Dining Table Buying Guide: Creating a Bespoke Dining Table Perfect for Your Home

Buying a New Dining Table

Here at The bespoke Carpentry Co., we understand that buying a new dining table can seem like a daunting experience, however, we believe that it should be an enjoyable one. So, if you’re currently thinking “how do I choose the best dining table for my home?” then we’re here to help. Whether you’re unsure about dining table finishes or sizing, our dining table guide includes everything you need to help you make your decision

What are you waiting for? Get started with your dining table search by reading our helpful guide, safe in the knowledge that you’re fully equipped to choose the best dining table for you and your home.

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The Significance of the Dining Table in the Home

The dining table has long been a place that brings people together. Whether it’s where you start your day with family over breakfast or it’s where you host friends for a dinner party, the dining table is a special place that witnesses many special occasions and memories. Your dining table may be in your dining room, or it may be in your kitchen or living room, however, regardless of where it’s located, you want to use it to its full potential.

When it comes to your dining table, it isn’t just an eating place, it’s for socialising with friends, hosting Sunday family lunches, a place for your children to do their homework or the boardroom for your next family meeting.

The dining table is so much more than just a table, which is why it’s so important to get the most out of it and find one that suits you and your lifestyle.

How to Choose a Dining Table

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ing table is a real investment piece that will last for many years to come. However, from personal preferences to practicality to consider, there can be so many elements that come into the decision to buy a particular dining table. Therefore, we’ve created this complete guide to buying a dining table to ensure we’ve covered all the different considerations when choosing a dining table.

Here at The Bespoke Carpentry Co., we know our stuff when it comes to dining tables. Being one of our lead products, we eat, sleep, and breathe dining tables and therefore, we’re perfectly positioned to give you all the knowledge you need to help you purchase your new dining table.


What Dining Table Size is Right for my Home

At first thought it may seem obvious to measure the available space and choose a dining table that’s suitable for this area, however, there are many more elements to consider when it comes to the size of your dining table. Firstly, when measuring the area you have available, you’ll need to ensure there is at least 90cm clearance around the table, as well as 50-60cms width available for each place setting.

Next, you’ll need to consider how many place settings are required at the table. If you’re a family of 4 who regularly entertains then you may wish to choose a table that offers more place settings than is required regularly. However, if you’re a family of 8 who doesn’t often entertain then it may not be worth the additional investment of a larger table.

Additionally, if you’re working with a larger space, you may be tempted to opt for a larger dining table to fill the space, however, this may not be the best use of space. It’s important to consider what other furniture is in the room and how much floor space is needed, for example, if you have young children, you may need more floor space. In comparison, if you’re searching for a dining table for a smaller space then it might be worth considering a table with a pedestal base as it offers a better use of space. It may also be worth considering a dining table with a bench to maximise space usage even further.

Benches are a great way to add extra seating around a table without compromising on table shape and style. Additionally, they can be easily tucked under the table, allowing for extra floor space whilst the table isn’t being used.


What Dining Table Shape Should I Choose?

When it comes to choosing a dining table shape you need to consider not only the space but a style that you’ll love for years to come. Whether you have an open-plan kitchen or a traditional dining room, the dining table is normally the focal point of the room and therefore you’ll want to ensure you choose the best shape.

Round Dining Table

You’ve already considered the space that you have available, so using this information you can decide on a shape. A round dining table is a good choice for those limited on space, such as in flats and apartments. Round tables can fit into tight spots as well as provide an intimate dining experience. However, a round table may not be for you if you’re looking to host larger gatherings or you have a growing family.


Square Dining TableA square table or short rectangular table is a great option for square spaces, such as a smaller kitchen or living room and is also great at offering an intimate dining experience. It's also a great shape for couples who wish to host 1 or 2 other people occasionally. However, a square table isn’t ideal for more than four people as it can quickly become cramped and overcrowded.



Rectangular Dining TableThe most popular shape when it comes to dining tables is a rectangular table and there are many reasons why. A rectangle dining table provides optimal seating whilst also allowing traffic flow around the table and space within the room. Additionally, it allows for more than four people to be seated. Obviously the longer the table the more place setting available, however, generally speaking, any 4-person rectangular table can accommodate 6 people when required, making it a great versatile option.



What Colour Should I Choose for my Dining Table?

Another element to consider when choosing your dining table is what colour to choose. Here at The Bespoke Carpentry Co., we offer 5 stain finishes, including Belgium grey, antique oak, whiskey, walnut, and dark oak.

If you’re looking for a robust colour that will suit most interiors, then our Belgium grey stain is the best choice. Whereas our 4 wood stains are great traditional choices that offer natural colour to suit your existing furniture and interior.

Light-coloured furniture can help to make a small room feel much bigger as the table doesn’t contrast with its surroundings. However, lighter colours might not work in a larger room, as light-coloured furniture can get lost in the space.

Dark coloured furniture is a great way to add depth and warmth to a space and is also an excellent way to add sophistication to a room when paired with neutral-coloured walls.


Different Styles of Dining Tables

Once you have decided on a shape and size for your dining table, next you need to choose the style of the table. The best place to start is within your home; look around and see what style you think would best suit your existing interiors. Below we detail the styles of dining tables that are available at The Bespoke Carpentry Co.Rustic Farmhouse Dining Table

Rustic Farmhouse Style Dining Table

Rustic farmhouse style dining tables have always been around, however, in recent years they have become the favoured style for many homes. Offering a table full of character and warmth, a rustic farmhouse dining table is the perfect staple piece for any kitchen or dining room. Inspired by rural and country living, farmhouse dining tables are a popular choice for many homes due to their versatility to blend well with existing interiors. Characterised by their weathered and worn look, rustic farmhouse dining tables are perfect for making a house a home.


Industrial Style Dining TableIndustrial Dining Table

If you’re looking for a twist on modern furniture, then an industrial style dining table is for you. When it comes to industrial dining tables, think fuss-free, warehouse vibes with steel legs. The industrial style is all about combining strong steel legs with solid wood to create a dining table with character and style, perfect for any modern home.


Live Edge Dining Table

Live Edge Dining Table

Live edge dining tables, often referred to as natural edge is a style of dining table that combines the natural beauty and charm of the tree into its design. The edge of the table is left untouched to showcase the stunning features of the tree and simply treated to lock in the beauty and character of the trees features. With live edge dining tables, no two tables are the same, making it perfect for anyone looking for a unique one-of-a-kind statement table.


Reclaimed Wood Dining Table

Reclaimed wood dining tables are fast becoming one of the most popular dining table choices. Not only are reclaimed wood dining tables better for the environment, but they also look beautiful in your home. Reclaimed wood as the name suggests is recycled or reused wood, sourced to prevent the need for further trees to be cut down. The charm of a reclaimed wood dining table comes from the unique knots and rings, as well as the denser grain, achieved by previous exposure to hot and cold atmospheres, meaning the wood has already dried out and won’t expand or contract like new wood.


Dining Table Leg Options

The last thing to consider for your new handmade bespoke dining table is the tables supports/legs. There are many options available, each of which can affect both the overall look as well as the functionality of the table, therefore it’s important to get it right.

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Here at The Bespoke Carpentry Co., we offer the following dining table support options: hairpins, square, V frame, A-frame, trapezium, and X frame. However, whichever option you choose they will be sure to bring your overall look together.

  • A-frame legs – are great for adding a solid and sturdy base to your table, as the structure of the legs means they can support large and heavy loads. A-frame legs are great for achieving that modern industrial look.
  • Square legs – are perfect for creating a modern twist on a classic style. As with a-frame legs, the square structure lends itself well to large tabletops, making square legs perfect for larger sized dining tables.
  • Hairpin legs – offer the most effective way to achieve the ever-popular industrial-chic vibe in your home.
  • X-frame legs – offer an industrial modern style that is perfect for creating a striking centrepiece in any room.
  • Trapezium legs – work well when looking to create a farmhouse style dining table. The trapezium legs are also perfect for reclaimed wood tables as they offer a sturdy and strong base.
  • V frame legs – are the same as trapezium legs however the wider part of the support/leg is at the top of the table as opposed to the base. This makes it a great option when floor space is limited.


How Can I Pay for my Dining Table?

Here at The Bespoke Carpentry Co., we know that purchasing a dining table is an investment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. That is why we offer an unprecedented amount of payment options to make purchasing your new dining table as easy and as flexible as possible.

You can use one of your existing ShopPay, PayPal or Google Pay accounts for fast and easy checkout. Alternatively, we accept all major debit and credit cards to purchase your new dining table.

However, to ensure that all our customers can afford our stunning dining tables and to offer flexibility with your payment, we also offer the option to split the total into 3 interest-free monthly payments with Klarna.


Dining Tables at The Bespoke Carpentry Co.

Hopefully, you know have all the information you need to help you choose the best dining table for you and your home. And luckily, you’re already in the best place to start your dining table search. Here at The Bespoke Carpentry Co., we create handmade dining tables completely bespoke to you and your requirements. Start by browsing our great range of dining tables, from rustic farmhouse to industrial chic; once you’ve found a style you like you can then select the size and stain for the table. Alternatively, if what you would like isn’t listed on our website then that’s not an issue, simply get in touch via our contact form or by calling 01305 849386 and we’ll do our best to bring your idea to life for you.

We can’t wait to get to work on your new dining table or kitchen centrepiece.


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