53,233 Dining Furniture

Compared to other spaces in the home, a dining room is fairly easy to furnish. All you need is a dining table, dining chairs and a buffet table or sideboard, and voila! You have all the necessary components. Filling the space up is easy, but finding the right pieces — ones that keep in mind comfort, style and budget — is where the challenge comes in. More 
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Before you purchase the first dining set you come across, here's what you should consider.

How large should my dining table set be?


This largely depends on how often you entertain and how many people usually attend, as well as the size of your space. If you enjoy hosting events with family and friends, a large dining table with plenty of chairs would be a worthy investment. If it's often just the two of you, or if you live in a small apartment, a bistro table or 5-piece set would more than suffice. Once you decide between a 3-piece, 5-piece or 7-piece and larger, make sure to measure before making a purchase. Your dining table should be easy to walk all the way around, even when all the chairs are pulled out.

Do I need a buffet table or china cabinet in my dining room?


So you're dining set fits nicely, and you have a little extra space — why not add some storage for frequently used dishes and serveware? Buffet tables, sideboards, china cabinets and credenzas are all common dining room pieces, especially since they're great for serving and storing. Save some kitchen space by storing platters, trays and fine china for formal dining, especially since those are only used for special occasions.

Should I get matching dining room furniture?


This all depends on personal preference. Matching sets are great budget options, since buying more pieces often means a steeper discount. On the other hand, this can often lead to a monotonous feel, since everything is the same color and material. For variation, consider buying mismatched chairs or painting a hutch or buffet a bright color. You can even try different textures; for example, a wood table with upholstered chairs in a fun fabric pattern. If you prefer cohesive furniture pieces, use your decorating accessories to spruce up the space.
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