House Styles to Complement Solid Wood Dining Room Sets

Solid wood dining room sets create a welcoming atmosphere for your family and guests. Whether you’re eating dinner, playing board games, completing a jigsaw puzzle, or talking with a loved one over morning coffee, a dining room is a vital part of your home. Woodcraft Furniture explains various house styles that are perfect for solid wood dining room sets.

Contemporary

Contemporary homes are recently built using modern design choices. Think of open floor plans, attached dining nooks next to kitchens, neutral colors, and a patio adjacent to the kitchen for easy entertaining. Consider a solid wood dining room sets with thin legs. Put lightweight chairs around the table for smooth movement on a tiled floor. 

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Victorian

Victorian homes offer classic beauty. High roofs, formal dining rooms, hardwood floors, large front porches, and tall windows all bespeak this style from the late 1800s and early 1900s. If you’re lucky, your home has a castle-like spire! A solid wood dining room set with large, thick legs fits perfectly into a Victorian house. Consider an oak harvest table and chairs designed with custom details.

Cape Cod

Cape Cod houses represent the quintessential American home. They offer two stories with the bedrooms upstairs and the common areas downstairs. Cape Cod homes provide comfort and practicality to get through rough winter weather. You’ll probably find a hearth room or fireplace in one of these homes. Go for a cozy solid wood dining room set here. Try thick cushions on the chairs and a wide table for everyone to spread out for family dinner each night. 

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Ranch or Farmhouse

Ranch or farmhouse styles create a family atmosphere. They usually have one story, many rooms for visiting guests and family, hardwood floors, and rustic decor. You may find a large dining room next to a huge kitchen for prepping and eating large meals together. Solid wood dining room sets for a ranch or farmhouse-style home may come with benches for children’s seating along one side. Think sturdy chairs with wide seats for sitting back and relaxing during a huge meal. 

Solid Wood Dining Room Sets by Woodcraft Furniture

Woodcraft Furniture can create a solid wood dining room set to complement your home’s architectural style or interior design. Our expert craftspeople collaborate with you to design the perfect dining room. Stop by one of our showrooms or contact Woodcraft Furniture to start the process.

Furniture to Match Dining Sets

A dining room offers you and your family a place to eat, relax, talk, learn, and play. Dining room furniture can be so much more than just a table and chairs. Make your room feel complete with some additions to your table and chairs, depending on how much space you have. Woodcraft Furniture explains some of the best furniture to match dining sets.

Hutch, China Cabinet, or Cupboard

A hutch, china cabinet, or cupboard stores your dinnerware. The upper part typically has display shelves that showcase your fine plates or bowls. Doors with glass both protect your items and let you see them. The lower section has pull-out drawers for silverware, while cabinets below the drawers have room for linens, placemats, and decorations. A hutch, china cabinet, or cupboard keeps everything you need to serve meals close by in terms of dining sets.

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Buffet Table or Sideboard

A buffet table or sideboard is similar to a hutch except it has no upper storage areas. Rather than cabinets with shelves to display plates, a buffet is shorter and lets you place decorative items on top. Drawers and cabinets underneath the top level have storage for essential items. A buffet is handy in a dining set because it can go underneath a window if you don’t have a lot of space along other walls. Buffets also work well for serving meals to guests because you can put plates of food on the top surface.  

Side Chairs or Bench

Expand your seating with a couple of side chairs or a bench for your dining set. Extra chairs optimize your seating arrangement if you entertain a lot, have guests over, or utilize an expandable leaf for your dining room table. Side chairs and bench are versatile in that you can move them to another room or onto a porch or patio if you need seating somewhere else. Consider stackable side chairs if you have space concerns.  

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Baker’s Rack

Store specific items on a baker’s rack in your dining set. Traditionally, a baker’s rack held space for hot pies to allow them to cool. Think about cakes, serving bowls filled with salads, trays with appetizers, or punch bowls that go well when entertaining many people. Feel free to put decorative items or artwork on your baker’s rack when not using it for entertaining or food. A baker’s rack may have small drawers in it for storing silverware.

Wine Rack or Liquor Cabinet

A wine rack or liquor cabinet conveniently stores bottles of wine and spirits nearby. Some wine racks offer refrigeration to keep bottles at the perfect temperature. Others store wine bottles sideways to optimize the space in the rack while having space for wine glasses. Liquor cabinets serve the same function but have a more open design inside the cabinet to store varying sizes of bottles. Combine the best of both worlds in your dining set with a wine rack that has cabinets on either side for bottles of spirits. Use the top counter of a wine rack or liquor cabinet to display a serving tray, decanter, and elegant stemware.

Custom-Made Dining Sets from Woodcraft Furniture    

Talk to us at Woodcraft Furniture about custom making furniture that matches your dining set. Our master craftspeople use real wood and over 100 paints, stains, glazes, and distressing to turn your ideal piece of furniture into reality. Stop by one of our showrooms to see what we mean, or contact us to find out what we can create for you.

How to Choose the Best Seating for Your Dining Area

Even though there are a lot of dining room sets on the market, you may want something different. You may need seating to go with a table you inherited or a piece you found at a flea market. No matter the reason you’re looking for dining seating, there are many options to choose from. Woodcraft Furniture offers advice on how to choose the best dining room seating for your family.

How Will the Seating Be Used?

When you’re shopping for dining seating, the first thing to consider is how will it be used? Many dining areas are part of open floor plans or serve more purposes than just a place to eat formal meals. Table seating has also become more casual with a greater emphasis on comfort and flexibility than formality.

Benches are especially good seating options in more casual settings. Backless ones offer added convenience. Kids can easily sit together at once for a quick meal. Plus, benches can be easily tucked under a table to free up space.

Know Your Measurements

Before you buy, be sure to measure your table and get a good idea of the space available for the seating to fit under and around it.

Most dining tables stand about 30″ tall. Be sure that there is at least a foot of space between the underside of the table and the seat of the chair. Diners should have at least 24″ of table space for their seat, which equals the width of the chair plus 6″ on either side.  Remember to account for comfortable spacing, especially if you choose chairs with armrests.

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Typical Number of Diners

Think about the number of people usually served at once at your dining table. Most long rectangular or oval-shaped tables can seat six, eight, or ten people, while most square or round tables accommodate four, six, or eight diners. If your table can be extended, you may want to purchase a few extra chairs. They can act as extra seating in another room when they aren’t needed for dinner guests.

Choose Your Style

Once you have an idea of the size and number of the chairs you need, it’s time to decide on a style. You can choose between open and solid back chairs, benches with backs or backless, and counter or pub stools.

Don’t forget about comfort. Even though chairs with armrests may take up more space, they will probably be more comfortable. Select chairs that are light enough for your guests to push them in or pull them out from the table. Upholstered or cushioned backs and seats can also add to your diners’ comfort level.

When you’re considering your dining seating options, bear in mind that they don’t have to match your table or even each other. If you choose to buy mismatched chairs, just be sure they sit at roughly the same height and that they will easily fit under the table.

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Get Your New Dining Seating at Woodcraft Furniture

Let the friendly staff at Woodcraft Furniture help you select the best dining room seating for your home. We offer several styles of benches in regular table height. Our chairs and stools are available in regular height, counter height, or bar height.

Our solid wood dining chairs are built to last. We have dozens of chair styles to choose from and options like adding arms or fabric seats. You can finish out your dining room set with a classic satin finish or select a custom two-tone design. We can match finishes to existing pieces, or use matching finishes on your new table and seating purchases.

We are able to offer a wide variety of dining room furniture because we work with over a dozen regional wood shops that use domestic hardwoods to create unique woodcraft furnishings. Go online to view your choices or come by one of our locations to see what we offer.

Selecting a Dining Table

Selecting the Best Dining Table

In this fast-paced modern world, it’s nice to take some time to sit down for a family meal. It helps everyone reconnect after a hectic day. Owning a dining room table also gives you more social opportunities, such as throwing dinner parties or hosting family gatherings. Woodcraft Furniture offers advice on how to choose the perfect dining table for your family.

Criteria for Selecting a Dining Table

A dining room table can be an expensive investment, so you should take your time selecting the perfect one. Follow these key criteria to find the table that will be the best fit for your home.

Size

When choosing your dining table, you need to decide how many people your table will need to seat, plus the size of the space where you plan to locate it. You should make sure you have enough space between the table and the walls to allow people to get in and out of their seats. We’d recommend leaving at least three feet of space between your dining table and the wall. That way, diners are free to move around without feeling cramped.

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Shape

Square and rectangular tables are the most common shapes, but there are also round and oval options. Round tables usually work better in smaller spaces and can accommodate a few extra people when necessary. This is because they don’t have corners and often feature pedestal legs, so they have more usable space around the edge.

Space Saving

Some dining room tables feature leaves to extend the table to fit extra guests, and they are more compact for day-to-day use. Other tables can fold down to create more space when you’re not using them.

Material

If you want a dining table that will last through years of dinner party wear and tear, choose one made from a hardwood, such as mahogany, walnut, maple, or oak. If you don’t have the budget for a solid wood table, there’s a wide range of laminate and wood veneer options. They look like solid wood tables, but they aren’t as durable. Rather than choosing a low-cost laminate option, you might want to delay purchasing a new dining room table until you find a solid wood table that fits your needs.

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Style Choices

Dining room tables come in a wide range of styles, from traditional to modern to farmhouse options. You can choose a dining table that will fit in with your existing décor or select a simple table that will work with a range of styles.

Height

Most dining room tables are standard height, but you can also buy counter height dining tables that are designed for use with bar stools rather than regular dining chairs. Consider the height of the people who will be sitting at the table most of the time. Bar stools might not be the best choice for children or short adults.

Matching Seating

Some dining tables come as a set, complete with seating. If the table you prefer doesn’t come in a set, you might want to check if you can buy matching chairs or benches, or if you can find seating that pairs well with the style of the table. When you purchase your dining table from Woodcraft Furniture, we can match finishes to existing pieces, or use matching finishes on new table and seating purchases.

Get Your New Dining Table at Woodcraft Furniture

Once you’ve considered your options, let the friendly staff at Woodcraft Furniture help you select the best dining room table for your home. We carry a wide assortment of leg tables, pedestal tables, trestle tables, solid top tables, and extension tables with self-storing table leaf options. Our tables are available in standard, counter, or bar heights.
We are able to offer a wide variety of dining room furniture because we work with over a dozen regional wood shops that use domestic hardwoods to create unique woodcraft furnishings. You can go online to view your choices or come by one of our locations to see what we offer.

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