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Choosing the Right Kitchen Table

The piece of furniture in most homes that sees the most use is the kitchen table. Kitchen tables are not only used for meals. Some families gather there to do homework, pay bills, play games, visit with company, or work on projects. Because of the many ways that families use their kitchen tables, there is a wide variety of kitchen table styles so that every family can find the perfect kitchen table set for them. When deciding on the perfect kitchen table for your home there are a few things to consider including the material of construction, size, and shape.

The materials that your kitchen tables are made of should match or compliment the materials used in the rest of your kitchen. For example, if you have oak kitchen cabinets then oak kitchen tables are the right ones for you. In general, the style of your decorating and architecture should remain constant. If you have a contemporary kitchen with stainless steel appliances and two-tone coloring, then a modern kitchen table is a good choice. Sets with glass kitchen tables and metal chairs often work well in modern or contemporary spaces. If your kitchen is designed around a country theme, then kitchen table furniture made of wood with stencils might be a good choice. If you are more adventurous with your decorating choices then you might have a throwback kitchen with a 50s or 60s theme. Then, you can look into retro kitchen tables with Formica tops and plastic upholstered benches. 1950s style kitchen table sets are very popular.

Another decision you need to make is what size table you want or need. Kitchen or breakfast nook furniture comes in many different sizes. You can get small kitchen tables that are just big enough for two or you can get large kitchen tables that will seat up to twelve. It all depends on how much room you have and what the size of your family is. You need to make sure that there is room around your table for people to comfortably pull out a chair and sit down. That means there needs to be at least two feet of clearance on all sides of the table. If you want to sit more people at the table but do not have extra room there are a few things you can do to allow for more seating. Round kitchen tables are more conducive to extra chairs because there are no corners to get in your way. In addition, benches will accommodate more people than chairs in the same space. A corner breakfast nook set is a good space saving idea. Two sides of the table have benches that sit in the corner. Since they do not need to be pulled away from the table, that allows for a slightly larger table and more seating.

The shape of your kitchen table will usually be one of three choices. A square table is the perfect choice for a family of four or less, but could be awkward if your family is larger. Larger families are probably most comfortable at rectangular shaped tables. The round table is a good choice for smaller families of two since you can sit next to each other if you wish. Also, the round kitchen table is often the only shape where you can get it small enough so that it is the perfect size for one or two people.

No matter what shape, size, or style of kitchen table you purchase, you will be sure to enjoy many an activity and many a day there.

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