How to Choose an Oak Dining Table

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Shopping for an oak dining table can be an overwhelming and daunting process since there is often so much choice that you be left feeling confused. Fortunately, there are some ways that you can (and should) narrow down the list of choices until you have just a few left (at which point you can choose your favorite).

Where is it going?

The first thing you need to think about is where your solid oak dining table is going to go in your home (you probably know this already).

Chances are it’ll be in your dining room itself, so you need to go and measure your dining room’s dimensions so that you know what kind of sized space you’re working with. There’s no point going out and blindly buying an oak wood dining table and then hoping it fits!

For How Many People?

The next questions to ask yourself is ‘how many people does this wood dining table have to seat?’ This is just as important as the previous question, and will help you decide whether you need to buy just a cheap dining table or an entire dining room set (with chairs and all).

What is your budget?

Next (and perhaps most importantly for some people) we have to think about our budget (i.e. how much you have to spend) and how much we are prepared to pay (i.e. how much you actually WANT to spend). For many people this is not a set number, but a range. For example, you might have a number that you don’t want to go past, but if an amazing super-nice table comes along you are prepared to spend a little bit more to take it home.

So you have a brief idea of what you’re after. Now let’s go out there and try to find all of the oak dining tables on the market that fit our specifications.

Choose a Suitable Style

From then on it’s just about narrowing it down to the particular styles that you like, and the styles that will fit in with the rest of the look of your home.

Another good thing to do is to sit down at each dining table (if possible) and get a feel for how comfortable it is and whether it ‘feels right’. This is very much an intuitive and personal thing, and is something that should not be over look (again, if possible – you can’t do this if you’re buying oak dining tables online).

If you’ve follow the advice above hopefully by now you’re enjoying your meals at a beautiful oak dining room table with your family!

Also read our guide on maintaining oak furniture and our guide on oak dining table care.

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