Before you buy

Dining room buying guide

Dining room furniture buying guide

Your dining room is more than just a place to eat. It’s a place to spend time as a family, host dinner parties with friends and make memories, and choosing the right dining room furniture is an important part of this.

To make the process as easy as possible, we’ve put together a handy buying guide to answer all of your questions, like: What size dining table should you choose? Should you choose marble topped, oak wood, glass or high gloss? Should you go for a fixed-top or extending dining table? Should you opt for additional storage in your dining room? The list is endless, but our buying guide provides you with all of the practical advice you need.

In our easy-to-use guide we’ll cover the basics, from choosing the right sized furniture for your space and the best material to suit your lifestyle, to extras such as additional chairs and padded seat cushions. Along with this useful advice, our guide covers all you need to know about paying for your new furniture and how to spread the cost of your purchase with our interest free finance offers. Finally, we’ll walk you through the delivery process, including Saturday delivery and delivery to the Isle of Man and Isle of White.

Finding your perfect fit

Before deciding on the different types of furniture you want, start by measuring your dining room. Space is often the biggest restriction when it comes to purchasing dining furniture, and having this information before you start shopping is essential. No one wants to find the perfect dining table and chairs only to find they won’t fit in their dining room!

When measuring, it’s best to think about your dining table in relation to the layout of your room. Measure the spot where your table will go, not forgetting to take into account the amount of room people will need to sit comfortably and move around with ease. If you’re planning on purchasing additional dining room furniture, such as a sideboard, make sure to include this within your measurements.

Taking measurements for your new dining furniture doesn’t stop at the room where it will be living; there are also other factors to take into consideration to make the delivery process run smoothly. Take note of the height and width of any doorways, hallways or staircases that your furniture will have to fit through when it’s delivered, and let us know of any access issues our delivery team may have to face. If you live in a top floor flat, have narrow entrances or spiral staircases, let us know in plenty of time before delivery so that our teams can arrive prepared.

 

When you view any furniture on our website, you’ll find a breakdown of all the dimensions you’ll need. Make sure to measure up your new furniture to ensure the one you love will fit into your home.

Choosing the right dining table for your lifestyle

Once you’ve measured the space for your new dining furniture, it’s time to decide which type of furniture is best for your home. At ScS, we offer a wide range of marble topped, oak wood, glass and high gloss dining room furniture, including dining tables or table and chair sets.

Along with a wide range of materials to choose from, we offer a variety of extending dining tables and a variety of seating choices, such as high backed chairs and benches. Extending tables and benches are perfect for larger families or times when you’ve got guests visiting for dinner – you can’t under estimate how often additional seating will come in handy!

 

If you’re thinking about purchasing an extending dining table, make sure you account for the extra space required in your dining room when it’s fully extended.

When browsing our wide range of dining room furniture, there are various factors to take into consideration before making your selection. For example, how frequently will it be used? Do you have any small children? And, perhaps most importantly, what will your new dining room furniture be used for the most – as a dining table, a place for your kids to do their homework or as a make shift office space?

Marble topped and high gloss furniture is perfect for busy family homes that are prone to a lot of spillages. Both materials are easy to clean, so simple spills can be wiped clean before they stain. These durable materials are available in a range of colours including black and white, and are often suited to modern décor.

If you’re looking for a table that is highly adaptable to changing styles and décor, our wood ranges are ideal. Due to the simple designs of these tables, they will work with whatever style you choose – modern or traditional. Our solid oak extending dining tables and sideboards are stylish and practical, making them perfect for modern living.

Similarly, glass tables are highly adaptable and their easy to clean design ensures they stay looking great. These features make them great for busy homes, although you may want to look at an alternative if you have young children who have a tendency to leave finger prints on glass surfaces.

 

Remember to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when cleaning and treating your new dining table.

Dining chairs

Many of our dining tables are available as part of a set, with four and six seater options available. However, if you would like to purchase your dining table and chairs separately, or buy additional seating, we’ve got you covered.

Much like choosing your dining table, it’s important to find the right chairs to match your lifestyle and your décor. With a wide range of dining chairs to choose from, including benches, upholstered fabric chairs, upholstered faux leather chairs, chrome and metal legged chairs and solid oak chairs, we’re confident you’ll find the perfect option for your home.

Storage solutions

Once you’ve selected your dining table and chairs, it’s time to think about additional storage. At ScS, we offer a wide range of sideboards in a range of materials, colours and sizes, giving you a stylish piece of furniture to help keep your home clutter free. Most of our dining ranges feature complimentary furniture pieces such as sideboards and bookcases, to allow you to add the finishing touches to your space.

Paying for your dining room furniture

We offer up to 4 years free credit, 0% APR representative on all purchases over £250, allowing you to pay for your new furniture in affordable monthly payments that suit you.

To find out more about our finance offer, read our Pay Monthly terms and conditions.

 

When selecting your storage solution, make sure you carefully measure its depth to ensure you have enough room to walk unopposed around your dining room.