Whether it is just to share your favourite meal, catching up on the highlights of the day, or the ultimate, cosy candlelight dinner, we believe every occasion to break bread is special! But beyond wining and dining, your small dining table set can be used for so much more. Our experts would go so far as to say that it can be the most versatile piece of furniture in your home. But with countless options to choose from, how do you ensure you end up with a statement piece that is perfect for you? Our interior designers in Chennai say that you’ll know when you answer these 4 crucial questions.
What should you look for in a table?
This is the first step to having the dining table of your dreams! What are you most likely to use your table for? Are you looking for something that is light and portable that allows you to dine al-fresco whenever you want, or something a little sturdier (recommended if you have kids or large pets)? Whatever your needs, different styles of tables bring unique characteristics into your home. Here’s a cheat sheet to help you pick the right one:
How should your space look?
Let’s get to the ‘bottom’ of things
In the battle between form and function, we want a dining table that can win on both fronts! In our previous article, our experts compiled a list of materials that can be used for table tops. Now it is time to get down to the brass tacks and focus on what matters – the base!
When it comes to good design, all tables need legs to stand on! With a plethora of options to choose from, your table legs can simply be functional, or add character to your quarters. While cast iron and certain types of wood such as cherry, walnut or pine are a few sturdy options, you can also opt for some thinner alternatives to allow for more leg room.
Pedestal and Trestle
If you are looking for more flexibility, this is the choice for you! Pedestals or trestles are gratifying options for the conventional four table legs – especially for more formal spaces. These can help you effortlessly transform your space, especially when you have to entertain people at home. A word to wise, these types of bases are not for heavy or big tabletops, as they can make the table wobbly.
Pro Tip: A table is a 5 – 8 year investment, so stay away from passing trends or things that are ‘en vogue’.
How do you make the table work for your space?
When it comes to purchasing your table, it is also important to visualise how it integrates into your space. The first step is to get the measurements right – it can be trickier than it seems.
Where do you get it from?
Another important factor you will want to consider is if you want a ready-to-use piece, a mix and match set (think Monica’s table from F.R.I.E.N.D.S), or if you want a custom-made set to suit your space, style and needs. Our state-of-the-art factory is home to bespoke furniture designers in Chennai. It’s your one-stop-destination to design and build a table that fits your space like a glove!
Pro tip: Visual weight of the furniture matters – it might fit but might be bulky and make the space look bigger.
Now that you have these questions answered, get ready to welcome home your small dining table set (metaphorically) for big dining experiences!
Want to get started already? Get on a call with our top interior designers in Chennai.