If you're on the hunt for a dining table, we have just the tips for you, courtesy of Lisa Broad, Head of Buying at Harveys...
1. What will you use it for?
With the kitchen being increasingly viewed as the heart of the home, a table will have many uses. This means the style of the table changes dramatically based on what it needs to be used for - for instance, it could be where you eat with the family, have an intimate dinner, play board games or even a desk if you're working from home. Opting for an extendable dining table could be the solution - you can make it the size you need to suit the occasion.
2. Think about the shape
Before deciding on the table for you, consider the shape and size of the room. You also need to consider exactly how many people will be sitting there, so you can be sure there will be enough leg room and whether it will be practical for your needs.
A rectangular table is more traditional and versatile - with a large surface area, it can fit neatly into corners if needs be.
In comparison, round or oval tables could be a better option for smaller spaces, taking up less room as a result.
3. The material of the table
When it comes to choosing the right material for your dining table, it will depend on the style and trend you want to capture. Gloss units and coloured glass on splash backs are becoming increasingly popular, so it's important you choose the right material that will complement your kitchen design.
A marble table will work well with a granite and stone worktop, whilst glass top tables will be well suited to tiled walls in the kitchen.
Wood is a versatile table material, strong and hard-wearing. It also works in many different styles and is a good choice if you're after a more traditional look.
Glass is a more contemporary style, and ideal for smaller spaces. As it's clear, it means the eye will move through it rather than acting as a 'barrier' in the room.