Buying your dining room furniture is a long term investment, therefore, it gets quite confusing especially when you’re determined to get it right for your home and there are just so many things you need to consider, the look, the style, the material, your budget, number of members in your family, the space in your dining room and what not, trust me, I totally get it. I am going to try to help you sort things out. I would suggest that you start with deciding what material you would want to get for your home, because, the overall look and feel of the furniture, its durability, its robustness and all other aspects that would make your room stand out are all subsets of the material that you pick.
There are quite many materials that you could choose your dining room furniture from, of course, each would have their pros and cons. However, if we were to narrow it down to two, wood and metal would be the clear winners, since they are the most common materials these days. They both play with their own designs and strengths, that said, I would always suggest that you also consider sustainability and environment factors before making your decision, there’s more fun in shopping when its responsible shopping. Let us discuss both wood and metal materials in a bit more detail, shall we.
It is safe to say that wooden furniture is timeless classic, it gives us a vintage feel, but that said, it is well known that wood furniture is sturdy, easy to repair, robust, durable, and looks very appealing. These days, modern furniture designers have turned the tables around and have created such trendy furniture that give a modern feel, hence, if you are not a fan of the vintage look, you do not have to hold back from wood furniture anymore.
The type of wood that you pick, say for example, Sheesham, Mango, and Rose will vary in its strength and weight, what I would suggest is, that if you are not on a tight budget, you should splurge a bit and pick a better quality of wood. The better the quality of wood, the more the longevity of the furniture.
Solid wood furniture typically would be the most expensive type of furniture, since it natural material, it does expand and contract with heat, humidity, and colder temperatures causing unevenness, another thing to consider here would be, that solid wood does wear with time, and if you use the furniture regularly, you sure will start seeing signs of wear and tear soon, even with finishing and regular treatments.
There is an option you can consider if the wood- look appeals to you more than metal-look, they are called veneers, which is an alternative to solid wood. It is comparatively less expensive, and more durable than solid wood, so long as it’s labelled with a good core interior and a uniform finish.
Metal would sure add a new age look to your dining room. There is a plethora of metal types that are used to design sturdy and durable furniture; however, they are mostly used for table bases than table tops. Stainless steel table top looks wonderful, but is a very rare find.
Metal offers great resistance to unfavourable weather and humidity, are super durable, and cost efficient. If you are shopping on a budget, this should be your pick. No wonder that wooden furniture seems a bit more charming as compare to metal, but nowadays you can find very well styled metal furniture.
If you can’t pick between these two, you can always mix-and-match, after all, it’s your space, don’t limit yourself by the options of conformity. Mixing metals and wood, when done tastefully and consistently, is a modern design trend that you can consider, with wooden tables, metal accents, metal dining chairs, wood dining chairs, you sure can cook up a combination to fit your aesthetics.
Finalise the material you think suits you best, once you’ve done that, you’d have already narrowed down your options quite much, rest should be easy for you to decide from, like the color, shape, capacity, quality of the furniture etc. I would recommend you see the furniture in the showroom first to see how it feels to use it and what the quality is like. Then, you can look for offers both online and offline, do also check the product reviews before you buy your furniture. All the best! Happy furniture shopping to you.