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Dining sets buying guide

Gathering family or friends together for a meal at home is one of the simple pleasures of life. A dining table set from Furniture Choice can help you create the perfect environment for your meal, whether for everyday use or special occasions.

Our Buyers’ Guide to Dining Sets will steer you through the key considerations when choosing your dining table and chairs. While comfort and space are important – no one wants an elbow in the ribs every time their neighbour lifts their cutlery – you’ll also want to think about how your new dining set will fit in with the colour scheme and style of your home décor.

Here’s some food for thought to help you choose your dining set. For more information on dining chairs, check out our Buyers’ Guide for Dining Chairs.

Please take your time to read our step-by-step guide where all will be explained.

1. Measure for measure

The first step is to measure your available space and decide on the size and shape of table. Remember to factor in additional space for an extending dining table. All of the dimensions of our dining sets are clearly marked on our website, but if you’re unsure, call us on 0800 035 0070 and we’ll talk you through the details.

2. Shaping up

Whether you plump for a rectangular, oval or round dining table will partly be a matter of taste, but you’ll also need to look at how the table fits in the available space and how many people will fit around it. For example, an x-braced rectangular table will comfortably seat four, a round table with three legs would be ideally suited to seat six people evenly spaced, and a round dining table with a central leg will allow a range of different seating options.

3. Light and dark

Our dining sets come in a variety of dark and light wood with different grains and stained or gloss finishes. A glass table top can make a room seem more spacious, whereas a solid oak dining table or an Indian sheesham dining table with dark leather chairs will be more of a statement piece and won’t look lost in a larger space. A dining table with a white gloss finish, paired with chrome and faux white leather chairs will suit a chic, ultra-modern home.

4. Take the chair

The number of dining chairs you need will depend on the size of your household and how often you entertain. You may want to order extra chairs if you are buying an extending dining table or need spares for visitors.

Choose a chair colour that will match or complement your colour scheme, or mix and match colours. Our dining sets range from traditional to contemporary to ultra-modern, in wood, leather, faux leather and chrome. There’s also a choice between slatted wooden backed chairs and padded leather or faux leather with a variety of support.

Have a good look through the options on our website, read our dining chair buying guide and call us on 0800 035 0070 if you have any questions that are not addressed here.

5. Practically speaking

Most of our dining sets only need simple home assembly; our hardwood is ethically sourced from managed plantations and our dining chairs are British Standards tested for strength and stability.

6. Any questions?

If you have any questions, please read our dining set FAQs page or our normal FAQs page.

You could also visit our Inspiration and advice page where we have all our other helpful articles, hints and tips and much more.


Our main concern is that you are happy with your new dining set from Furniture Choice: after all, a happy customer will be a returning customer who’ll recommend us to friends and family.

Our Frequently Asked Questions should cover the majority of your queries; otherwise you can always call our expert team on Freephone 0800 035 0070, Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat & Sun 10am-4pm.