The choice of the right table is essential to create an atmosphere of harmony for any home, but a laid back farmhouse style house requires a special table. Remember that a farmhouse table will become the focal point of a room and that everything will need to revolve around it. It is important that the table makes a statement and invokes a sense and function and beauty. It should have a classic quality that says it has been around for years or at least will be. We can offer some practical advice and a complete gallery to inspire you.



1. What are you using the table for?

Will your farmhouse table be a kitchen work table, occasional dining table or grand entry table? Will it be a multipurpose table where you will work from time to time, do crafts, have family dinners and entertain? In most cases you will need a durable surface and the correct height for the tasks at hand. Another factor to consider is how many people you will need to seat. Are your dinner parties for two or twenty? How much space do you have for it?

2. Choose the appropriate material for your farmhouse table

Choose the material of the farmhouse table based on its intended use. If this is your main dining table for all of your meals, you will want to choose a resistant and easy maintenance material.  Rustic wood table tops such as live edge and rough hewn tables add rustic elegance but are harder to clean. Glass is generally too formal for a farm house table, but metal tops such as stainless steel or copper can give an industrial feel. Oak, maple and other hardwoods are more durable than pine, birch and poplar. Wood stained tables are easier to maintain than painted finishes, which tend to scuff. You can also opt for a stained or metal top and painted legs and apron.

If there are children in the household, and it is used daily, dings, scratches and discoloration are to be expected and add to the allure and charm of the table. Vintage or reclaimed wood tables enjoy a patina which can be enjoyed for generations without having to worry about adding additional distressing. If you are going to use your table more sporadically, you can opt for a more delicate material, but in general, a distressed farmhouse table is beautiful in its own right, history and all.  Reclaimed or upcycled materials can also add a feeling of age to a new table.


3. How big should my table be?

Allow 18”to 24”per person for comfortable seating. With a bench or smaller chairs for children, this can be adjusted slightly. ? This will influence the size of the table. For a table of 6 people, you would need a table about 5’ long and 30” wide, knowing that the average height of a table is 29” to 30”.  For four people the table should be about 48”, leaving at least 28” to the surroundings. Allow adequate space around the table to move around. If you are using the table as a kitchen island, make sure you allow at least 3 ½’ around each side of the table. For a large hallway table allow 4’ on each side for a walkway.

4. Choose the shape of the table

  • Rectangular tables: Generally a farm house table is a large rectangle. Having more space between diners allows for less intimacy, but also usually allows for more comfort and space. If you have less space, you can also enjoy a long narrow table.
  • Square tables: Square tables are best suited for small spaces. An ideal size is about 60” although extensions may be available to double their capacity.
  • Extendable tables: Virtually all styles of tables can be extended and are perfect if your space is not very large. You only have to confirm that you have the necessary space to open them and to have a minimum of space around them.

5. How do you accessorize your table?

It is advantageous to define the area where the table is as a separate space. Use a large rug, paintings, a plant in some corner, etc. to define the space. Large rectangular light fixtures work well with farmhouse tables as well as several pendant lamps. Runners placed across the short side of the table can break up long spaces. This will insure that guests do not feel they are sitting in a void. The dining area should have a sense of stability and create a pleasant atmosphere. Chairs run the gamut from industrial metal chairs, x-back wood chairs, rattan or more traditional designs.

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