Traditionally dining room sets were composed of a large rectangular table surrounded by chairs. The two chairs at either head had arms while the chairs along the sides were armless. The furniture is almost always made of wood and prior to the 19th century unique to each home. While custom pieces are still available today they can be prohibitively expensive. Here is a look at some of the more common styles of tables and chairs that are available today.
Second-Hand. If buying new dining room sets does not appeal to your taste there are many wonderful options available in the classifieds or at vintage stores. A bruised and battered table and chair collection can be revived with some sandpaper and a few coats of lacquer. Or if you prefer the more rustic look you can leave the scratches and nicks on the piece.
Consider Your Needs. Ask yourself what do you need in furniture for the dining area? The need determines the size and function of the furniture you'll get. A wine cabinet for example could be purchased by because one needs a large storage for wines in the house. The size of table you'll get is determined by the number of people who would use it. Big families would need a larger table to accommodate many people while smaller ones and maybe bachelors would need smaller ones. Function is also a consideration. Bachelors and smaller families may consider getting a dining table that have foldable extensions that may be put away if not in use just in case there might be surprise visitors.