Dining tables are some of the most useful kitchen furniture. From the more common rectangular tables to elevated tables, your choices are unlimited. They are necessary, especially for big families of those who like to entertain. Check out our range of dining tables and their price below.

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5 Types of Kitchen Dining Tables You Can Get in Malaysia

Food is something we Malaysians love. In fact, much of our social lives revolve around eating. Particularly at home, food brings the whole family together. From reunion dinners to our daily home-cooked meals by mom, we can’t resist our meals. This is why a good dining table is needed in our dining room. It is one of the first pieces of furniture to go into our new homes.

Just like any other type of furniture, there are hundreds of options for dining table sets to choose from. Depending on your personal preference, you can choose a kitchen dining table set that fits well with your home. So which set should you get? Well, here are some options you can choose from.

Square & rectangular tables

The most common types of dining room table you’ll find in Malaysian homes are the square and rectangular tables, more so rectangular tables as the average family has at least 5 members. Rectangular tables are simple and functional. No fuss at all. If you are one who loves basic, simple, yet functional furniture, you should get a rectangular table. Simply think about how many people you want to fit on the table. Typically, rectangular tables come in 6-8 people capacity. When searching for dining table sets, you will usually be recommended rectangular tables.

Round tables

For those who are more traditional, you should consider round tables. As many of our ancestors used round, heavy, marble stone tables, it’s no surprise that these types are common in Asian countries. Round tables give the impression that there are no boundaries between each individual at the table.

Today, round tables come in mostly wood and glass. Occasionally, you can find round tables that are made of marble, but those will cost more than the other variants. What you need to keep in mind with a round table is that it might not match the angular shape of your dining area (which is perfect if you’re looking for an abstract look).

Space-saver tables

In this day and age, we tend to run out of space. For those who are conscious of how much space is used for dining tables, we have the option of using space-saver tables. Space-saver tables range from the foldable tables to the reclining benches that fold out of the wall. These bad boys allow you to store them away when done with eating. Many of these fold right back into the wall. Unfortunately, you may need to customise the surrounding room to accommodate the folding table.

Glass tables

You know what screams ‘classy’? Glass tables. Although highly discouraged for those who have kids, glass tables add a sense of premium quality and finesse to any dining area. The ability to see through your dining table adds a rich feel to your dining experience. You have the choice of getting the top fully glass or half wood, half glass.

Elevated tables

Elevated tables are basically tables that are suspended in the air. Usually hung with rope or wire cables, elevated tables have a design to allow you to dine without the restriction of the table’s stand blocking your feet. Inspired by abstract art and contemporary culture, elevated tables allow you to look modern while dining.

Are IKEA tables made of solid wood?

Some IKEA dining table sets are made of solid wood, specifically oak and pine. A wood dining table from IKEA is relatively cheaper than those made from 100% solid wood. This is because a dining table set from IKEA Malaysia is designed to be assembled by the buyer so some parts might not be made out of wood (they can be plastic, steel, and so on).

How much should you spend on a dining table set?

The price you pay for a dining table set depends on the material, size, and design. If you opt for a real wooden dining table that can seat more than 4 people, the price would definitely be high. On the other hand, if you choose a plastic or faux wood table, the price would still be accessible for many Malaysian households.

When it comes to purchasing a dining set, it is important to work on a budget. You would not want to set your budget to be too low and end up with a less than durable dining set that you'd have to replace in 3 months time! It would be wise to consider if it will be used heavily as well and if it will serve dual functions. If this is the case it would be better to invest in more expensive dining set as they are normally built with sturdier materials and can take a beating.

What should I look for when buying a dining table?

There are some essential points that you would need to look out for when buying a dining table.

  • Consider the material used
  • Stay away from thick veneer
  • Measure the space of your dining room
  • Decide on the perfect table shape and design for your home interior
  • Double-check the table dimensions/sizes
  • Choose expandable options to maximise space
  • Determine if the table requires to be made out of outdoor materials
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