We spent over 30 hours researching and testing 10 different styles and brands of dinette sets and found that construction, design, and cost were the most important factors that consumers looked for when shopping for dinette sets. The Coaster Home Furnishings 3-piece Dining Set scored high above the rest in all categories and is our overall top pick. This stylish dinette set will look beautiful in any modern or contemporary home. The sleek design of this set works easily in rooms of all sizes. The cream upholstery on the two padded chairs is elegant and comfortable. The round table is made of solid wood with a deep coffee finish. This set comes with a table and two chairs.
Dinette Set Buying Guide
Before you begin shopping for a dinette set there are a few things you will want to know. We have listed these things below so you can be prepared for your shopping experience.
The dimensions of the space you want to put your new dinette set – Pay attention to other things in the room that could get in the way or that need to be accounted for such as appliances, doors, cabinets, and other furniture.
The color scheme or décor style – When choosing your dinette set pay attention to the color scheme and décor style of the room you want to put this table set in. Cabinet finishes, colors, etc. are important so you don’t choose a set that looks completely out of place. There are tons of different styles and colors for dinette sets on the market to choose from so finding a set that matches your style and preference will not be a problem.
What use do you have for the dinette? – Is this table and chair set going to be used regularly for eating? Is it for the kids? Do you want a place to have morning coffee while you read the paper on the back porch or deck? What you want to do with your dinette is very important because there are some styles that are better suited to certain “jobs” than other styles.
Set your budget – Before you start browsing through all the different table and chair sets available you should think about how much you want to spend and set your budget accordingly. Dinettes can range from a couple of hundred dollars to a couple of thousand or more depending on the materials used, the company that manufactured it and the quality of the materials used. Try and set a reasonable budget that will allow you to get a quality made dinette set that you can have for years to come.
Who will be sitting at the table? – Take the size of the people sitting at the dinette set into consideration so you choose a table that is sturdy and durable. Larger, heavier people need a dinette set they can sit at without fear of anything breaking. Check the weight restrictions of everything I have gone over. The most durable chairs tend to be made of steel but solid wood chairs can be really solid as well.
Warranties – Make sure you choose a dinette set that offers a good warranty. One of the top rated selections above has a five year warranty. Even one year is better than no warranty at all. Keep in mind that a warranty means the company stands behind its products and has no worries about offering the consumer that guarantee or reassurance. Warranties will cover you in the event that there is something wrong structurally or there are some defects that were not caught during manufacturing. Don’t forget to read your warranty and do what is needed to keep it active. Register your dinette if it requires it and that will start your warranty. There will be restrictions on what you can do with the table and still have it under warranty so make sure you know what those are.
There are many different kinds of styles of dinette sets on the market. When you go to purchase a table it is a good idea to know what type of décor style you have or prefer. We have listed the most common decorating styles below.
Contemporary – Contemporary dinette sets will usually have simple lines without a lot of frills but will usually not be as stark as modern décor can be. Black, silver, white, and natural earth tones are the most prevalent when it comes to color schemes. Contemporary styles will typically have a touch of classic style along with some of the trendy things going on to give it that contemporary flair.
Modern – This style is known for its sleek lines and almost futuristic look. Modern furniture is often seen in minimalist’s homes that prefer that super simple, sterile look. Black, silver, and white are most common but some modern furniture has super bright colors in seat cushions to offer contrast.
Traditional – Traditional styles have a lot of decorative elements and curvy designs in their look. Sometimes it can include hand carved details that give it a very formal look or can have an old world feel with wrought iron details. Dark finishes and wrought iron is often used in traditional dinette sets and can be paired with lighter colored seats.
Transitional – This blend of traditional and contemporary offers plenty of clean lines and curvy details. It is the best of both decorating styles and has gotten very popular over the years. The most popular choice for colors when it comes to transitional designs is earth tons but light hints of various colors can work well if you are careful.
Country – There is something about country décor that reminds people of the “good ole days” which is why it still remains so popular. Distressed finishes are hugely popular and offer that sense of days gone by to your home. One of the mainstays of country designs is that they are usually made of solid wood and can cost quite a bit more. They can also last a lot longer depending on the construction. Whites and creams are popular finish choices that are balanced with vibrant patches of colors on the seats and in the table settings.
Types of Chairs and Weight Limits
There are many different types of wood that can be used for dinette tables and chairs. Some are sturdier than others. Below we have listed some common wood types that are used for making dinette chairs and some information on the weight rating each type tends to have.
- Asian Wood – Max weight – less than 225 pounds
- Asian Metal – Max Weight – up to 225 pounds
- North American and UK Wood – Max weight 275 pounds
- North American and UK Metal – Max weight 325 pounds
- Commercial Grade NA and UK Wood – Max weight 325 pounds
- Commercial Grade NA and UK Metal – Max weight 400 pounds
Pedestal Table or Leg Table
There are two basic types of leg systems on a dinette set: the pedestal table and the leg table. A pedestal table has one large center leg that had a wide base and supports the table on that one huge center leg. A leg table has the traditional 4 legs and sometimes comes in 3 leg styles although they are not as sturdy. Below we’ve listed some pros and cons of each.
Pedestal – Pedestal dinette tables allow seats to be placed anywhere around the table without worry of bumping into a leg at every corner or side. A pedestal table can also have a leaf added or taken away without the aid of someone else. A few drawbacks to pedestal tables are reduced leg room and the center of gravity of the table is in the middle which can leave the table prone to tipping, especially if people press on the table as they get up.
Leg – The center of gravity of a leg table is at each corner which makes it very sturdy and secure. This is especially important if you have young children or kids that have a bad habit of pushing on the table to get up. You will not lose any leg room from a leg table due to the legs being at each corner of the table where no one would sit anyway.
Dinette tables and chairs provide a smaller place to eat for apartments with small spaces, small eat in kitchens, dorm rooms and many other places. These stylish and oftentimes really cute table and chair sets provide a way to serve guests, have a meal, work on projects and other activities from a table that doesn’t take up the entire room.
All three of the top rated dinette sets we have featured above are perfect for modern and contemporary decorating styles. They are all high quality sets made from premium materials that are designed to be durable and long lasting. If you’re not fond of the styles of the three top rated selections, take a look at some of the others in this article to see if you find anything you like.
Remember to use the information you have learned in this buying guide and determine your needs, decorating style, and available space before you go shopping. Doing this will arm you with the knowledge of what you are looking for so you don’t waste time on styles that don’t work, costs that are too high, and quality that is questionable.
The information in this buying guide will allow you to understand the different types of decorating, the weight ratings on the different materials used in making dinette sets and will also allow you to understand what you need to do to get the kind of dinette you want and how to ensure it’s a good quality one.