How To Choose Dining Room Furniture

Your dining room is the backdrop to many social events , from family meals where you talk about your day to elegant dinner parties with friends. Knowing how to choose dining room furniture that is stylish and comfortable enhances those events and makes every meal memorable.


Regardless of the size and shape of your dining room, the dining table is usually the focal point, so spend time considering how you want to use the space. Do you entertain often?


Do you prefer having a buffet for serving over family-style meals with serving platters and bowls you can pass around the table? Do you like round tables or is your space better suited for something more square? The table should be large enough to comfortably seat your family with space for a few favorite extras.



For a large room, choose a rectangular table with a width of at least 36" and at least 2' of length per diner along the table to allow plenty of room for place settings and serving platters. Leave clearance of at least 42" between the table and the walls or any furniture around the edges of the room, and consider benches as a space-saving alternative to traditional chairs. 


Round tables are great for making even large spaces feel intimate and cozy. You can easily adjust the table settings to squeeze in a few extras and it still feels small enough that you can keep everyone in on the conversation. If you’re pressed for space and host guests often, choose a pedestal table so there is plenty of room for everyone’s legs. You can fit everyone at the table with a few extra stools borrowed from the rest of the house. 


Pendant Light

To keep the dining room feeling cozy and inclusive, position the table in the center, and introduce a low-hanging pendant light or chandelier directly overhead to create a fun  focal point. Comfortable upholstered chairs encourage diners to linger after the meal as they talk, share a few drinks or play a hand of cards. If you are concerned a square table may not be large enough for bigger gatherings, choose one with a removable leaf so you have the option to expand to a rectangular table to meet the requirements of your party.


If space permits, introduce some storage solutions to your dining room, such as a buffet or cabinet. You’ll have extra space to lay out all the fixings buffet-style and a convenient space to store you favorite serving trays, platters, bowls and table linens so you have everything you need for a party close at hand. 



Whether you are planning dinner dates with your partner or family meals with the kids, look for  furniture makes you happy. More than any style trend, remember that your dining room will be the space you share many memorable meals with the ones you love most so choose something you really love and will enjoy using every day.



  • Emma, 20-Piece Soup Bowl Set, White

    Emma, 20-Piece Soup Bowl Set, White

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      Beautiful for entertaining yet casual enough for everyday use, our Emma Beaded Dinnerware will grace your table in many ways. Beaded edge detail evokes the look of an antique set. Round out your set with other matching pieces from the collection. DETAILS YOU’LL APPRECIATE Created by Barbara Eigen, a well-known designer of unique handmade ceramics. Glazed by hand for an artisan touch. White beaded dinnerware comes in complete sets and piece sets, with matching platters and accessories to round out your table. KEY PRODUCT POINTS Food, dishwasher and microwave-safe. Made in Portugal. SET INFORMATION 20-piece set includes 4 dinner plates, 4 salad plates, 4 cereal or soup bowls, 4 cups and 4 saucers. Dimensions & Care DIMENSIONS Dinner Plate: 11.25" diameter, 1.5" high Salad Plate: 9" diameter, 1.5" high Soup Bowl: 9.75" diameter Cereal Bowl: 6" diameter, 3.5" high Cereal Bowl Capacity: 20 fluid ounces Mug: 5.25" x 4" x , 3.75" high Mug Capacity: 10 fluid ounces CARE AND MAINTENANCE Food, dishwasher and microwave-safe. While dishes are microwave-safe, they may become hot. Handle carefully. Our Quality Commitment Our Commitment We have a firm commitment to quality. We take great pride in our timeless designs, premium materials and expert craftsmanship. The Hand of the Artist Nearly all of our products are imagined and designed in our San Francisco studios. Our artists hand-create prototypes for everything from seasonal dinnerware to patchwork quilts to lighting. Free Interior Design Services Need design help? We offer free, no-strings-attached Interior Design Services. Get advice and inspiration from our specialists in-store, over the phone or by email. Designers will even make in-home visits, where they can take measurements, discuss color options, and give tips on any room.
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  • Case Oversized Pendant, Bronze & Antique Copper finish

    Case Oversized Pendant, Bronze & Antique Copper finish

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      The copper-topped lanterns found at French markets were the inspiration for our handsome Case Pendant. Its domed top is artfully finished to replicate the warm patina of real copper. DETAILS YOU’LL APPRECIATE Crafted of iron with glass panels. Hand finished in Antique Copper and Black. Ideal ceiling height for the chandelier is 8’. KEY PRODUCT POINTS Damp UL-listed for use indoors or in a protected outdoor area. Hardwire; professional installation recommended. Dimensions & Care Details Overall: 15" wide x 17.5" deep x 27.5" high Hanging Height: 32-104" (approximately 8.5') Canopy: 6'' diameter, 1'' high Chain: 6' long Adjustable chain allows chandelier to be hung in rooms with up to 12' ceiling height. Cord: 10' long Bulb (3): 40 watts, type B (not included) Weight: 17.5 pounds Care Wipe clean using a soft, dry cloth. Avoid using harsh chemicals and abrasives as they may damage the finish. Do not exceed specified wattage. Shipping & Return Info ____________________________SHIPPING UPS can deliver most in-stock items within 4-5 business days. Next Day Delivery and Processing We can arrange for next day delivery to most destinations within the contiguous 48 states, for an extra charge of $17.50 per address. If we receive your order by 6pm PT Monday through Friday, you'll receive your order the next business day; orders placed on Friday after 6pm PT through Sunday will arrive on Tuesday. Note: Next Day Delivery service is not available for some oversized items, White Glove Delivery, out of stock items, personalized items or for items shipped directly from the manufacturer. Surcharges Select oversized items have an additional delivery and processing surcharge; this charge is listed below the item price. View the complete Shipping and Delivery Information page. HASSLE-FREE RETURNS We take great pride in the quality and craftsmanship of each and every Pottery Barn product and we hope you love your purchase. If for any reason you do not, you have 30 days - or 7 days for all Quick Ship upholstery items - to return your purchase for a full refund or exchange. You can return most non-furniture items to your local Pottery Barn store - FREE. Exceptions Delivery fees are non-refundable and prior purchases are not eligible for a price adjustment. The following items are non-eligible for returns or exchanges: Monogrammed items Mattresses Gift cards Special-order items (including made-to-order upholstery and custom order rugs) Final Sale items (identified by a price ending in $.X7 or $.X9) Items damaged through normal wear and tear. Questions? See our full Returns Policy.
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