First, decide if you want your table and chairs to be complementary or contrasting. Next, create a consistent theme – shape, colour, material or height. Then, consider adding visual interest with a bench or switch the chairs at the head of your table for statement seats.
You'll want to leave approximately 24 inches per person around your table to allow for easy manoeuvrability. Just so you know, most dining chairs measure between 16" and 24" wide.
Choose a design that fits comfortably inside your room and complements your space. Check the heights of your chairs and table feel natural, and there is sufficient space for family and regular guests. Then, ensure it's suitable for your family's additional activities, e.g. craft projects, working from home, etc.
This depends on your home and requirements. Small spaces are better suited to small round or square tables, with chairs featuring a low back and no arms so they can be tucked neatly out of sight. For larger spaces, a rectangular, oval or extendable table is best; these can be arranged against a wall to save space or moved away from the wall to accommodate additional guests.
This depends on your table's budget and purpose. Marble and ceramic-composite tables are durable and very difficult to scratch or stain. Wood is popular and long-lasting and can be sanded to remove blemishes or heat marks. Glass table tops are elegant but prone to finger smudges and dust. Quartz and laminate look great but can be easily damaged.
The ideal space setting should be 30 inches wide. This includes an 18’’ place setting and a shared area of 12".