Dining Room Table: Review & Recommendations

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Welcome to our large dining table test 2020, where we present all the dining tables we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the web.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best dining room table for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page which you should pay attention to if you want to buy a dining table.

The most important facts in brief

  • A dining room table is usually made of materials such as wood, glass, metal, concrete or ceramic. Most manufacturers make dining room tables in a rectangular, square, round or oval shape.
  • A basic distinction is made between folding, extendable or fixed dining room tables. They are available in various designs and price categories.
  • There are hardly any limits to your ideas around the dining room table: Lighting, drawers, castors and all kinds of decoration can turn your dining room table into the eye-catcher of the room.

Dining room table test: Favourites of the editorial staff

  • The best all-round dining table
  • The best dining room table set with four chairs
  • The best extendable dining table
  • The best dining room table with glass top

The best all-round dining table

This affordable dining table from Homexperts offers space for four to six people. It has an oak wood look with a melamine top in the middle, which is painted black or white on the back, so it can be used as desired.

The plate is particularly easy to clean and is well processed. Customers praise the simple construction of the table and its stability time and again. If you would like to have an inexpensive all-round dining table in your home, Homexperts has the perfect table for you.

The best dining room table set with four chairs

This set, consisting of a dining table with glass top and four imitation leather chairs, is very stable and hard-wearing despite its slim form. The set can be purchased in black or white and is quick and easy to assemble.

The modern style and easy cleaning of both the top and the chairs is what convinces customers the most. If you are looking for a modern dining room set that is affordable, yet stable and comfortable, then this is definitely the one for you.

The best extendable dining table

This oak table can be extended from 160 to 300 cm, is 90 cm wide and 76 cm high. It is available in three different colours and can seat up to 12 people when extended.

The buyers of this table are surprised by the low price, because it is high quality and very stable. According to reviews, it delivers what it promises. If you are looking for an extendable dining room table, but don’t want to dig too deep into your pocket, then this is definitely the right choice.

The best dining room table with glass top

This small but fine glass table measures 120x70x75 cm and offers space for four people. The safety glass, which stands on four metal table legs, gives the table an elegant design. It is also equipped with a shelf.

The customers appreciate the look and the easy cleaning of the table most. They are enthusiastic about the price-performance ratio and describe the construction as relatively simple, even for the inexperienced. So if you are interested in a glass table as a visual highlight for your dining room, this dining table is certainly one of the best on the market.

Guide: Questions you should deal with before buying a dining room table

What size should a dining room table be?

Three questions are crucial when choosing the size of your dining room table:

How big is the room where you want the table to be?
How many people use the table regularly?
What kind of seating furniture is at the table?

First and foremost you should give your dining table enough “space”, it should be easily accessible from all sides. Of course it should be comfortable for the people who will be sitting at the table regularly. We recommend 50 – 70 cm space for one person.

The length of the table can be measured by the number of people. The width is calculated at about 40 cm for a place setting and in the middle between two seats about 20 cm should be included for decoration, drinks or serving plates.

In the following table we show you how big your table should be in order to provide enough space for the number of people indicated. In addition, we also indicate the diameter of the table in case you decide to have a round table.

The correct table height is usually calculated from the height of the chairs. The “formula” is the height of the chair plus 30 cm. Normally chairs are 45 – 48 cm high, so a table should have a height of about 75 cm to sit comfortably at. If the chairs have large armrests or are wide, this should of course be included in the size of the table.

What material should a dining room table be made of?

Dining room tables can be made of various materials. You can decide according to your optical preferences. The most common materials are wood, glass, metal, concrete and ceramic.
A dining room table made of solid wood matches most furniture and gives the room a warm and inviting ambience. Wood is also very durable, robust and sustainable. Solid wood convinces above all with its individual grain, especially modern are dining room tables with tree-edge.

Solid wood tables are completely made of solid wood, i.e. they have not been veneered. You can recognize this by the grain.

A glass dining table with its surface provides transparency and width in the room. Compared to the wooden table, the glass table has a slightly cooler effect.
Glass is a rather sensitive material, whereby dust, scratches or fingerprints leave traces. A glass table is therefore less recommendable in a household with children.

A dining room table made entirely of metal is rather rare. Mostly materials are mixed to create a modern style. Mostly the frame is made of powder-coated or chrome-plated metal, which is robust, easy to clean and durable.

The tops of a dining room table are often made of concrete or ceramic. They are particularly insensitive and durable. They convince by their unique aesthetics and give the room a modern style. The cleaning of both materials is very easy, especially when oiled or waxed.

Did you know that in most families, everyone has a special place at the dinner table?
A fixed seating arrangement is common practice in many families. Everyone has a certain place at the table, which is usually not or rarely changed. The parents usually do not sit opposite each other, but next to each other.

What shape should a dining room table have?

We show you in the following table in which forms dining room tables are usually sold and which characteristics they bring with them.

When choosing the shape you should decide according to the conditions of the room and your preferences. However, since most rooms are rectangular, it is best to use the room with a dining table in the same shape.

How much is a dining room table?

The cost of a dining room table varies greatly depending on the material and size. For less than 100 € you get rather small tables, which are meant for two to four persons. Most dining room tables are available for 250 – 450 €. Many models also cost well over 500 €, and these are usually large tables made of high-quality materials.

Where can I buy a dining room table?

You can get a dining room table in almost all furniture stores. If you want it made to measure, a carpenter can make the model according to your ideas.
But if you want to look around at a local dealer, you can find it at Ikea, Mömax, XXXLutz, Obi, JYSK, Roller or at Dänisches Bettenlager.
There is also a large selection of dining table suppliers online. Amazon, Ebay, Otto, Zurbrüggen, Home24 or also Moebel24 are only a few of the companies that offer a large selection of dining room tables.

What alternatives are there to a dining room table?

Especially in small apartments there is often not enough space for a dining table. There are alternatives such as breakfast bars. Here, a counter merges with the kitchen work surface or stove and becomes a great alternative with some bar stools.

Some kitchens also have a table that can be pulled out of the cupboard. This means that the table can be stowed away again immediately after eating and does not take up any unnecessary space when not in use.

A panel that is mounted on the wall can also be a space-saving alternative to a dining table. This can look quite unique, but the people sitting at the table may not be able to enjoy themselves as much.

Decision: What types of dining room tables are there and which one is right for you?

But if you want to get a dining room table, there are three alternatives,
that you can choose between:

  • Extendable dining table
  • Fixed dining table
  • Folding dining room table

The handling and use of the three different dining room tables each have advantages and disadvantages. Depending on what you prefer and what you want to use the dining room table for, a different type is suitable for you. The following section should make your decision easier.

What distinguishes an extendable dining table and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Extendable dining room tables are very popular because their extension element provides more space for eating, partying or storage. They are particularly suitable if you have guests visiting frequently but do not always want to sit in one large area. Mostly they are available in oval or rectangular shape.

Advantages

Extension element
Space-saving

Disadvantages

Less stable
Optics

What distinguishes a fixed dining room table and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A fixed dining table is a classic in most dining rooms. It is characterised above all by its stability. It is available in all imaginable shapes and there are almost no limits to the design variations. In smaller kitchens or living rooms, however, a large fixed dining table can make things tight.

Advantages

Stability
Optics
Model variety

Disadvantages

Usually need a lot of space
Often expensive

What distinguishes a folding dining table and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A foldable dining table is less common, but has its advantages. Like an extendable table, the folding table is a space-saving solution for smaller rooms. It is also easy to stow away if it takes up unnecessary space when not in use.

Advantages

Space-saving
Good stowability
Mostly cheap

Disadvantages

Optics
Lower stability
Mostly small

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate dining room tables based on these factors

  • Size
  • Material
  • Modulo
  • Frame
  • Equipment

Size

With the size of your table, the first thing you should do is to make sure that the room where the dining room table will later be placed offers plenty of space. If not, you can use space-saving tables such as folding tables or extendable tables. The second important criterion is the number of people who will regularly sit at the table.

One person needs about 60 cm space at the table.

In the advice section we have created a table for you to see which size we recommend for how many people. The dimensions of the chairs are also important to take into account when determining the size of your dining table.

Material

The most popular dining room tables are made of solid wood, glass, metal, concrete or ceramic. The materials differ primarily in their appearance and care. Otherwise, you can decide here freely according to your preferences. Wood gives the room a warm and cosy atmosphere, while glass, concrete or ceramic tend to have a cool and modern look.

In addition, wood is the only material that needs some care, all others are extremely easy to maintain and clean. How you best care for a wooden table is explained in the trivia.

Attention: Glass is the most sensitive material, therefore it is less recommended for a household with children.

Concrete and ceramics are usually oiled or waxed, which makes them particularly easy to clean. Dining room tables that are made of metal from head to toe are relatively rare. Mostly the frame is made of metal, as it is very robust and easy to clean.

Formular

The shape of the dining room table should first and foremost be adapted to the conditions of the room. A rectangular table is the one that makes the most effective use of space, as most rooms are rectangular.
In addition to rectangular dining room tables, there are also square tables, but these are usually kept rather small and are intended for a smaller number of people.

Tip: A somewhat more unusual but still practical form of a dining room table would be the boat form.

Round dining room tables are very conducive to communication, but need plenty of space. Therefore they are only suitable for large dining rooms, as the table should be freely accessible all around.
Oval dining room tables are also very popular. They are especially suitable if you prefer a round shape but have a narrow space available.

Frame

The frame of a dining room table is usually made of metal or wood. Especially with metal, the tables often consist of a material mix with glass, concrete or ceramic.
Metal and wood are particularly characterised by their stability and durability, thus creating the perfect

Georg SimmerSociologist, philosopher
Eating and drinking together can turn the stranger into a friend. It triggers a tremendous socializing force within us.
It creates a sense of community. In many cultures, eating and drinking together was a central element. Through this socialization, the mere intake of food is overcome and becomes a social event. (Source: socio.ch)

The frame can classically consist of four table legs or X-table legs. In addition to these two forms of frame, there are many others which can be used to create an eye-catching glass table, for example. On this website you can see both classic and very unusual table frames.

Equipment

A dining room table can be equipped with accessories. These include a drawer under the table top. Here you can store cutlery, coasters, a tray or many other items that you want to reach quickly at the table.

Dining room tables on castors are also available. These are particularly practical if the table needs to be moved frequently or is pushed against the wall.
Many dining tables are available in combination with chairs. They match perfectly not only visually but also in terms of dimensions and are available as a set.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about dining room tables

How do I clean my dining room table?

Cleaning of the dining room table may vary depending on the material. For most materials, a damp cloth dipped in some soapy water is sufficient to remove most dirt. For glass tables, a vinegar cleaner or a special glass cleaner can also be used. For all materials, scouring sponges or abrasive cleaners should be avoided.

Did you know that very few families pray before dinner anymore?
Only about 8% of German Christians pray regularly from the meal. About 55 years ago it was still almost 30% who said a prayer daily before the meal.

What lighting is suitable for my dining room table?

The lighting of a dining room table is very important to create a cosy atmosphere and to make even long periods of sitting at it as comfortable as possible. The table should be well lit, but the light should also not be too bright.

Pendant luminaires create a very cosy light because they illuminate the table perfectly without dazzling.

We advise you to mount your lamp about 60 – 70 cm from the table. Warm white light bulbs, which are dimmable, also illuminate the table best. You can watch this video for more tips on how to properly light your dining room table.

How do I care for a wooden dining room table?

A wooden table is usually pre-treated by the manufacturer, i.e. it has already been oiled, varnished or painted. Of course it can also happen that this is left to the buyer of the table.
You can treat your dining room table with oil, varnish or a glaze. Oil is absorbed into the wood and retains its natural colour and grain. Lacquer or glaze seals the wood and gives it an even surface. Ideally, you should repeat one of these three procedures annually.

Can I build a dining room table myself?

Of course, with a little craftsmanship you can build your own dining room table. How exactly this works and what you need for it you can watch in this video tutorial.

There are many such tutorials on YouTube. Have a look around, you will surely find something!

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