Consider Your Needs. Ask yourself, what do you need in furniture for the dining area? The need determines the size and function of the furniture you'll get. A wine cabinet, for example, could be purchased by because one needs a large storage for wines in the house. The size of table you'll get is determined by the number of people who would use it. Big families would need a larger table to accommodate many people, while smaller ones and maybe, bachelors would need smaller ones. Function is also a consideration. Bachelors and smaller families may consider getting a dining table that have foldable extensions that may be put away if not in use just in case there might be surprise visitors.
In every home, there are generally three major communal rooms in which people spend the majority of their time. The room where the cooking is done, the room where reading and entertainment is common, and the room where meals are eaten all see their fair share of use. Just as kitchen and dining room furniture has evolved to meet the needs of modern families, so too have dining room sets.
Consider Shape. You have several shapes from which to choose. The two most common shapes are rectangular and circular. Some people prefer a circle shape, believing that this shape facilitates better conversation. It's easier to fit more people around the table with a rectangular shape. If you add leaves to a circular table, it will become an oval. An octagonal table is another option.