Dining Room Furniture

Dining Room Furniture Buying Guide

Wine and dine in style with our dining sets from a cosy meal for 2, to extending tables for family gatherings up to 8 people.

Formal and casual dining

Formal dining

Formal dining room furniture makes a powerful statement, creates a rich ambience and adds sophistication to dinner parties and special occasions, especially if you have a separate dining room.

Casual dining

If your tastes are less formal, choose more relaxed styles. If you plan to dine in a conservatory then glass dining room furniture are perfect to make the most of light and space.

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Dinner for 2 or even 8

Dinner for 2 or even 8

Extending dining tables require minimal storage space and can be easily adjusted to cater for extra guests.

Look out for dining tables with butterfly leaf extensions. These have a folded section stored in the middle of the table, that lets you extend a table for four into a table for 6 or even 8.

Our Butterfly Table is a real space-saver - you can store which lets you store all four chairs inside and fold the two sides down - and it's just 16 ins wide.

Most of our wooden dining room sets are either have a veneer or wood-effect finish top, but the table legs and chairs are in solid wood.

Safety first: All our glass has passed the British Safety Standards BS6202 and is tempered so that it's much stronger glas.

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Dining room chairs

Our dining room chairs are all hand finished by expert craftsmen, so you can be sure that you will be wonderfully comfortable, whether you are having a quick meal for two or a large dinner party long into the night.

Our dining room chairs can be upholstered in a variety of fabrics:

  • Chenille

    - A luxurious and wonderfully soft to the touch fabric that adds a cosy feel to any room.

  • Cotton

    - Natural cotton is a soft-touch option with a superb depth of colour and detail.

  • Faux Leather

    - Both affordable and ethical - it gives you the luxurious look of leather for a fraction of the cost - and without using animal products.

  • Faux Suede

    - It looks and feels just like real suede, but only the price tells you that it isn't. And it's free from animal products.

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Quality

Whether you choose easy-assembly or ready assembled, we only offer you quality furniture using quality materials that are built to last.

Solid wood furniture

The most luxurious of all our furniture. It shows the natural beauty of wood with its grain, knots and variations of colour that can change over time, to give your furniture its unique characteristics and look. Dining chairs are almost always made from solid wood for extra strength.

Wood veneer furniture

They look similar to solid wood, but cost a fraction of the price. They use thin layers of real wood to create more decorative finishes.

Wood-effect finish furniture

This material has all the look of solid or veneer wood but for a fraction of the cost of the real thing. Some wood-effect finishes also have an embossed grain-effect that feel like real furniture too.

Wood-effect furniture has some advantages over real wood too: it's easy to wipe clean, the colour and appearance is more even and it's stain-, scratch- and warp-resistant so it's especially ideal for younger families. A wood-effect finish is a heavyweight foil or paper veneer, which is fixed to MDF or particle board.

Melamine

This is wood-effect furniture which is specially coated to be extra durable and scratch-resistant.

Hi gloss furniture

This high sheen finish creates looks that are totally cool and contemporary or totally luxurious.

Glass furniture

Glass can brighten up any room by creating a sense of space, openness and light. It's also colour neutral as you can use it with any pattern or colour no matter how many times you change your decor.

Safety first: All our glass has passed the British Safety Standards BS6202 and is tempered so that it's much stronger glass.

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Measure up - make sure that it will fit

So it always makes sense to measure your space first. To visualise the size, it is a good idea to lay out newspaper to the size of your furniture so you can see how much room it takes up.

Don't forget to allow for extra room for the chairs or any extension leaves that may be built into the table.

All our furniture is measured in centimetres. In order to assist you with your measurements, please refer to our conversion chart:

1 inch = 2.54 centimetres 1 centimetre = 0.394 inches
1 foot = 30.5 centimetres 1 metre = 39.4 inches
1 foot = 0.305 metres 1 metre = 3.28 feet

You should also consider any awkward angles or narrow hallways and stairwells etc that need to be negotiated - especially for ready assembled furniture.

Should you envisage any delivery problems regarding access to your home, please mention these when placing your order. e.g. You live in a block of flats and the only access for large goods is via the buildings goods lift at the rear of the building.

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Keeping your furniture looking its best

Cleaning & polishing

Wax polished or hard lacquered furniture should just be dusted with a soft dry cloth.

Waxed furniture should be given a coat of beeswax a couple of times a year to keep its natural shine and lustre.

Spray polishes are convenient but always read the label: avoid those with silicones as these can build up over time and spoil the natural beauty of your furniture.

Glass should be cleaned with a glass cleaner.

Acylic should be cleaned with soapy water, but don't use anything abrasive.

Seeing the light

Natural light will mellow the colour of wood or wood veneer furniture over time. So until the wood colour has fully matured, any extension leaves in a table should be fully extended and display items like a vase or bowl should be regularly moved.

Avoiding the heat

Wood is a natural product, so whilst it can cope with most temperatures, it is best to avoid having radiators, fires or other sources of heat next to your furniture.

A lack of moisture or humidity caused by central heating or air conditioning can cause solid wood to warp.

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