Choosing a Farmhouse Dining Table
So, you love to entertain friends. And feed the family. Not to mention have a place for homework, ironing and midnight debates. Either way, you’re thinking of buying a farmhouse dining table. But is it right for you?
A farmhouse dining table adds comfort and a homely charm to your dining space, whether it is part of a large kitchen or a separate dining room. You can pair it with different types of seats, too: Simple wooden benches will save space. Matching wood or upholstered chairs help build a traditional dining room. Painted wooden chairs are great for creating a cottage look and cushion-augmented wicker chairs are just the thing for cosy lunches.
Farmhouse dining tables are usually made from oak or pine, rectangular and solidly constructed. They’re also tough and exceptionally hardwearing. There’s a good chance that your dining table will be with you longer than almost any other piece of furniture.
So buying a dining table is not a snap decision, whether you want to furnish a new dining room or add to furniture you already have. Fortunately, there’s plenty of choice. We stock lots of different sizes and finishes in both our showrooms, so why not come, check them out and give them a test drive? Because with a dining table, size definitely matters.
Your table should be large enough to fit the family comfortably with a bit of elbowroom, but not so large that it overwhelms your kitchen or dining space. A 4-foot dining table will usually sit four people, while a 6-foot table is large enough for six diners. The table should be at least 36 inches wide to give you enough serving space.
Farmhouse dining tables have a generous, homely feel, so there’s always the temptation to buy the largest one you can find. But before you do, remember to check that it will fit your dining room and kitchen – while still allowing you room to walk around it and serve dinner. Otherwise, your only alternative is a larger dining room – or a strict diet!
- Gary Anderson