Your dining room table is an important centrepiece in your house and Christmas time is no exception. As well as choosing the all important decorations and table settings, you need to ensure that you have enough space for all your guests. Whether you're planning for a pre-Christmas party or the main event, there are a number of factors to take into account when planning your perfect party table.
What shape will work best for me?
If you have limited space, a round or oval table will often work best. It is more convivial to squeeze extra guests around a circular table rather than being seated on an awkward corner of a rectangular shape. Round tables have a common centre for all the guests and offer a friendly, intimate feel. The brand new Colette round dining table has an elegant, statement base and adds a splash of rustic style to your dining experience.
Rectangular tables offer sleek lines for a room with space and usually seat more people. Choose a rustic or industrial style if you want a stylish piece without compromising on functionality. This popular Lansdowne Industrial dining table makes a statement whilst being practical and offering one or two 45cm extension leaves.
Do I need an extension?
Extending tables offer the best solution for seating extra guests and making most of dining space. Just don't forget the extra chairs!
You may want to consider where you would keep the extra sessions. Big chunky rustic furniture is gorgeous but do you have storage options for a heavy extra section? Also bear in mind the space in your room, whilst it's great to be able to find seating for all your guests, make sure you allow enough room for people to move around the rustic dining table comfortably once it is extended.
The Farringdon reclaimed wood dining table offers superb value. Impress at parties with this stylish piece of reclaimed furniture which includes a slick fold away extension, perfect where storage is at a premium. This table is sure to wow, especially when teamed with the luxury grey fabric dining chairs.
A fabulous alternative is a bespoke piece made to your own size specifications. Two particular favourites from Modish Living include the English Beam extendable reclaimed wood dining table which offers a stylish and characterful solid top and legs using English beams that are over 100 years old. We also love the White wash inlay reclaimed wood table for a Scandinavian feel. This too is extendable and can be made up to 300cm long.
Be sure to order your bespoke rustic furniture by the end of October to ensure it arrives in time for the party season.
I've found my perfect table but how do I decorate it?
Christmas is a time for giving your table some extra glamour and sparkle but you may want to think about works best for the shape that you've chosen. Rectangular tables lend themselves to fancy table runners, which allow you to set the base for your colour.
For a rustic, traditional look choose warmer colours, whilst cooler wintry colours lend them more to a Scandinavian style table.
A great idea for a round table is to set a circular mirror in the centre to match the shape and then add some flickering candles or table jewels for gorgeous reflected sparkle.
With these tips, you’ll soon have a dining table to be proud of – no matter what the size and shape of your dining space.