No kitchen is complete without a proper kitchen table – no doubts about that. Your kitchen is no more a place where you simply cook and eat, as it used to be back in the ancient times. Today, it’s a place where you socialize with your entire family and even your guests. Some say the kitchen is the heart of your house – and we think that’s not an exaggeration.
Considering all of that, equipping your kitchen with a proper kitchen table, so it can fulfill all the diverse roles it plays in your home, is a crucial matter. Without further ado, let’s jump right into the subject of picking the best kitchen table for your kitchen, taking your specific needs into account.
If telling you which kitchen table will be the best one to buy was possible, we would’ve told you already, trust us. Problem is, everyone uses his kitchen in a slightly different way, and at a different frequency. These nuances and much more are the keys to discovering the kind of furniture that will serve you best, from both the practical and aesthetical point of view. This is why we need you cooperate and answer yourself a set of questions, so we can find out what exactly do you need. Let’s get to it:
What do you really need the kitchen table for?
While the question itself may seem trivial, it’s not uncommon for buyers to not be exactly sure what do they need. How many times do you go to a shop, only to scratch your head with confusion, asking yourself : ” wait, what am I even looking for?”.
Before you even start listing through all the different kitchen tables, it’s important that you already have the answer to that question.
To narrow down your options, think how much did you really use your previous kitchen table, if you had any, or how much do you plan on using your soon-to-be table.
If you do not expect to be using it all that much, you can focus on the aesthetics, for example. A table that will not see much use can be used mainly for decoration value. All you need in such case is a simple, small table. Saving up space will allow you to use the rest of your kitchen in a better way, and all the money saved on buying such a light-duty table can be put to better use elsewhere.
On the other hand, some of us actually need their tables to be as hard as nails. If you have a big family, or regularly throw parties for all of your neighborhood, we’re sure you could use a military-grade kitchen table. In such a case, you will have to look for something bigger and way more durable, ideally from very durable materials – granite or stainless steel kitchen tables are what instantly comes to our mind, but your options are wider than that.
Keep in mind, you do not have to give up the aesthetics totally when you need a sturdy kitchen table- it just means you should primarily focus on the practical values, and then pay attention to the design. Even the heaviest of materials can still be finished in a fancy and envy-inducing way.
What is the concept of your kitchen?
Another very important question- after all, your kitchen table has to be cohesive with the entirety of your house.
While for the owners of enclosed kitchens this might not be a big problem, because you can have each room furnished in a different style without creating any chaos or feeling of mismatch, it’s not all that obvious for the owners of open kitchens.
Remember that when you have a kitchen open to your living room or a dining room, or any other room at all, the kitchen table you’re about to buy will be visible from all the different angles. While it can match your kitchen, what if it clashes with your living room furniture or your dining room?
Granted, if you have your kitchen open to a dining room, it’s unlikely you will be getting a separate table for your kitchen, yet you get the idea – in an open kitchen, the kitchen table has to match the connected rooms.
What style do you want your kitchen table to be in?
Similar to all the other furniture pieces, kitchen table being no exception, the design is one of the crucial aspects of it. In the end, our kitchen has to be not only practical but also a real eye-candy, right?
Because of that, before you pick your kitchen table, it’s important that you decide the style in which it should be finished – let us give you a few examples.
If you’re a happy owner of a modern kitchen, it’s great to choose a cohesive, glass or stainless steel kitchen table. Apart from the materials used to produce one, you also have to consider its color and finish. Combine these inquiries with the need to choose either a smaller table or a bigger one, as we advised you to do before in our previous tip, and you’ve got yourself a set of things to consider.
It all gets complicated when you look at all the nuances stacked together- looking for a small, elegant wooden table to match your classy design is all fine and dandy, but what if the answer to our first question was that you need a big, sturdy table which can serve your family for years to come, and under heavy stress at that?
Of course, producers do not just forget about you, we’re sure you can find something that’s going to match all your needs, but to find such a piece of furniture, first you have to know these needs yourself and be able to vocalize them. Nobody will find a proper table for you if you yourself aren’t sure what it is you’re looking for.
Indeed, while we keep telling you different questions that have to be answered before you can pick just the perfect kitchen table, keep in mind this one important truth- in the end, the pick has to be made not on the basis of any of these questions alone, but all of them combined.
Do you have any plans to overhaul your kitchen in the near future?
If there is any chance you will be remodeling your kitchen anytime soon, it might be best of you postponed your plans for purchasing a new kitchen table.
This is tied up not only with space, that might get more of because of the overhaul, as well with the design- after all, isn’t the remodel a great opportunity to pursue your inner creativity?
If you indeed have the option to overhaul your kitchen, think ahead and first plan the way your new kitchen is going to look like. Whether it’s the change of style or removing some obsolete cabinets, this is the moment to reserve some space specifically for your kitchen table.
Same applies to your appliances- during an overhaul, many people decide to get rid of the old ones and buy appliances which are not only new but also made with the help of newer technology, which allows for it to be smaller and more ergonomic. Isn’t that a great opportunity to save up some space for your big table?
Lastly, as we already mentioned, this might be tied with a new style that you wish to incorporate in your renewed kitchen- how can you buy a kitchen table now, when during an overhaul, you might be furnishing the rest of the kitchen in a different style? Wouldn’t that be a shame?
As you can see, there is plenty of small choices to be made, which rapidly add up and can create a real mess in your head, unless you think ahead and take countermeasures to avoid them. Don’t rush buying your kitchen table, until you’re hundred percent sure it’s the one.
What kind of a kitchen table can you actually fit into your kitchen?
This one is really crucial and will have the biggest impact on your final choice. How much space can you really dedicate for your kitchen table?
Obviously, this question is not only about what you can sacrifice, but also about what do you really have to sacrifice. Maybe you do not need to give up any space at all?
For example, maybe a kitchen island would suit you better than the table itself? Or maybe you already have a kitchen table, and extending it would be enough to satisfy your needs?
If knowing the alternative, you still think it has to be a kitchen table – evaluate the space you have available. After all, the conditions in your kitchen could be in conflict with what you need.
Now, if you need a grand kitchen table, yet don’t have the required space for it to be installed, you can either try to overhaul your kitchen for it to fit in, or look for creative ways to fit it in. Some people move their appliances to different rooms, for examples. If you have no other choice, you could also get yourself a big, sturdy kitchen table, that will serve you as the worktop on which you prepare food, and then serve it. Certain materials are great for that purpose, like stainless steel or marble.
Which shape of a kitchen table appeals to you the most?
If you haven’t given it much thought yet, now is the time to do it. While the size of your table is crucial, there are diverse shapes to choose from – the overall parameters of it will be more or less the same, so it’s a matter of both your personal preferences and the shape of your kitchen itself. If you choose the correct shape for your kitchen table, you might be able to fit one of the bigger surfaces without the need of any overhaul. Because of such possibility, evaluating the shape that matches your kitchen is crucial.
These are the options when it comes to the shapes of kitchen tables:
- Round – a great choice in kitchens of shape and space which allow your entire family to be seated around it. They come in many sizes and in every style, so don’t fret – you will surely find a round kitchen table that matches your design.
- Square – fantastic choice for small families, ideally consisting of four members. While they come in sizes which allow them to fit smaller kitchens, you can find larger ones without trouble. Such a kitchen table is also a great option for couples, as it’s good for intimacy.
- Rectangular – a larger and wider alternative to a square kitchen table, these are perfect for large kitchens, so you can fit a lot of people together. Great option if you intend to throw dinner parties.
- Oval – another option for larger kitchens, which is basically a variation of a rectangular kitchen table. The choice between this shape and the rectangular shape boils down mostly to your taste, as there is not much that separates both of these. A bit easier to walk around when you want to place your dishes at it.
These are the most basic types of kitchen tables – you can also look for some more specific shapes, with options of folding or with leveled surface. If you need something like that, it’s best you consult your local kitchen tables producer and specify any additional features that you would like your kitchen table to be equipped with.
Think ahead- plan your kitchen table accessories
While this may seem kinda obvious, many people get so occupied with the idea of buying a kitchen table that meets all their needs, that they forget that no kitchen table is complete without a matching set of kitchen accessories. Don’t be one of them, and think ahead.
Let’s list all the most popular kitchen accessories – if you already have these, decide whether you will buy your kitchen table to match them, or if you need to get yourself some new ones, for them to match the table:
- Chairs – no kitchen table is complete without a set of matching chairs.
- Cushions – while we all love modern design, those steel, cold chairs could use some additional comfort.
- Tablecloths – in the case of some kitchen tables, most notably the wooden ones, these are a very popular choice of adding coziness and warmth. Make sure you plan ahead and buy some which will match the design of your kitchen table.
- Placemats – especially in the case of kitchen tables which are supposed to serve a bigger family, you risk getting a lot of markings. A great replacement for table cloths, for tables of more modern design – such a steel or glass ones. Also, reduce the noise caused by banging your plates against the table.
If you intend to get yourself any of the aforementioned, think about the way they will present themselves at or around your kitchen table. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so think about everything now and spare yourself a headache later.
Now you’re ready!
We’re sure this little guide helped you clear your mind and narrow down the options, concerning choosing the best kitchen table both for your kitchen conditions and your needs. Let us just remind you once more, that you have to consider these questions altogether, combined – we’re sure the importance of each question varies between people, so always look at the big picture, not separate cases.
With that being said, go buy yourself a grand, envy-inducing kitchen table, because now you’re more than prepared to do it!