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What is a Custom Dining Table?
A custom dining table is a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture handmade to suit a customer’s specific requirements.
Unlike most dining tables made in bulk and assembled in factories, these bespoke tables are designed and built by skilled craftsmen.
From the size and shape to the finish used, there are endless possibilities to create a unique dining table that will take centre stage in family gatherings and dinner parties.
Benefits of purchasing a Custom Dining Table
Whether you have a small or large dining area, a custom-made table can be made to fit seamlessly, ensuring space is maximised to avoid awkward gaps or overcrowding, which is common with factory made tables.
You also have the freedom to choose the exact materials and design details that align with your style and complement your home’s overall decor.
With a custom design, you work directly with a skilled furniture maker like Home Made Home, who will prioritise attention to detail, giving you the highest quality finish that will stand the test of time.
Types and Shapes
Rectangular Tables: The rectangular shape allows for more seating at bigger gatherings and is ideal for narrow spaces where optimising every bit of space is a priority. The elongated shape means people sit across from one another, which allows for better communication and interaction.
Square Tables: Square-shaped tables provide an intimate feel for cozy dinners with family and friends and are also commonly used in large square rooms. They typically seat fewer people, but the design shape means those seated are evenly spaced with no one stuck on the end.
Round Tables: Round tables promote equal participation and encourage conversation. There’s no hierarchy, like with rectangle and square tables, and their rounded shape allows them to fit into corners easily, making them an excellent choice for optimising room layouts.
Extendable tables: Extendable dining tables are a fantastic solution for those who desire a dynamic use of space in their dining area. An extension piece or leaf can easily be extended to cater to larger gatherings and then quickly reduced back in length for everyday use.
Designing from Scratch
Creating a custom dining table requires careful planning, and one of the best ways for the designer and owner to get on the same page and eliminate miscommunication is by using design sketching and rendering software.
Whether a sleek and modern design or a rustic farmhouse style, the software allows designers to provide a digital or hand-drawn image for customers to see how the table will look before starting the design.
Once there is a clear design direction and an agreed prototype with confirmed sizes, shapes and styles, it is time to experiment with materials. The software allows you to interact with the design, change materials, and make necessary adjustments or improvements.
Exploring different textures, colours, and finishes brings a truly personalised and unique dining table to life.
The final step is agreeing to the sketch, specifications and price with the designer, who will provide a timeframe and usually ask for a deposit before commencing.
How Long Does It Take To Make?
Depending on the materials used and the overall size, the time it takes to build a bespoke dining table can vary greatly. A smaller to midsized timber table can take anywhere from 18 to 40 hours to finish, spread over two to three weeks or more.
This allows for the materials to be sourced, the various stages of the construction, lifting and maneuvering, the glue to cure, meticulous sanding and polishing and the protective finish coats to dry.
Usually made in the workshop, an expert furniture maker is diligent with the finish and spends countless hours polishing and touching up before releasing the finished product, so any timeframes are usually given as a guide.
In an era where furniture has become mass-produced, a custom-made dining room table is a throwback to the days of true craftsmanship.
With the ability to visualise the design up front, select materials, and make changes, the level of customisation ensures the dining table is one of a kind anywhere.
Custom-made to fit specific spaces and aesthetic preferences, these tables are not just functional items but works of art, each with its own story and character.
More than just a piece of furniture, a custom-made dining table reflects quality, style, and personal expression.