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A dining room table is the centre of activity in many flats and houses. It is not only where people eat together, but also talk, celebrate or do paperwork. It is the focal point of the family and ensures peace and cosiness. In order to withstand all this over the years, the table should be characterised above all by its stability.

In this context, you should not only attach importance to the material, but also to the right size and matching appearance of the table. For our product comparison, we have compared different models and worked out the most important aspects.




Summary

  • A dining room table is often made of wood, metal, glass, ceramic or concrete. The tables often have a rectangular, round, oval or square shape.
  • In terms of style, a dining room table is distinguished between an extendable, fixed or fold-out table.
  • Dining room tables can be bought in different variations and price ranges. For an average dining room table, you should allow between 200 and 450 euros.

The Best Dining Room Table: Our Choices

Below we have compiled our favourites for you. This should help you to simplify your buying decision and find the right dining room table for your needs.

Buying and Evaluation Criteria for Dining Room Tables

In the following, we will show which factors can be used to evaluate and compare dining room tables. This should make it easier to decide which dining room table is suitable for you and which is less so.

The most important buying and evaluation criteria are:

The most important criteria are briefly explained below.

Material

First and foremost, the decision on the material of the dining room table depends on the rest of the room's furnishings and is a question of taste.

Dining room tables can be made not only of one material but also of different materials in combination. Often, the tables are made of metal, wood, glass, ceramic or concrete.

Glass tables look very elegant, while wooden tables make your dining room cosier.

Probably the biggest advantage of wooden tables is the sustainability and robustness of this material. A wooden table is also visually appealing to many people, as you can always see the individual grain. In addition, a table made of solid wood can be combined with most pieces of furniture.

Dining room tables made of glass have a transparent surface, which is why they radiate a cooler look. A glass table usually looks very noble, but due to its material it is also very sensitive and easily scratched.

A dining room table made entirely of metal is rare. As a rule, mixed materials are used here, and the frame is often chrome-plated or powder-coated.

Tables with tops made of ceramic or concrete are particularly durable and hard-wearing. In addition, the beautiful appearance of the table creates a pleasant atmosphere. Cleaning the material is also very easy and does not require much effort.

Size

Before choosing a table, you should think about its size and, above all, how large the tabletop or table surface should be. Therefore, the questions to ask yourself before buying are: How large is the room in which the table is to be placed? How many people should regularly sit at this table?

To be easily accessible from all sides, the table needs sufficient space. You should allow 50 to 70 centimetres of space per person.

The optimal length of the table varies according to the number of people who are to sit at it regularly. A space of 40 centimetres should be calculated for each place setting. In addition, there should be a space of 20 centimetres between them so that drinks and decorations can be placed there.

The height of the table depends above all on the height of the accompanying chairs. To this, add around 30 centimetres to the height of the chair to define the ideal height of the table.

Features

When choosing a dining room table, a distinction is made between three variants of tables. These are:

  • Extendable table
  • Fixed table
  • Folding table

The extendable dining room table is widely used and is especially popular in smaller rooms. The table offers a lot of space, can be extended and is therefore also space-saving.You often find an extendable table in a rectangular or oval shape.

The fixed dining room table is characterised above all by its high stability and its beautiful appearance. It can be found in many shapes and variations, in various designs. However, it requires a lot of storage space and takes up a lot of room.

Folding dining room tables are rarely found in German households. They are very space-saving and easy to store and often available at a very low price. On the other hand, they are not really eye-catchers and often stand out more because of their low stability and small size.

Shape

There is also a wide range of variations in the shape of the table or tabletop. The right shape often depends on the design and size of the room.

The classic dining room table is rectangular with four legs, which supports every corner of the table. However, there are also dining room tables whose tabletop has an oval, square or triangular shape.

In addition, in recent years there have been more and more tables in boat design, where the rectangular tabletop tapers at the ends so that the shape resembles the outline of a boat.

Guide: Frequently asked Questions about Dining Room Tables answered in Detail

In the following, frequently asked questions that arise in the run-up to the purchase of a dining room table are formulated and answered.

Who is a dining room table suitable for?

A dining room table is virtually indispensable in every household and kitchen. It is suitable for anyone who often cooks at home, whose household includes more than one person or often receives guests.

The number of people who regularly eat at the table or the size of the room in which the table is to be placed plays a decisive role before buying the table.

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A dining room table made of wood fits visually into many rooms. The different grains of the wood provide each table with an individual design. (Image source: Brett Jordan / unsplash)

In addition, the table should be coordinated with the rest of the room's furnishings. However, the shape and size of the table is often primarily a matter of taste.

What types of dining room tables are there?

When it comes to a dining room table, a distinction is made not only between the size, but also between the material and the style of the table.

In terms of material, a distinction is made between metal, wood, glass, ceramic and concrete. The most commonly used material is the wooden table, as it stands out above all due to its individual shape and sustainability.

A glass table looks very noble, but scratches very easily on the other hand. The dining room table, whose top is made of ceramic or concrete, stands out above all because of its beautiful appearance and easy cleaning.

In terms of style, a distinction is made between extendable, fixed and folding dining room tables.

The extendable table is space-saving and can be extended, while the fixed table is probably the most common table in German households. It impresses with its robustness and beautiful appearance. The folding dining room table is less common because, although it saves a lot of space, it is also not very robust and often looks less attractive.

What does a dining room table cost?

The cost of a dining room table varies according to size and material. A rather small table can be purchased for less than 100 euros. For an average dining room table, you should budget between 200 and 450 euros. Higher-quality models made of high-quality material can be bought for just under 500 euros.

The following table gives a rough overview of the different price classes:

Price class Available products
Low-priced (20 - 150 €) Small tables, no high-quality material, low stability, no beautiful design
Medium-priced (150 - 500 €) Medium to large tables, high stability, space-saving, beautiful look
High-priced (500 € and above) Large tables, beautiful look, high stability, high-quality material

What alternatives are there to a dining room table?

In smaller rooms, there is often not enough storage space for a dining room table. In these cases, you can also use a counter, which you can integrate at the worktop or cooker. You can sit comfortably on bar stools at the counter and enjoy your meal as you would at a dining room table.

Some kitchens have integrated tables that can be retracted after use. When the tables are not in use, they do not take up any space.

Another alternative would be to mount a tabletop directly on a wall. This also saves a lot of space, but it makes it more difficult for people to talk to each other.

How is a dining room table cleaned?

The cleaning of the table depends above all on its material. A tabletop made of ceramic, wood or concrete can simply be wiped with a wet cloth and a little soap.

If the tabletop is made of glass, we also recommend using vinegar or glass cleaner. A wooden tabletop also requires occasional care with oil, although you can use conventional olive or linseed oil.

Scouring agents or hard sponges should not be used for cleaning, as they can damage the material or cause scratches.

Conclusion

For many people, the dining room table is the centre of activity within their own four walls. Probably the most time spent together with the family is spent eating. Therefore, the right dining table should not only look good, but also stand out for its durability and resistance.

A dining room table is available in different shapes and made of different materials, which always depend on the rest of the room's furnishings and taste.

It is also better to invest more in a dining room table than to have to deal with the same table again after a few years of use.

Image source: unsplash / Sasha San

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