Choose the Right Dinette Set for Your Space

This could be the greatest time in history to shop for a new dinette. If only you knew what a dinette set was. Isn’t a dinette set the same as a dining room set? There isn’t really a difference between a dining room and a dinette, or is there?

As a matter of fact, there is a difference between the two. The dining room is the larger space in which you almost expect a butler to walk through the door with a towel draped over his arm announcing, “Dinner is served.” The room a dinette set occupies can also be called a “breakfast nook”, and that is what it is. It’s a small space set aside for less formal meals.

The room for the dinette set is either small–usually located adjacent to the kitchen–or even at one end of a kitchen. The dinette is for less formal dining and the possibilities of styles and colors are nearly endless. You can have tables with glass tops or solid wood. You can have chairs that emphasize metal, or chairs that feature wood. You can have upholstered chairs, or even opt for a pub table with barstools.

When choosing the right dinette set for your needs there are a few things to consider. You need to know how many people will be eating at the dinette set on a regular basis. If the norm will be a setting of two, pick out a dinette table and chairs accordingly. If you have several children, we have dinette sets to match those needs too.

You will also need to choose a table and chairs to match your practical needs. If counter space in the kitchen is in short supply, you can find tables that are hardy and able to withstand food prep and still look great when it’s time to eat. If the people eating with you are young you can choose chairs that are simple to wipe off after a meal. If they’re older, chairs covered with fabric might be both comfortable and offer a feeling of warmth—not to mention the different color possibilities to match the room.

The next step is to decide what will match your décor. If you have warm, solid wood cabinets in your kitchen, you might want a wooden table with matching chairs. If you have a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, you might consider metal framed chairs and a metal framed table with a glass top. People in the San Francisco area can visit our two locations and discover that we have a variety of styles to meet different tastes. From modern to country. For couples or large families. We can help you pick the perfect dinette set for your needs.

Whether you knew what a dinette was or not, this is a great place to share a more intimate dining experience. Whether with a spouse or with your children, we have dinette sets to help create pleasant meal-time memories.

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Furniture for Your First Home

Wood-expandable-dining-table-257You just bought your first home, and you are deciding on the right furniture to place in each room. California Stools, Bars and Dinettes can provide you with a wide range of options based on your particular needs as we offer dining room furniture, bar furniture, and kitchen furniture for your dining and entertainment needs. While getting the dining room and the wet bar perfect for your family, the kitchen area may be the hardest room in selecting the right tables and chairs.

Kitchens come in a wide range of sizes and need to have the right traffic flow for cooking without creating obstacles. When placing in furniture, you don’t want to disrupt this flow by adding too many pieces or too large of a kitchen set to where you have to move the furniture about daily just to have room to cook. Yet you still would like a nice sitting area in the space so everyone can sit down for a nice family dinner. Here are several ways in selecting the right kitchen furniture that will fit perfectly into your first home.

Consider the Primary Use of the Kitchen

Yes, it is a kitchen so it will be used for cooking. Yet kitchens have evolved over the years to becoming multi-functioning spaces. It may also be the home office, the child’s study area, and a place for entertaining dinner guests. Deciding on all the purposes allows you to have a basic idea on what types of furniture to purchase.

For example; if you plan to talk and entertain guests in an open floor plan where the kitchen can be seen from other living spaces and a large counter is used as a separator, you may want to purchase kitchen stools. The kitchen stools can give extra seating for people to relax, have a drink and eat a snack while watching you cook.

Another thing to consider is if you have enough space to place in an additional small table as a food preparation area. By having a separate table, you won’t have to fight for space at the regular kitchen table if the kids decide to do their homework before dinner or the spouse is finishing up on some work reports. Breakfast nooks may also be ideal as you can increase the seating with a bench so your family has their own place to do work before or after the meals.

Measure the Space to Narrow Down Furniture Choices

While you may want every type of kitchen furnishings offered at California Stools, Bars and Dinettes, you may quickly find out just how much space is eaten up by the furniture you place into it. Use a measuring tape to measure out the space that is available. One tip is to use masking tape on the floor to mark the spaces where you want to place the tables and chairs.

Doing this strategy will give you a visual reference of where you want the furniture as you can change your measurement figures in case you need to select a smaller table, fewer chairs, or a larger dining set. Once you have the measurements and have the taped areas as reference, you can sketch out the space. There are several types of software and apps available that will give you a 3D computerized representation of your home. Then you can place in virtual furnishings into the floor plan. Decide on how long of a table you can have, the right position to place it, and the number of sitting spaces for everyday meals and for special holiday feasts.

Selecting Furniture Styles

Selecting furniture styles will usually be on the final part of your furniture selection task. Yet the style can have a big influence in setting the mood in the room. You can select a more rustic style to match the woodsy, country feeling, or select a more modern piece if you are going for a minimalist, industrial look. The types of materials you select for the furniture will also dictate the style you are looking for as glass tables offer a more elegant appearance while wood inspires a relaxing and warm atmosphere.

Sometimes taking photographs of the rest of the furniture in your house can help in selecting a style when you go to the furniture store. If your first home has an open floor plan where the kitchen can be seen from the living room or dining room, you may want the kitchen furniture to complement the other furnishings, or even provide a contrasting element to show how it is a separate space of its own even in an open floor layout.

Trying out Furniture is Essential

Don’t forget this last step of the process. Trying out the furniture by coming to California Stools, Bars and Dinettes will allow you to see for yourself how different family members are seated at tables or kitchen stools. Imagine standing over a table as you are chopping vegetables or stirring pots to select the right height. Then sit on the chair to determine the comfort level you desire. You may desire an upholstered chair if you have certain back problems, or a wooden chair for extra body support.

Keep in mind that different family members will have different comfort levels when it comes to sitting at chairs and eating at tables. So take their opinions into consideration and pick out the kitchen furniture that appeals to every member of your family. If you are having problems finding the right kitchen furniture for your first home, then let the friendly staff of California Stools, Bars, and Dinettes give you a hand.

We have three different store locations in the Bay Area as our warehouses are fully stocked with kitchen furniture in the style and comfort level you desire. Whether you want to select a full kitchen set or mix-and-match different kitchen furniture pieces, we can help you narrow down your choices and locate the stools, tables, chairs and benches that will fit perfectly into your budget.


Dining Room Table Guide: Types Of Materials

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Homes come in all shapes, styles and decor preferences. The dining room furniture you choose should fit into the look and feel of a home so it makes a cozy setting to enjoy meals and host dinner parties. There are a number of different materials used for dining room tables.

From traditional wood to modern metal, the type of materials you pick should be based on your design preferences, the look it will lend to a room, and your budget. Let’s examine some of the most common types of materials used for these wonderful tables.


Whether you are looking for a modern or an industrial look, metal tables can impress people by making a flashy and bold statement. Most metal tables are made from stainless steel yet people may also find recycled metal tables out on the market if they want to make a more environmentally-conscious purchase (steel is completely recyclable and most steel products are made with 25% up to 100% recycled materials). For a more decorative wrought-iron appearance, people may purchase a dining table with metal decorative legs and place on a glass tabletop surface.


Glass tables add a touch of elegance and style to any dining room. The table will have a glass top with either glass, metal or wooden table legs. Most glass tables are found in round shapes although you can find large rectangular glass tables to accommodate bigger family gatherings. Glass dining room tables can be clear or frosted depending on your preferences. Glass tables can show smudges and fingerprints more than any other table surface, so extra care must be taken to keep the surface looking clean. Also be careful of sharp edges when you have children playing or rushing through the room.


Wood tables have been the mainstay of dining rooms across the country. A solid wood table invites a warm and welcoming feeling for the people who will be sitting down and enjoying a meal together. Hardwood is more preferable than softwood as it is durable enough to withstand the nicks and scrapes if the table is used for multiple purposes such as an office desk, craft table or study area. Common types of hardwood used for tables include mahogany, ma
ple oak, teak, and walnut. If a person selects softwoods, they may choose pine, ash, or white cedar. Solid wood tables can be more expensive based on the type of rare wood that is used and how it is harvested. Solid wood tables can be fixed with sanding and refinishing.


Reclaimed wood has been growing in popularity during the recent years as the environmentally-conscious choice of having a real solid wood table that doesn’t require cutting down additional trees. The reclaimed wood can come from a number of places such as barns, factories, businesses and even railroad ties. This wood often will have imperfections such as knots and saw cuts lending an antique or vintage appearance. People love this type of wood when they are looking for a rustic or country cottage decor style. Since there has been an increase of demand for reclaimed wood furniture, the prices for these tables have risen because of the scarcity of finding the wood.


Cheaper than solid wood or reclaimed wood, composite wood has been used for decades to create dining room tables. The wood consists of pieces of plywood or fiberboard made to look like solid wood. Composite wood may also be engineered wood that are pieces of softwood and hardwood glued and pressed together. Composite wood may have pieces of veneer affixed to the surface, which is real wood cut paper thin. This wood can fit into a multitude of home design themes and can withstand some abuse from kids and pets. Unlike solid wood tables, composite wood can be more difficult to fix as a person cannot sand it too much due to the thinness of the veneer.


While laminate tables look like wood, they are not real solid wood or composite wood tables. Instead, it is normally made out of plastic. The surface is imprinted with a wood grain appearance so that they look like real wood. The interesting thing about laminate tables is that it can be sanded, primed and painted to fix imperfections. Yet a person cannot stain the table as the plastic will not be able to absorb the stain.


Stone tables such as granite and marble provide a unique design theme to the dining room. The stone can tie in to other stone elements in the dining room or kitchen as they can match tile flooring, kitchen backsplashes and countertops. The stone is durable and strong and the smooth surface can come in a range of colors and designs. The stone table top can have a base made from wood, matching stone or metal. A person should be careful to protect the stone from watermarks and stains that could mar the surface.


With the number of materials out on the market for dining room tables, selecting the right table has to come down to a personal preference. A person should consider the style of their home and the decor elements present in the room. They should also take into account the amount of space they have for a table, the amount of people who will normally eat meals there, and the possibility of needing extra seating spaces for large family gatherings. In addition, they should also consider how often the table will be used. A multipurpose table will experience more wear-and-tear than a dining room table only used during special occasions. Also, children and pets can cause a great amount of wear to tables, as the tables must be safe for children while standing up to rigorous use.

Asking the professionals here at California Stools, Bars, and Dinettes can allow a person to select the right type of dining room table that will fit into their desires and their budget. Our experienced staff can find out the details about the home, the particular colors that the person likes, and what kind of budget they have. Then we can give the best advice on the perfect dining room table as the person can select the table from one of our available three Bay Area locations.

Have plenty of space to eat meals while enjoying the beauty of new dining room furniture that fits perfectly into the space. Get a dining room table made out of the materials that you will love at California Stools, Bars and Dinettes.