A Buyers Guide to: Dining Sets

Whether being used for a quick breakfast or the family Christmas dinner dining sets not only have to be comfortable, they also have to be durable. Most dining room sets typically include a dining table and chairs, although some can include a cabinet. Buying dining room furniture as a set will generally cost less than buying pieces individually and can also provide you with a consistent look. In this guide we talk you through what you should be considering and things to look out for if you’re considering purchasing a new dining set.

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Space Available

There is a huge amount of choice when it comes to dining sets so before looking around to see what’s out there; make sure you check how much space you have available. The quickest way to do this is to lay newspaper out on the floor and remembering to leave an extra bit of space between the paper and the wall for chairs. Allow around 2ft of space between the wall and the table.

Budget Accordingly

Once you’ve figured out how much space you’ve got to work with and decided on what size table you want (e.g. one that seats four people, 4-6, 6-8 etc.) this should also help to give you an idea of how much you’ve got to spend. Once you’ve set a budget or price range make sure you stick as close as you possibly can to it.

Materials

While dining room sets come in a wide range of materials, some are much more prevalent and popular than others. Of course the type and make of set you want will be determined by your personal preference, but the main choices tend to be:

Oak: A natural wood that is highly resistant to moisture damage, oak can vary in shade from light to medium brown. If you’re thinking of buying an oak dining set, it is important to take into account the quality of the oak. While most oak furniture is created using solid oak, some can be made of a blend of oak and other types of wood. This combination can be more prone to stains and scratches than solid oak.

Mahogany: A much darker wood, mahogany is generally the more expensive of the options available. Although it is durable and is unlikely to sustain niggling damage such as chips, splits and scratches. Mahogany also ages well and is highly resistant to water damage.

Glass: Often incorporated into a wooden or metal frame. If you’re looking for a glass table as a part of a dining set look for ones that have tempered glass as it doesn’t break as easily as other types of glass and if it does it is less likely to split into sharp edged pieces.

Do your research

Before making any final decision about which dining set to buy research who out there is offering the best price for the type you want. Reading online reviews with give you a great idea of what sets out there are worth investing and will flag up which sets and offers to avoid.

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