The most important part of your dining room is the table. Modern dining tables come in a lot of different styles and designs that can give your home the look and feel you have been looking for. If you are looking for a new dining table, you may want to consider the available styles and designs to choose from before visiting local retailers.
First you will need to decide whether you want a contemporary table, retro style, antique or something that is simple with no fuss. Consider the make up of the table as well. Antique tables are generally worn and may need TLC to keep them looking their best and are usually made of some type of wood like oak, walnut or cherry.
Contemporary and retro style tables offer you choices of glass, wood or laminate as a surface. You should also consider whether your table would best suit your kitchen or the dining room. Although there is very little difference in the two, one is a little more formal than the other.
It may be that only the top of your existing table looks old and you would rather keep it. In this case table pads are the answer. They are pieces of wood that have been cut to perfectly fit your existing table and cover only the top. They come in many different styles and woods and can even help protect a new table from scratches or damage. Table pads can be custom built to fit any size or shape of table top.
One of the most popular styles is the round pedestal table. These are made for smaller rooms and designed to seat six or less people. Most come with a leaf that will expand the table by about eighteen inches to seat at least two more. The pedestal on these tables expands as well with a plain wheeled leg to hold the center of the table up. These give a more antique look to your dining room and usually have a carved apron around the outer edge of the surface.
Chairs are the pieces of furniture that get most of the abuse. They are scooted across carpet and rugs to loosen the legs, items that are in pockets scratch them and many times the backs become loose as well. Some people even end up mismatching their dining sets by buying mismatched chairs. If this happens to you, consider using slipcovers to cover them up during a dinner party. Slipcovers hide the little imperfections your chairs may display while making a beautiful setting for your dining room.
When visiting local retailers explain what you are looking for in kitchen sets as well as dining room sets so they can better help you with your options. Many are available in oak finishes as well as with glass table tops. Retailers may also be able to special order modern dining room tables that are not readily available for purchase.