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Deciding on Dining Sets

Posted by Watson's on May 6, 2022 4:35:00 PM

The dining table is one of the most multifunctional pieces of furniture in your home. It’s a place to gather to eat, play games, have a cup of coffee with friends and family, and maybe even your art table.


When it comes to picking out the perfect dining set, it’s important to understand that not all dining tables and chairs are created the same. And it also depends on what functions you want it to serve.

Before you decide on a dining table, look over the following considerations before making your selection.

Type of Material Used

While wood is the most common material for dining tables, it’s not the only option out there. From real wood to composite materials, to marble and metal, the type of material is important to consider.

Each material has its own attributes. Mixed media offers a more contemporary modern look with relatively easy maintenance and clean up, while wood can be very versatile, creating anything from a traditional to modern look.

When looking at each material, it’s also important to understand the maintenance and care to ensure it lasts for the length you want and will be durable for your preferred uses. Wood tables can stain and show more wear and tear if not properly cared for. 

Construction of Table

In addition to the type of material used, how the piece is constructed will determine its durability and quality. For instance, a solid wood table will last longer than a composite wood table. The material is a factor for the construction and how well it holds up, but also the other construction elements used. 

Good quality tables will ensure a sturdy construction with materials that won’t wear away over time, such as glue and brackets over heavy-duty screws.

Finish of the Table

The finish is really only applicable to wood dining sets, but it’s something you need to consider if wanting a wood for your material. Do you want real wood, laminate, wood veneer, or faux wood? The amount of varnish and your grain wood look will depend on which you choose. 

Check Warranties

Warranties are a great way to get an idea of the quality of the product from the manufacturer. Consider this their confidence in their piece for how long it will last and potential repair needs. The longer the warranty, the higher quality the dining set.

Understanding Your Needs Now

We understand everyone may not be in the market for the best quality dining table just yet. For those with young children, in-between homes and need something more temporary, or other scenarios, it’s important to know what you need now and later and what will work.

If you have the space for your perfect dining table in your current residence, we recommend you look for a high-quality piece that will last.

If you’re in an apartment with limited room, there are still high-quality tables, but you may want to opt for a middle-of-the-road table not knowing what you may need later. Nothing would be worse than getting your dream table and it not fitting into your next home if that time is coming soon.

For others, like college students in apartments, new renters figuring out their space, or lower-budget savers, there are many options that are both good and budget-friendly. These won’t become your heirloom dining sets, but they’ll get the job done and our variety of selection can help you match any desired décor.

What’s Good, Better, and Best?

If you’re unsure what’s a good, better, and best option for quality dining sets, consider the following:

Good dining sets are typically your temporary options. When you need something fast and inexpensive, you’ll want to go with a good quality piece. These are usually the lowest in cost because of the materials used (usually veneers, fiberboards, etc.) that won’t last forever. 

Most good dining tables will have a short, limited warranty period. 

Better dining sets use better materials and are constructed to last longer. Materials in good dining sets usually include composite woods, such as plywood or chipboard. They will have a little longer limited warranty than your good options. 

Better dining sets are affordable and can last a long time if properly cared for and maintained. 

The best dining sets are those that are going to last the longest, determined by their material and construction. The best dining sets are typically solid wood with careful craftsmanship to ensure durability and longevity. These are the tables that become heirlooms and passed down because of their construction and attention to detail. 

If you’re looking for a custom dining set of the highest quality that is unique and sparks conversation, Watson's can create custom sets that you’re sure to love.

A warranty on a best dining table set will usually be somewhere between 5 to 10 years.
Whichever type of dining table you’re looking for, Watson’s carries the largest selection of home furniture to fit your décor, budget, and comfort needs.

From tables or chairs to full dining sets, we offer every style, size, and shape to fit your space. Stop into one of our nine superstore locations or call one of our design experts today to pick your perfect dining set!

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