Although we’re in the 2020s, interior design continues to favor the rustic, and what gives off rural charm more than a lovely wood dining table?
The beauty of a solid wood dining table is unmatched and makes for a timeless family heirloom that can be passed down and cherished for generations.
This topic begs the question: what are the best woods for dining tables? Studies have shown that a variety of hardwoods like mahogany, walnut, maple, oak and teak are preferable for their functionality and texture.
Each of these types also has an attractive grain size as they’re beautifully natural; not to mention, hardwood dining tables are also eco-friendly!
Hardwood dining tables do require some maintenance but are manageable to clean. There are wood cleaners on the market, but all you really need to clean a hardwood surface is soapy water and a soft cloth.
Perhaps the most popular shapes for hardwood tables are rectangles and circles. Rectangular tables are ideal for larger dining areas whereas circular tables best suit smaller dining areas.
As far as seating around a hardwood dining table goes, you have several options. The majority of the time, a dining table will be available with matching chairs.
Sometimes, there are also matching benches; for a rectangular table, you could use just two benches, two benches and two chairs, or four chairs and a bench.
How do you know if you should go for chairs, benches, or both? Opt for benches if you want to save space and maintain clear sight lines.
There’s a rising trend of mixing furniture, so you can also be daring and use mismatched chairs and benches with your hardwood dining table.
Whatever your style, a hardwood dining table is a beautiful addition to any dining space and will make a perfect gathering place for years to come.