In any home, the dining room is one of the most populated areas. It doesn’t matter if you’re a humble family of four or someone who likes to entertain guests on a regular basis. Your dining room is where the excitement happens every morning, evening, and weekend.

Whether you are moving into a new place or you are looking to give your current dining room a makeover, you will need the furniture. But don’t just buy any piece you’re interested in.

Furnishing and decorating your dining room is a real form of art and science. It takes planning, research, calculating, and imagining. In other words, grab a measuring tape, examine the dining room area, and conjure up some ideas what you want the space to look like.

Are you up for the job? Great! Here are five furniture tips to have an immaculate dining room:

1. Reassess Your Dining Room Space

Take a step back and just assess your dining room space. Once you have a game plan in mind, then reassess the area once again. This essentially confirms what you want to do.

As previously mentioned, you will need a measuring tape, a notepad, a pencil, and a camera. You should try to sketch a particular design you desire, and then snap a photo of the current space and examine it on your computer with your spouse, friends, or interior decorator.

2. Avoid Overloading the Space with Furniture

A common mistake that many homeowners make is that they overload the dining room with furniture. This is not only uncomfortable, it also makes the tight space overcrowded and cluttered. Whenever you see dining rooms on those reality television shows, the design is simple, spacious, and sublime.

Ultimately it should come down to this: table, chairs, rug (see below), decorative trinkets, and a chandelier. Anything more than that may be overkill, depending on the space.

3. Laying Down the Rug – Or Not

A dining room rug is a hard thing to decide on.

On one hand, you want to make the area cozy and comfortable. On the other hand, you don’t want to risk stains, dirt, and clutter, which is especially worrisome if you already have carpet.

So, what’s the big idea?

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Concerned about mess? Buy an easy-to-clean cotton rug.
  • The rug should be long enough so the chairs don’t touch the edge.
  • Ensure the rug is not too loud that it overshadows everything else.

A rug can be difficult to select. With the right planning, you can make it work.

4. Host Parties? Add Extendable Table

How often do you host parties? At least once a week? How many guests do you invite over for dinner, get-togethers, and parties? At least five?

Simply put: if you often entertain people at your house, then one of the best dining room furniture pieces to acquire is an extendable table. This is a versatile addition that can add temporary space without inserting permanent clutter when the house is empty.

5. The Chandelier is the Focal Point

Lastly, and probably every homeowner’s favourite decorative installation: the chandelier.

In the end, every professional interior decorator will say that the chandelier must and should be the centre point of your dining room. This means that you should arrange your furniture based on the focal point: your chandelier.

For instance, the dining room table should be centred underneath the chandelier. This establishes continuity in this part of the home. Plus, it would look odd if the end of your table is resting immediately under the lighting fixture.

Dining room furniture is indeed expensive. But it’s a worthwhile investment, particularly if you’re planning to stay in your humble abode throughout the length of your mortgage amortization period (20 to 30 years) – and beyond. That said, you will need to put forward both the resources and the effort to ensure you have a grand looking dining room.