Choosing the perfect dining table is an important decision as where you eat is often the heart of the home. It's a central gathering point for meals, conversations and memorable moments. So, to help you make an informed decision, here's our guide to choosing the perfect dining table.

Assess your space

Measure the dining area to determine the ideal table size and shape that will fit comfortably. Consider the room's dimensions, surrounding furniture and walkway space. You must allow ample space for the dining chairs to draw back from the table.


Determine your style

What's your preferred interior design style? Whether it's modern, traditional, rustic or contemporary, choose a dining table that complements the existing aesthetics of your home.

Andrena Elements rustic style dining table
The Andrea Elements dining table has a rustic country feel.

Consider material

Dining room tables come in a range of materials and finishes, all of which offer different benefits. When deciding which material for your new table, consider your durability requirements and interior design style. For example, solid wood tables are sturdy, easy to repair and suit a rustic aesthetic, whereas glass tabletops are less damage-resistant and have a more modern style.

ercol Bosco dining table
ercol Bosco solid wood dining table

Seating capacity

Determine the number of people you typically host for meals. Choose a table size that accommodates your family and guests comfortably without overcrowding the space. If you like to entertain, an extending table could be a good option, providing extra space when needed but not taking up too much room day-to-day.

Table shape

Decide on the most suitable table shape for your dining area. Rectangular tables are versatile and ideal for larger gatherings, while round or square tables can create a more intimate atmosphere for smaller groups.

Stressless Bordeaux round dining table

Stressless Bordeaux round dining table

Height and leg style

Select a table height that aligns with your seating preferences, whether that's standard height, counter height or bar height. Also, consider the leg style of the table, as it can significantly impact the overall look and feel of the space.

Additional features

Many dining tables have additional features such as extendable leaves, storage compartments or adjustable heights. Explore whether any of these features would be helpful or if you prefer a more standard design.

Test comfort and stability

Before purchasing, test the sturdiness and comfort of the dining table and chairs. Ensure the table is stable and the chairs provide adequate support and comfort for extended sitting. If you plan to use your existing dining chairs with your new table, ensure they fit!

If you'd like help choosing the perfect dining table for your home, our friendly sales team is always at our Sidmouth shop to help. Alternatively, you can browse and purchase our complete dining collection online.