Dining tables come in a variety of shapes, designs and sizes. No matter what they look like they all serve the same function. The prices also vary enormously so it is worth taking the time to consider what table is the best option for your home. The first thing to do is measure for the new table. Small rooms will need a smaller size table and you want to make sure there is enough room around the table for access and for the chairs. Wood is the most popular choice and dark woods look better in larger rooms as they look heavier and more solid. Glass or mirrored tables create a lighter feel and are very good for smaller rooms as they reflect light so they can make the room look bigger than it really is.
If you intend using the table for every day use then look for a more robust design that will stand a bit of abuse. If you have guests round then you may need a table with extensions to create a larger area. These extensions are located under the table and can be flipped out when needed. Argos have a wide range of these designs at very low prices, but all good furniture stores should have a good selection. Once you have decided on the material and the size you should think about the aftercare and maintenance. If the wood is finished with a lacquer or wax finish then you only need to dust over it with a soft cloth to keep it clean.
Spray polishes are not ideal for some kinds of wood as they can contain silicones that damage the wood over time. Always use place mats when eating food to protect the wood underneath. Try to get mats that have felt on the bottom so as not to scratch the table surface. You can buy place mats from argos uk or any home ware shop on the high street. If you spill anything try to wipe it away as soon as possible. Liquids and heat can both cause long lasting damage. Avoid putting tables next to heat sources such as radiators as the heat can warp the wood over time. Turn the table around if it is in direct sunlight, as this can cause the wood to mellow and change colour.