Quick Tips for Dining Room Shopping


The dining room can be one of the most important rooms in the home. It's where family and friends gather for special occasions to share a meal and good times.

When purchasing furniture for the dining room, it's important to make selections that will create a space your friends and family will enjoy while at the same time allowing you to express your personal style.

To help ensure you're on the right track in buying furnishings for the dining room of your dreams, we’ve compiled these shopping tips:

  • First decide on the tone of the room – do you want formal elegance or casual comfort? 
  • Decide on a budget. 
  • Measure and evaluate your space to see what pieces you can accommodate. Basic pieces for a well-equipped dining room are generally a table and chairs, a china cabinet for display and storage and a sideboard or buffet for serving and additional storage. 
  • The dining table and chairs serve as the centerpiece of the room – this is a good place to start. 
  • When shopping, look underneath the table to see how it is supported – four legs, pedestal, trestles – you want something that will be comfortable for you and your guests when seated. 
  • Dining tables are generally constructed of wood, metal or natural or cast stone, often with a glass or stone top. Most materials also are offered in a variety of finishes, from light to dark. 
  • Examine the finish by rubbing your hands across the top and sides. 
  • Be sure to take a seat in the dining chairs and sit back for a while. Wiggle the backs, legs and arms. Do they feel sturdy? Are they comfortable? 
  • Once you've selected your major furniture pieces, move to the finishing touches: accessories. They will help you create the right ambiance. 

Most importantly, enjoy the process!