By Serranos, Aug 22 2013 8:22PM
Like all furniture, your dining room set must be many different things. It must be attractive, comfortable, durable, and able to adjust to different situations. When perusing the dining sets furniture stores have to offer, ask yourself these questions to help you get the most out of your table and chairs.
What Is It Made Of? Wood is the dominant choice for dining rooms sets, but it is my no means the only choice. Plastic, metal, and even glass dining sets are available for a more contemporary take on your dining space. And even wood has its subcategories. Is the set solid wood or particle board with veneer? Solid wood can be beautiful and durable, but also more expensive and likely to split over time if not properly cared for. Veneered particle board offers a more affordable alternative with comparable strength, but the veneer can bubble or peel, exposing the unattractive board beneath.
If you decide to go with wood, the options available for finishes and stains can seem daunting. Cherry wood stains serve very well in more traditional, formal settings, while lighter colors lend themselves to a more cozy feel, like in a cottage or country home. Painted woods can be used to match a fun, modern palette, while contemporary styles are best matched with dark finishes like espresso or ebony.
Will your table only be used for large family gatherings like Thanksgivings or Christmas? Or will you take all your meals there? What about arts and crafts, or games and puzzles? Does your dining room open up into the kitchen? Or will your dining set actually be IN the kitchen? The more versatile dining sets furniture stores sell can serve a variety of goals, all without compromising style and beauty. Knowing how sturdy the table and chairs need to be, whether or not you need expandable leaves, or how much overall use the set will get can be a great time saver when you visit the showroom.
What is most important to you when choosing a dining room set? Feel free to leave your thoughts and musings in the comments section below.
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