Wednesday, 30 May 2012 3:33 PM
As the place where you sit down to eat, the dining room is worth being made a comfortable space to sit in. If you regularly host dinner parties and other social gatherings you will also want this place to be a stylish space that is the envy of all those who dine here. Choose to deck out your room with mahogany furniture and you can achieve both of these goals.
Although the wood can look great when used throughout the entire home, it is perhaps put to best effect when arranged in the dining room. Not only is it a sturdy and robust material, but you can also get a range of items that are designed to replicate the popular design trends of yesteryear and are so able to give the room a sense of period glamour. Here's a guide to some of the products available in mahogany that can help to create a chic, yet also practical, dining area.
Not only is the dining table the most essential piece of furniture in this part of the home, it's also likely to be the first thing that visitors notice when they enter the room. For these reasons alone, it pays to get something that not only creates plenty of space for you to eat but is also eye-catching.
Choosing a mahogany table that is based on period designs, such as Victorian and Chippendale styles for example, means you can give your room a real sense of finesse. Depending on what you buy, you could incorporate ornate features such as scroll feet, splayed legs and a fluted pedestal that can create a formal-looking dining room that draws heavily on traditional trends.
If you end up having more people over for dinner than you originally anticipated - something that can often happen at Christmas or when a child unexpectedly brings a friend round - an extending table can be useful. That way, you can accommodate larger parties without people needing to squash together uncomfortably when sitting down to eat.
As obvious as it sounds, you will also need chairs for your dining room. Again, mahogany chairs come in a range of designs. Many of these have a built-in cushion, a feature that ensures you are comfortable when you sit, while several come with armrests.
Of course, you can always buy your tables and chairs separately - although if you do, you should make sure their design complements each other - but if you're going to completely revamp your dining room it's worth thinking about buying them in a set. Not only will you have items that match, but you could also save money compared to the cost of purchasing them individually.
To create a truly functional and stylish dining room though, you'll need more than a table and a set of chairs. Sideboards are useful for putting shared bowls of food on - especially if space on your table is at a premium - and many of these feature cabinets that you can put dishes, glasses and other items of kitchenware in. As such furniture can also be used to store accessories like napkins, candles and tablecloths, they can free up space in your kitchen, which in turn can give you more room to cook up tasty dishes.