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Christmas dinner tables in every style

Christmas is such an important time to spend with family and friends, you want everything to be just right – from your beautifully decorated Christmas tree to your fabulously festive Christmas dinner table. If you’re thinking about treating yourself and your family to a new dining set, it’s important to choose something stylish and practical that works at Christmas and all year round. Read on for our top tips to help you choose the perfect dining table… in plenty of time for Christmas.
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Start with the perfect finish…

Before you think about the size, shape and style of your dream dining table, have a think about what finish is best suited to your décor and the space you have. Ceramic, marble and concrete topped dining tables are chic and stylish but also a practical choice as they’re surprisingly easy to care for. White dining tables, cream painted dining tables and glass topped dining tables will not overwhelm smaller spaces while wooden dining tables add warmth and natural beauty and suit many styles of décor. Once you’ve decided on the finish you prefer, you can carry it across your dining room furniture – such as display units, sideboards or console tables for a chic, coordinated look.


Extend your Christmas guest list

Extendable dining tables could almost be made for Christmas. They allow you to accommodate all those extra guests, but for most of the year are a smaller, more manageable size. Some extend by just one leaf, while others transform from compact, space saving dining tables to seating ten or even more. Extending dining tables come in so many styles and shapes you’re sure to find something you love – choose a round dining table that becomes oval, a square flip top table that doubles in size or a rectangular dining table that extends in length to seat a crowd.



Traditional wooden dining sets for a timeless Christmas

If you love the classic look there are plenty of options to choose from that will never go out of style. Consider the classic rustic dining table, rectangular or round and in beautiful natural wood – the sort of dining table you could imagine the family sitting around for years to come.

Choose a style to suit your décor – from wooden dining tables with elaborate turned legs or pedestal bases to simple square legs or refectory style crossed legs. If you appreciate the mid-century modern look, an Ercol dining table with gentle curves and tapered legs could be perfect for you. A fresh painted and wood dining set in a grey, cream or taupe finish looks relaxed by day yet effortlessly elegant for entertaining, especially when dressed up for Christmas with holly and ivy.

Pair your classic dining table with upholstered or wooden dining chairs or a wooden dining bench, then finish the look with a coordinating sideboard, dresser or console table. Or add some contrast with contemporary touches such as an industrial style nest of tables. Finish your classic dining room with a touch of luxury, perhaps a silky rug, an ornate candle holder or lantern, a timeless piece of wall art or a statement ceiling light.



Contemporary dining for a chic Christmas

If your décor is modern, then a contemporary dining set is the obvious choice. Industrial style dining tables are incredibly popular, with their characterful natural wood table tops and metal legs or bases. They look fabulous with modern yet luxuriously upholstered dining chairs. Or pair them with modern faux leather dining chairs with cantilever legs – there are even smart upholstered benches and corner benches to add to the ‘wow’ factor.


High gloss dining sets and glass dining tables tick all the contemporary style boxes for fashionable dining. When it comes to accessories, less is more. Better one statement piece of wall art than lots of smaller pictures, for example. Get designer with your Christmas decorations by keeping to a simple and sophisticated colour palette – think silver and green or white and gold.



Glamorous dining sets for a dazzling Christmas

The centrepiece of any glamorous dining space is of course the show-stopping dining table. And the good news is that most of our designer dining sets are also usefully easy to care for, as they are marble, glass or ceramic topped. Even better, many of our ultra-glamorous dining tables have stylish pedestal bases, so everyone has plenty of leg room.

No glam dining set would be complete without indulgent, lavishly upholstered dining chairs. Buttoned, velvet, roll back or even tub style, it’s your chance to pamper your Christmas guests. Complete your glamorous look with equally opulent accessories such as ornate mirrors, glitzy lighting, statement vases and oversized clocks. And remember to go to town with the mistletoe and wine – it is Christmas, after all.



Extra guests… extra chairs!

One of the challenges at Christmas, and for any special occasion, is finding that all important extra seating without resorting to garden chairs, folding chairs or (heaven forbid!) wobbly stools. Now could be the time to invest in a grown-up set of dining chairs to make sure all your guests are comfy at the Christmas dinner table. On top of the usual four or six chairs for day-to-day use, it’s worth buying some extra chairs which – when not called into service – will find a second home in your hall, study, spare room or master bedroom.

We have the UK’s widest choice of dining chairs to choose from to complement all the styles of dining table. From faux leather dining chairs to classic wooden dining chairs, modern acrylic dining chairs or luxurious fully upholstered dining chairs in a huge selection of colours, you’ll be truly spoilt for choice.



Plan ahead for the perfect Christmas

So many precious memories are created around the dining table – it’s important to find something you and the whole family will appreciate this Christmas and for years to come. The big day will be here sooner than you think, so remember to order in plenty of time for Christmas dinner!

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