How to Find the Perfect Dining Room Table

Finding the best dining room table that suits your needs can be difficult. Space can be an issue, so can comfort or functionality. We’re here to break down what to look for, what to consider first and how to find the perfect dining room table for you.

Sturdy Tables

If you’re looking to purchase a table that you’ll have for years to come, you’ll want to find something made of sturdy material. If you want it to function for large holiday dinner parties, family dinner, and after school homework, it’ll need to be something touch. Tables made from hardwoods like mahogany, walnut, maple, oak or teak will be your best bet. Other kinds of tables made with plywood or MDF will still be durable, but nothing can compare with natural hardwoods.

If wood isn’t your thing, or it’s not quite the look you wanted, you could always try a glass top table. The added benefit of glass-top tables is that they go with almost any décor. Due to the reflective tops, they’re also great for spaces that need to look lighter or brighter. Another added advantage to glass tops is that they too are durable. Most glass-tops today are made with tempered safety glass, which is scratch resistant and means it won’t shatter everywhere if it breaks.


The bottom line is, you need a functional table for your space. But what if your space is constantly changing. If you move a lot or rent homes, you might want to invest in something that is easier to move. Finding the perfect hardwood table could make any future moves a hassle, as hardwood tends to be heavy.

If you do move a lot, it might be smarter to go with a smaller table like a pub table or bistro table, until you have a space that you can devote solely to a dining room table.

Find a table in a shape that will work in most rooms, whether it’s square, rectangular or circular. Pick the shape you like best, and find a table that matches it. While the thought of buying a brightly colored table is appealing, it’s best to stay away from trending colored tables. Trends will change, and finding a dining room table perfect for you is an investment. If you love color so much, you can always change it up with brightly colored table cloths, placemats, napkins, etc.

The Perfect Table

The best table for you is one that suits your needs. Decide what the three main functions of a dining room table are for you, a place to study, host dinner parties, family dinners, etc. Then find a table that fulfills all the requirements you set.

Using Bistro Tables in Small Spaces

Everyone loves a formal dining room, with a full table and 6-8 chairs. In some smaller homes or rentals, having a designated dining room is a luxury, as there simply is no space. We’re here to help with smaller alternatives for your smaller spaces.

Table Ideas for a Smaller Kitchen

There are plenty of options for smaller kitchens or apartments when it comes to dining areas. Dinette sets and bistro tables are two of the most common options. Dinettes are typically just like a dining room table set, but it’s simply smaller.

Bistro tables are typically round, and perfect for two people to eat at. If you live in a small apartment, and it’s just two of you, a bistro table is perfect for an eat-in kitchen. If you entertain more, in a smaller place perhaps a dinette set is right for you.

In some smaller apartments, little nooks are featured near the kitchen. These areas are perfect for fitting a small bistro table and a couple of chairs for a cozy feel.

Making it fit

Sometimes in smaller apartments it takes a bit if imagination to get the layout just right. When you start with a smaller table, sometimes the layout or flow of the space can just fall right into place.

If you don’t have a lot of space to work with, it might work best to push a smaller table up to a wall. If there will only be 1-2 people eating at it regularly, there’s no reason to have the table out in the middle of the room. A great hack for a smaller kitchen is to invest in benches rather than chairs. Benches tend to take up less space than chairs, as you can push them under tables when they’re not being used.

Counter Space

If you’re looking for more counter space in an already tiny kitchen, you might try finding a pub table. These tables come in higher heights so it’ll be easier on your back for cooking prep work. You can even find some funky barstools and use the table as your dining area or breakfast bar.

Take away

If you’re cramped for space, finding a smaller table can be the perfect solution in any smaller home or apartment. Foregoing the formal dining room, might make entertaining more cramped, but utilizing the space might work better for the flow of the room. Try looking for barstools, breakfast bars, dinette sets or bistro tables to fit them into your small space, and enjoy the functionality of a smaller kitchen with space.