How to Choose the Perfect Oak Dining Table and Chairs

It’s the time of year when many of us give our dining table a very careful look. Outdoor dining is increasingly less likely as the weather gets cooler and as school restarts homework and projects are once more part of many of our lives. Add ideas for cosy dinners with friends while the rain lashes the windows, and turn your thoughts towards the occasion that’s Christmas with the family… and a new dining table and chairs might quickly end up at the top of your shopping list.

Oak dining tables are firm customer favourites in our stores – and we stock a huge selection – but do you know how to choose the perfect oak dining table and chairs for your home? Your favourite style aside, it’s not as difficult as you might think.

Rectangular Oak Dining Table and Chairs | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

Which oak dining table shape is right for you?

Rectangular: Rectangular oak dining tables offer clean, straight lines and a comfortable dining experience for even a large family. Choose an extending table if you don’t need all the table space all the time or opt for a fixed-size table if you do. Pair your rectangular oak dining table with pretty fabric upholstered or leather dining chairs for an elegant look, or choose benches and wooden chairs for comfortable farmhouse look.

Round or Oval: Round or oval dining tables are the ideal solution for small dining spaces. They also create a lovely intimate atmosphere for a romantic dinner for two or cosy dinner party with friends. Round oak dining tables are ideal for parties of four or six, and choosing a table with pedestal legs will make seating easy. Avoid overly large round dining tables, as conversation and serving across the expanse of wood will become tricky. Round tables are best paired with smart, upholstered dining chairs to add to the intimate look.

Round Oak Dining Table and Chairs | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

Square: Square oak dining tables and chairs aren’t the most common combination, but they’ll fit into small dining rooms and are an excellent choice for breakfast nooks and kitchens, particularly if you’re a couple or a very young family. Square tables also work well in long, narrow dining rooms. As for chairs, square tables work equally well with wooden chairs in a rustic, farmhouse setting or with upholstered or leather dining chairs in a more formal space.

Square Oak Dining Table and Chairs | A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and Bicester

Getting the size right: Which size table you choose depends on two consideration. a) the number of people you want to seat and b) the size of your dining room, breakfast nook or kitchen. If you believe that you’ll need the whole table surface all the time, opt for a fixed size dining table. If you are planning for occasional dinner parties or family celebration, an extending dining table may give you the best of both worlds. Make sure you have 42-48 inches of clear space all around your dining table so you can move around comfortably.

Choosing Dining Chairs: New dining chairs can be an instant style makeover for your dining room! And you don’t even need to reach for a paint brush. We stock a wide selection of solid wood dining chairs in a variety of styles, so there’s a good chance you find a chair you like. You can find out about the science of choosing dining chairs in this article.

If you visit our Banbury or Bicester stores you may find some very fine offers on many of our oak dining table and chairs sets. Especially at this time of year. Why not pay us a visit?

 

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