Along with affordability and a timeless style, stability and construction are important to look for when inspecting tables at furniture stores. Think about how it feels to sit at one of those tables, whether it will be comfortable for long periods, and examine floor models for signs of wear. Look for nicks and scratches that may indicate how the tables would endure through serious use at home.
If you want to be more flexible with your guests, pay attention to the leg width and where the legs are placed. In general, a table with thinner legs, or where the legs are at the corners, will make it easier to squeeze an extra chair in.
To visualize how a bigger piece of furniture will look, take the time to block out the length and width on the floor, and also the height of the table. I usually stand on my tape corners with a tape measure, then try to fill in that space with furniture of a similar size, and take a step back to see how it’ll feel. It also helps to have a friend stand there with the tape measure while you have a look.
Glass dining tables are tough, too. Today’s versions are made with tempered safety glass, which means the glass resists scratches and heat and won’t shatter if knocked.