therefore easier to move) than metal.

#2 Size and shape: Size and shape are the most significant elements to consider – keep in mind the dimensions of the room and how many people you are going to be seating.

DimensionsRound tables work well in smaller rooms as well as spaces that are closer to squares. They also make your seating situation more flexible than a rectangular shape as you can likely squeeze in an extra seat or two. Long rectangular shapes are great ways to create an elegant atmosphere in larger, longer rooms where you’re going to be entertaining or hosting the whole family for the holidays.

Seating – Younger couples often don’t need to worry about hosting large numbers of people for formal occasions, but if you’re at an older stage (and perhaps your adult children have kids of their own now), go for something longer and more spacious, and something that can also fit all those Thanksgiving dishes.

#3 Tactility: While it’s often overlooked, the feel of the table is going to have a large role in how and when you use it. Smooth surfaces work well for doing paperwork, but if you use it primarily for dining or you plan on using a laptop, you may want a depth of touch offered by old-world solid wood tables.

#4 Choose your material wisely: When you buy your dining table from Woodcraft you have your choice of material options, but make sure the kind of wood you select is going to work with how you decide to use it. Pine is a soft material that’s more susceptible to dents and scratches, so it may not hold up to the wear and tear of frequent entertainers. Oak and maple are great hardwood options that can withstand frequent use.

#5 Maintenance: When it comes to wood, maintenance can be quite simple, just make sure you clean up spills as they happen and treat it with care.

#6 Make an impression: Finally, if you’re primary concern is entertaining guests, find a design that will make an impression but also stand the test of time. We offer a range of designs from classic, rustic looks to contemporary options with a startling elegance. Visit our website or any of our retail locations across the GTA and take your time deciding on the best option for your home.

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