While many homes have formal dining areas, in many cases those areas go unused, except for holidays and formal occasions. Otherwise the hassle of dragging out the tablecloth, silverware, all the condiments and extras is too much of a hassle. Not to mention you then have to take every portion of the meal from the kitchen into the dining room and back again, threatening on each trip to see something spill into the carpet and leave a permanent stain. While you expect that kind of stress for holiday meals, who needs that all the time? The dining room, it seems, is often inconveniently set away from the kitchen, and in our hurried, hectic lives, there just is not the time to deal with it. Enter kitchen tables.
Traditionally, square or rectangular tables have been the choice for American homes when it comes to having a dining space in the kitchen. The common belief is that it makes a better use of the space. The truth lies somewhere in between. While the same size square table can offer more table space than round kitchen tables, the tradeoff, at least in some homes with more challenging space, is less room to maneuver around it. With round kitchen tables, you get the added advantage of the softer lines of the table, allowing everyone to spread out a bit more, particularly with a pedestal model. Because there are no hard edges, a round table will not only give you more elbow room, but allow your guests to get in and out of their chairs more easily, especially if space is a little tight. There are ways you can increase the efficiency of your round kitchen tables even more. For example you can always choose to go with a smaller table that has leaves that can be added whenever you need a little extra space for dining. This is a great solution if you want to keep your kitchen area looking uncluttered. You can also go with round kitchen tables that have folding sides. When not needed, the leaves can be folded down, creating a square table. When guests arrive, simply lift and lock the folding sides in place, either two or all four.
Size One of the most important factors in purchasing a kitchen table is the amount of room you have to work with. Everyone wants a spacious kitchen, but all that space becomes much smaller the moment you set a table in it. It is very important to measure the amount of space you have for a kitchen table. Set boundaries for yourself and make sure that the size of the tables you are considering does not exceed those limitations. Remember, if you purchase a table that is too large, you will lose all of that spaciousness your kitchen currently has