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Dining Room Furniture Buying Tips

When measuring your room for fit, allow a minimum 36 inches around the table to have people seated and be able to walk around. For example: if your dining room is 9-1/2 feet x 12 feet then the largest table you can comfortably fit is 42 inches wide x 72 inches long. (If you want a hutch, then you will have to shorten the dimension of the table by the depth of the hutch for whichever wall you place it on.)

Standard Table & Seating Heights
Table Height Seating Height
Dining 30″ 18″ Chairs
Gathering* 36″ 24″ Counter Stools
Pub 42″ 30″ Bar Stools
*same height as standard kitchen countertops

Formal dining tables, if they have any leaves, will be removable and casual, gathering, and pub tables will usulally have self-storing leaves. (also known as “butterfly” leaves)

Most dining tops are built with MDF or other fiberboard/plywood for a flatter, more stable construction. (MDF being the superior choice) This is then covered with a real wood veneer. MDF additionally helps to prevent splits along the grain of the table top which is more common with solid wood construction. Solid wood table-tops are also subject to twisting and cupping of the individual boards needed to make the large surface. Very few tables are still made with all solid wood for this reason. “Butcher Block” style table tops which have the boards set on end and sandwiched together are an exception to this problem.

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Bedroom Furniture Buying Tips

Measure bedroom size including window and door placement. (also measure height from floor of windows)

If trying to match other furniture, bring in a small piece of the item (like a door or drawer, all of which are removable) or also, the original receipt of the piece you are trying to match.

Only pieces labeled as “solid wood” are truly solid. “Real wood” or “all wood” labeled pieces, as well as any piece which is listed as having veneers, can have fiberboard. The more decoration and intricate detail on a piece, the greater chance of the item containing fiberboard and/or resin. (intricate carvings are usually made of resin on lower price range items)

Beds are usually sold by “size name” based on the nominal size mattress they hold. The actual bed size will be larger in both dimensions and varies with construction.

WideHead to Toe

Common American Mattress Sizes For Beds
Twin 39″ 74″
Twin Extra Long (XL) 39″ 80″
Full 54″ 74″
Full Extra Long (XL) 54″ 80″
Queen 60″ 80″
(Eastern) King 78″ 80″
California King* 72″ 84″
*not available in Louisiana

When looking for Full size beds, consider Queen models also. The difference is a Queen is only 3″ wider on each side of the bed. There are only a handful of beds in Full size. Most beds are available in Queen with Full attachments. The actual bed is the same width Full or Queen, but the Full size is 6″ shorter head to toe. If the bed is a complete Headboard, Footboard, & Rails package, the Full size rails will be shorter than the Queen rails.

Furniture pieces vary widely in both size and construction, though most accessory pieces such as dressers, chests, and night stands tend to average about 18″ in depth from the wall.