Small kitchen tables and chairs are a necessity in any small space, particularly in the UK where space is at a premium. Often these types of furnishing are actually an extension of the larger table they are replacing and so are designed to fit alongside. This allows for additional storage options as well as being able to sit at the table. Here is some advice on finding the perfect small kitchen table and 2 chairs.
Shop around. You need to shop around both online and offline for your small kitchen table and 2 chairs. Get a feel for what you want before you visit showrooms. If you want to buy your chairs online, then take the time to compare prices, read reviews and find the best deals. Keep a close eye on sales, as there may be offers available at a great price but only if you’re ready to commit to the shipping fees.
Go local. Look in local stores such as furniture stores, craft stores and second hand shop. These are often the ideal places to find quality chairs at a reasonable price. You also get a personal connection with the person selling the chairs, unlike ordering online which can be impersonal and can take days to receive the item.
Measure. If you’re buying small kitchen table and chairs then you need to know how much space you have. Remember that you don’t always have to buy chairs that are the same size as the table. If you can’t squeeze them into the space you have, then don’t bother. For example, you may not be able to squeeze in a chair or stools in between the cooker and sink. Take this into account and consider whether it would be more practical to buy chairs or stools that are slightly bigger.
Consider double checking. When you’re purchasing a small kitchen table and chairs ensure that the chairs you purchase will fit snuggly without feeling too tight. If you’re measuring with a tape measure and the chairs don’t fit snuggly you are at risk of damaging the chairs. This can lead to frustration as well as confusion.
Measure again. It’s important to measure not only the space you have but also where the chairs will go when they are put into place. Many stores sell folding chairs that you can take home with you. Just be sure to note the measurements so that you can order the right sizes.
Check your budget. If you’re buying small kitchen table and chairs for a special occasion, consider what the cost likely to be. This is particularly important if you’re buying chairs for more than one person. Don’t assume that two people will fit perfectly and purchase two chairs if only one will fit. Also keep in mind that folding chairs can be quite expensive.
Do some research. Whether you are planning to buy your chairs online or from a store, it’s important to know what style and material you want them made from. You’ll want your table and chairs to look like they were part of a particular culture. This means researching the materials used in the furniture of the time. You might be surprised that certain woods were favored by the people of the time and these should be the materials you use when you create your tables and chairs.
Think about size. Small tables and chairs are great and it can be fun to mix and match. However, if you do decide to buy a small kitchen table and chairs, make sure that the table is going to fit into the space available in your kitchen. There is nothing worse than having a beautiful table and chairs that will never be used because they don’t fit.
Take a look at options. You should not limit your search to local small kitchen table and chairs merchants. A quick Internet search should turn up plenty of options. Consider looking online at specialty shops, second hand stores, craft stores or consignment stores. Chances are you will find chairs or tables that are still in good shape but priced much lower than what you would pay at a retail store. If you plan on re-selling your furniture or adding it to your own collection, consider buying your chairs from an online auction site or by placing a bid on an item on an online auction site.
Remember that your tables and chairs must fit well with the other items you already have. If you have a large kitchen and need to replace many small tables and chairs, you can save yourself a lot of money by simply swapping out large tables for larger ones. You will also have to take into consideration how much floor space you have available. Larger pieces will require more floor space so if your cabinets or storage cabinets are large enough, you can add them as well to expand your seating area.