What dining room table and chairs should I buy?

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Even if you have a small flat or apartment, you can always find a good table and chairs to complement your home.

When buying furniture, they key is to always take measurements of the area at home first, then check the measurements of the items you are purchasing online or in the shop.

Get some ideas of how you want your dining room to look first.  Top Reveal got in touch with us recently and we loved their article on daring dining room ideas.  Check it out here then come back and read on.

Showrooms are massive.  Furniture can look quite small until you get home and realise:

  1. You can’t get it through the front door.
  2. It doesn’t fit the area.

We give you the run down of the different types available.

Tables:

Oak/Wood:

Vermont Extending Kitchen Solid Oak Dining Set Table and 6 Black Fabric Chairs
Vermont Extending Kitchen Solid Oak Dining Set Table and 6 Black Fabric Chairs

Wooden tables and chairs are solid and hard wearing but can look quite bulky in a small space.  They will need care and attention.  Once you make the investment, with the right care it could be a great investment.  Most retailers will either give you or will sell you a product to prolong the life of the furniture. It should be used every six months. You should purchase cleaner and polish to keep it looking its best all year round.  You can purchase felt pads to protect your floors here.

Glass:

Oak Cross Leg Clear Glass Top Rectangle 4 or 6 Seater Dining Table Bevelled Edg
Oak Cross Leg Clear Glass Top Rectangle 4 or 6 Seater Dining Table Bevelled Edge

Glass tempered table tops look stunning when they are looked after.  They are high maintenance and can appear dusty when you have sunshine streaming through the windows. We recommend using a professional glass cleaner after every use. When placing plates and cutlery on the glass table top we recommend you use slate table mats and coasters to prolong the life of the glass.  You can purchase felt pads to protect your floors here.  
Gloss:

Charisma High Gloss White Rectangular Dining Set
Charisma High Gloss White Rectangular Dining Set

These dining sets can look quite stylish, particularly if you are living in a small space.  They come in a variety of colours and look good with a high gloss finish.  This type of furniture reflects light and is very durable.  The added bonus is that it doesn’t need much looking after as long as you don’t place hot plates directly on the surface.  We recommend you use slate table mats and coasters to prolong the life of the top.  You can purchase felt pads to protect your floors here.

Iron/Metal:

Table and Chairs Dining Set Kitchen 4 Seater White Black Beech Brown Bistro Table Set with 4 Chairs
Table and Chairs Dining Set Kitchen 4 Seater White Black Beech Brown Bistro Table Set with 4 Chairs

Iron furniture is more suitable for outdoors.  Metal is perfect for indoor use and can be very easy to keep clean as it does not need much attention.  Check the bottom of metal chairs as you may need to purchase felt pads to protect your floors here.

Marble Effect:

Dining Table in Marble Effect, Modern Design Available in Black and Brown (Black with 6 Chairs)
Dining Table in Marble Effect, Modern Design Available in Black and Brown (Black with 6 Chairs)

Marble effect surfaces are very easy to clean.  They should be wiped down with a warm cloth to prevent staining or discolouration particularly from tea, coffee or red wine. Ensure you wipe any spillages immediately.

Build Your Own:

If you fancy trying to build your own, click here for guidance on how to do it from The Saw Hub.

Dining Chairs:

Suede:

Suede is a fabric that has a velvety feel and finish.  It is easy to look after; some items can be wiped down but light colours (if not looked after) can get quite dirty if you don’t look after it.  You can purchase felt pads to protect your floors here.

Leather:

There are different styles and types of leather furniture.  In the United Kingdom, leather goods should come with a leather mark that identifies it as real leather.  Retailers pay to use this mark to show that the goods have been approved.  To keep leather looking its best, give it a dust with a soft brush and if you have any spills, wipe with a damp cloth.  Most retailers either give you or will sell you a product to prolong the life of the piece that should be used every six months.  You can purchase felt pads to protect your floors here.

  • Full grain:

With this type of leather, you should see variations in colour and distinctive markings.  Full grain has a high quality look and should feel supple.

  • Corrected grain:

This type of leather has been buffed so you should not see any variations in colour or any distinctive markings.  It is easy to clean, cheaper than full grain but much more hard wearing if you have a family with young children.

  • Split leather:

This type of leather is normally used on the surfaces of the furniture that is not used (i.e. the back and sides).  It is taken from the underside of the hide.

  • Faux leather: 
    This type is not leather but has the look and feel as the real thing.  Faux leather is normally scratch resistant and water resistant.  It is much cheaper to buy than real leather.