The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Kitchen Tables
What materials are the kitchen tables made from?
When you’re looking for a table for the kitchen, you have a number of different materials to consider. Dining tables are often made from heavy woods like oak or mahogany. These types of tables are usually part of a kitchen table set that comes with chairs. While these can be stored in the kitchen, they’re very often reserved for the dining room.
Particleboard tables are made from materials that have been pressed together. They often have some sort of covering that resembles wood and legs that you can take off. These don’t last very long in the grand scheme of things, but they’ll do when you’re just trying to put a table in the space. Modern table materials also include plastic or glass tops. These are harder to keep clean. There is also the possibility of the kitchen table set breaking, so you’ll have to consider that when you’re purchasing the table.
What is the average height of the kitchen table?
The average height for most tables for the kitchen is between 28 inches and 30 inches. Ideally, you’ll have enough space for the placement of both your knees and your elbows. Most tables are less than 40 inches wide — usually about 36 inches — at their widest points. That means that most rectangular tables will measure about 36 inches wide from one end to the other. However, oval tables will be about 36 inches at their widest point.
How can I make my table fit in my kitchen?
If you’re hoping to maximize your kitchen space, you have several options when it comes to buying a kitchen table set. First, you can always get a smaller table for the kitchen if you really have no leeway whatsoever. In city apartments, space is usually at a premium, so buying a large dining table is often out of the question. In these instances, it’s better to go with the smaller table. If, however, you just want to free up your floor space when you're not using the table, you can try tables with removable leaves or with fold-down leaves. These features allow you to change the size of the table as you need to, say for a family dinner. Once the event is over, you can take the table apart or fold the table leaves down. This shrinks the size of the table.
What are the different shapes?
Round, oval, square, and rectangular tables tend to be the norm. It is possible to purchase a special table shape, but usually, these are custom-made. For example, let’s say you ask someone to make you a table from a section of a giant redwood tree. The shape of that table will be determined by the shape of the tree and not some predetermined shape.