Last week in Ways With antiques, we visited the kitchen for ways to use your lovely antiques. This week, let’s just move along into the dining room. I do so love antique dining tables, and I must say that round ones are my favorite. They are more intimate and promote conversation with people other than those just to your left or right.
A center pedestal makes it much easier for chairs (and legs!) to fit more comfortably around the table.
I am not such a fan of antique dining chairs. It seems that old chairs are so difficult to keep in good repair and new upholstered chairs are a lot more comfortable and offer a chance to introduce beautiful fabric to a room that doesn’t have so many places for it, other than the window treatments. New chairs are much stronger and sturdier. I tend to use lovely antique chairs for accent chairs, such as on either side of a hall table or console.
One of my favorite things to do with a dining room is to have it also serve as a library! And a round table is most always perfect for such a multipurpose area. If you live in a small home or an apartment, this is wonderful use of space. With a beautiful antique table you have ample surface to spread out books. Then you have both a “collected dining room” as well as a “collected library”!