Dine In Style

Tuesday, 1 May 2018  |  Social


With just one in four homeowners regularly eating meals in a formal dining room*, how do you create a space that will be loved and used by all the family?

Linda Lee, manager of Skipton’s long established furniture and furnishings store The Home Company, has some top tips for buying the perfect collection to maximise your dining area.  

Said Linda: “Choosing a new piece of furniture can be confusing as there are so many things to consider. With online stores and social media sites adding to the choice, the options really are endless, especially if you don’t know where to begin.

“Even if you don’t use your dining room often, it pays to invest in good quality furniture – it’s not only a gathering spot in the home for special occasions and when those unexpected guests arrive but also a focal point.”

Linda suggests making a list of the styles, features and materials you like, then itemising the ‘nice to haves’ if there is budget left.

Her top tips include:

  • Measure up before buying. Different styles and shapes can be much larger than they appear instore. Leave at least 60cm between the table and wall or ideally, if you have space, 90cm.
  • Is it fit for purpose? If you have children, choose a hardwearing range that won’t be spoilt by a few knocks. For those who need the option of flexibility, an extending dining table is the perfect choice.   
  • Have a budget in mind before visiting the store. Sometimes a table and six chairs may be charged separately, so always be sure to clarify with the retailer.
  • Consider what look you want to achieve in the area. For those wanting a more contemporary style opt for a pale wood collection, like the Coelo or Chamonix ranges. To create a traditional feel, look out for warm wood shades that will give a room a laidback, period style that’s practical and fuss free (the Reims assortment is ideal).
  • Be sure to buy a good quality product that will stand the test of time – it should sit firmly on its feet and not wobble if pressure is applied.
  • A dresser or sideboard is the perfect way to store dining pieces and accessories creating a streamlined effect. While pieces needn’t match, try to choose ranges that offer some unity. Both the Coelo and Reims collections offer dressers to match dining furniture. 
  • For those not wanting a total dining room overhaul, spruce up your space with new chairs. If you dare to be bold, opt for seating options in vibrant patterns and colours (e.g. our Tivoli roll top chair in lime green) or create a unique look and buy them separately rather than plumping for a ready-made set.

* Source: https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/dining-room-design-remodel-ideas/