Whether it’s dinner with friends, family gatherings or enjoying a cup of tea whilst reading the paper, a dining table is central to a busy home and a big investment piece. At Habitat, we sell a range of well-made, contemporary tables to suit most budgets. Whether you’re working with a tiny kitchen or a generously sized dining space, we’ve got just the thing. From oak to walnut, round to rectangular, folding to extending, prepare your home for an intimate meal or a group of hungry friends with our helpful dining tables buying guide.
Choosing a dining table
How will you use your dining table?
If your dining table is going to be used every day, you want to choose a design that is durable and easy to clean. If it’s mainly for special occasions, choose a table that has wow factor.
How many seats do you need?
We’ve got designs ranging from 2-seaters all the way to 8-seaters, so work out how many people will be sat around the dinner table daily. 2-4 seaters are ideal if you’re pushed for space, whilst 4-6 seater tables are great for extra guests.
A round or oval table is great for maximising your space, they offer flexibility with seating and are great for socialising. Square tables are great for opening up your space and offer plenty of table top surface. Easy to fit within most rooms, rectangular dining table are often a popular choice as they’re a classic design in numerous finishes.
How much space do you have?
Have a look at your room and the furniture that will surround your dining table. Measuring the length and width of your table is important to ensure your chairs fit comfortably in your area. Remember to leave space for manoeuvring in and out, particularly if your set up is close to a wall.
What are the different types?
Great for smaller rooms that still need to fit family and friends, extendable dining tables are a great option for maximising your space. You can easily extend the table when you’ve got guests over and pop it back afterwards to save on space. Some of our tables incorporate storage space for the leaves when not in use.
Perfect for smaller spaces, our folding tables fold flat when not in use and can be stored away easily. They’re great for homes that only have 1 or 2 people living there.
Available in different sizes and shapes, fixed dining tables are ones that don’t extend so make sure you get one big enough to fit all your guests.
What are the different materials available?
Habitat dining tables are designed to last. The material and techniques we use are tried and tested so your table will look good and function well for many years.
Available in oak, ash, beech, walnut and pine, our wooden dining tables age well over time. Each piece has its own unique characteristics in colour, grain and durability. All our wood tables are robust and durable and are great for everyday use.
Sleek, modern or industrial, metal dining tables can add a glamourous touch to your space. They also have an added bonus of being easy to care for and clean.
A popular choice, glass tables will give a contemporary touch to your space. They also help to create a feeling of light and space to your room. All of our glass tables use tempered glass for durability.
- Dust regularly with a clean dry cloth
- Repeat this procedure for periodic cleaning
- Remove stubborn stains with a weak washing up liquid solution and a damp cloth and dry after with a clean cloth
- The use of furniture polish or spray is not necessary or recommended
- Never use abrasive or corrosive cleaning agents
- Always use placemats and coasters to protect the surface from moisture and heat
Dining room furniture
From bright and colourful to pared-back Scandi, we have a wide range of chairs to complement your dining table. In need of some styling inspiration? Consider choosing a set of dining chairs in various colours for a quirky, mismatched look. Or, keep to one colour but experiment with a contrasting material like metal to avoid a look that is too matchy-matchy.
An essential for saving space, dining benches work well tucked under a dining table but don’t forget they’re versatile pieces that can be used in other ways. Benches are at home under a window, or for placing books, plants and accessories on when they’re not being used.
Plates, cutlery, candles and serving dishes – all these dining essentials need a home. Pop yours into one of our gorgeous storage cabinets or sideboards – either tucked out of sight until next time or on display in one of our glass-fronted units. We also have sideboards that match our tables or go for a more interesting look by mixing different style of furniture.
So you’ve got the table picked out. Now it’s time to complete the look with contemporary cutlery and dinnerware. We have a whole host of coordinated sets as well as fine dining cutlery and glassware. There is always new stuff coming in our collection so it’s worth checking the website if you fancy a quick update for a special occasion or – just because!