I’d like to talk about how much space is needed in the kitchen or dining room for comfortable seating along with some words about style and design choices. At the Amish Oak Furniture and Mattress Co. we can build tables to the exact size you need, from small solid top (no leaves) tables, to tables that extend to twenty feet with leaves! Here are some things to consider when shopping for a new dining room set:
Table Size: The room your table will be in will of course dictate the maximum size you can allow. Normally we recommend you choose a size that’s best for every day, along with leaves to add to extend your table for additional seating when company arrives. The rule of thumb for minimum amount of space needed per person is 24”. A little extra is better, with 26” being ideal, allowing for some ‘elbow room’. So a table 42 x 60” long would be very comfortable seating for six, with two on each side and one on each end of the table. For more seating, we can build with leaves which typically add 12” per leaf. Many of our table styles are built with self-storing leaves, which our customers love because the leaves are stored right within the table!
Clearance to Wall: Allow at least 36” from the edge of the table to the wall, or other furniture, such as a sideboard or hutch. 48” is ideal.
Chairs with or without Arms?: Twenty years or more ago, most families would always include two ‘arm’ or ‘captain’s’ chairs with their table and chair order. It was just the traditional way to order chairs, with an arm chair at each end of the table. Over the years that trend has changed, with the majority of folks ordering all ‘side’, or armless chairs. Almost all of our chair styles are available with or without arms (and also as bar chairs). One reason to still consider a couple of arm chairs is if there is a member of the family that due to knee or hip problems, needs help getting out of a chair. That said, also consider the space you have in your room. Arm chairs need a little extra space to push far enough away from the table to get up and away.
Dining Furniture Styles: We offer a wide variety of styles, with many Transitional styles, but also Contemporary, Mission, Shaker, Colonial, Traditional, Live Edge and even Queen Ann styles. We’ve recently added barn floor, rough sawn, and hand planed treatments to our table tops which provide a rustic look and feel. Style choice depends on your personal preference along with the style and design of your home. Although some like contrasting styles, most want a style that will complement their home. Most folks with a historic colonial home are going to want colonial style furniture as well.
Wood and Color Choices: The trend over the last several years has been away from the old ‘honey colored oak’ to other wood species such as maple, cherry, walnut and elm, often in darker colors and grey tones. Two-toned furniture is also very popular, often with a dark, onyx colored base with contrasting top. All of our furniture also include a top coat of catalyzed finish, which repels water, alcohol and other spills. This is the same protective finish used in all high end kitchen and bath cabinets.
Selection: We have a very wide selection of pieces to choose from for your kitchen and dining needs. From our rustic whiskey barrel tables with bar stools and our whiskey barrel serving bars, our wine cabinets, sideboards, hutches and buffets, to our custom built island cabinets, bar chairs and swivel stools, you’ll find the piece and style right for your home.
Owner of Amish Oak Furniture & Mattress Co.