Creating Your Perfect Dining Room

Posted on 01 November 2018

Last month, Louis Dawson, head of our Upholstery and Living & Dining departments, gave us his top tips on how to choose the perfect sofa for your home. This month, he will be moving his focus from the lounge to the dining room as he provides us with his helpful advice on how to create your perfect dining room!


'What look are you trying to create, and is it suitable for your room? Are you more inspired by clean and simple lines or by the traditional look?'

'Look at the details of the products you see; quite simply, the more detail, the more traditional the furniture's style tends to be! Wood colour follows this rule of thumb too; most light timbers get the nod in a modern setting, with deep stains finding favour in older homes, such as country cottages.'


'How many people do you need to accommodate? Think about how many people tend to visit your house for dinner parties, and how many more might want to visit if your dining room looks even nicer!'

'It's a well-known fact that people will entertain more if they have a stylish, up-to-date dining area! Remember, tables can be fixed but extending dining tables offer you that extra space that you may well need to accommodate those who'll be queuing up for a seat at your new dining table!'


'How much space should I allow around the table? We would always suggest that a minimum of two feet (60cm) is added to each side of the table to allow for the occupied chairs and the host trying to tend to them.'


'Chairs need to look beautiful but also feel comfortable too. If you're one to enjoy an extra glass or two whilst putting the world to rights after dinner, you'll be needing to try out your dining chairs before you buy to make sure that it'll offer you the comfort you need. Sprung bases make a big difference, so make sure you check out the specs!'

If you were thinking of updating your dining area to accommodate your guests for Christmas Lunch, make sure you pop into Barretts of Woodbridge to speak to Louis or another of our dining furniture experts to ensure that you find the right furniture for you. And with up to 40% off across our range of living & dining furniture, there's never been a better time to buy!

Barretts of Woodbridge's Autumn Furniture & Dining Sale ends on the 24th November 2018. Visit us in-store to browse our range of reduced sofas, chairs and living and dining furniture by trusted and popular brands such as Alstons, Westbridge, Corndell and Ludwik!

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