Functional Considerations. The way you use this furniture will determine what you need. For example, if you like to have large family gatherings, but your immediate family is small, you will need to have a table that will expand with extra leaves to accommodate guests. An additional option could be a circular drop-leaf table that expands out for more people and folds down for smaller groups. If you like the intimacy of a round surface for small gatherings around a meal, choose a circular design.
Second-Hand. If buying new dining room sets does not appeal to your taste, there are many wonderful options available in the classifieds, or at vintage stores. A bruised and battered table and chair collection can be revived with some sandpaper and a few coats of lacquer. Or if you prefer the more rustic look, you can leave the scratches and nicks on the piece.
Style Features. Styles vary depending on the manufacturer. For example, you might choose a trestle table when creating a country look in your home. These dining room sets are often constructed out of reclaimed wood to give them a rustic and primitive appearance. Benches may line this type of furniture for informal seating. More traditional options include wood with a rich and glossy finish and ornate carvings on the legs. For dining room sets with modern appeal, consider metals and glass for both legs and tops.