Each person dreams that his kitchen is cozy and comfortable, and not only relatives, but also friends gather at a spacious table. Therefore, large kitchen tables are in high demand; they differ in shape, material, color, but any of them can become a key element of the interior, if you choose the right one.
What material to choose a large table
The material of the product plays an important role. Kitchen furniture should be of high quality, practical, environmentally friendly and designed in the same style. Dining tables are most often made of wood, glass and metal. Let’s consider each material in more detail.
Any glass furniture brings lightness and airiness to the room. A large glass tabletop can be a stylish decoration for your living room or dining room. Such products are made of laminated glass (triplex), which has high impact resistance and is not scratched. However, large glass kitchen tables require special care.
So far, metal tables in kitchens are rare, more often combined ones are used, when the base is metal, and the countertop is made of a different material. However, metal is a great option for an urban style kitchen. Dining tables are most often made of stainless steel. Their shiny, light-reflecting surface visually expands the kitchen space. Such products are well combined with kitchen appliances, objects made of glass, stone and wood.
The leaders of sales are large tables for the kitchen made of wood. The most common material is solid beech. Oak, pine and walnut are also used. However, wooden furniture in the kitchen, where there is high humidity and temperature changes, can crack, and therefore needs periodic restoration.
A more democratic substitute for wood is furniture made of chipboard and MDF. It is practical and comes in a variety of colors, making it suitable for most interiors.
Table shape selection
The choice of form depends on many factors, including interior design and personal preferences. If it is planned to mark a large number of people in the dining area, then a rectangular countertop design is more appropriate. You can solve this problem in another way — to purchase furniture with retractable elements, then its shape can be any.
The square shape of the countertop is the most familiar and convenient. Square large tables can be placed in the center, near the wall and in the corner of the room, they save kitchen space, fit into any interior. For spacious kitchens, large countertops are suitable; for a small kitchen, a rectangular or square copy with a sliding mechanism would be an excellent option.
Whereas a maximum of 4 people can fit at a standard square table, more can be accommodated at a rectangular top. It has long been the most common option for the kitchen. Even large models of rectangular dining tables can be easily placed in small spaces. They are placed against the wall, and if necessary, pushed to the center.
Large round tables require a lot of free space, so they are not suitable for a small kitchen. But they will look great in dining rooms and living rooms. They are comfortable, the absence of sharp corners guarantees safety in operation, which is important for families with small children. The most successful placement is the center of the room or the area by the window.
The oval shape of the tabletop, like the round one, brings sophistication and elegance to the interior. Large dining oval tables will decorate any dining room. Behind them, you can accommodate more guests than behind rectangular ones with the same width and length. But for a compact kitchen, a rectangular or square shape is preferable.
Large table design
Dining tables are made non-folding (monolithic) and transformable. They consist of a lid (top), underframe and transforming devices to create additional space. There are products with sliding, retractable and hinged covers and sliding and fixed underframe. These features allow you to increase the capacity up to 8 people.
Sliding tables have different shapes of tabletops: square and rectangular, round and oval. To save space, it is better to choose a square sliding kitchen table, which takes up a minimum of space, and if necessary, easily transforms into a large dining area.
For a large family, we can recommend an oval folding kitchen table: if you expand it, the tabletop area will almost double. This is the best option for those who receive many guests or like to stay in comfort.
Another type of tables — transformers. They are equipped with complex folding mechanisms that allow you to unfold in 2–3 movements. The advantages include the ability to adjust the dimensions and height.
Advantages and disadvantages
The main advantage of a large monolithic table in the kitchen is the ability to seat a sufficient number of people behind it without laying it out. However, such a kitchen table is only suitable for a large kitchen, such as, for example, in country houses.
The disadvantage of monolithic products is their price. But when buying it is better not to save. Kitchen furniture should be of high quality and beautiful.
Sliding structures have their own advantages — saving space and the ability to transform. There is only one minus — the sliding mechanism can fail.
Having made the right choice of a large dining table, you can be sure that it will last for many years and will delight both the owners of the house and their many guests all this time.