Let's Eat!


Never mind artisanal ingredients and complicated recipes. Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, today’s dining is more about bringing people together than showing off culinary skills. Here are our top three tips for creating a homey, family-friendly dining area sure to whet your appetite.

1. THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH SEATING AND FLEXIBILITY YOU NEED. How many people are there every day, and how often do you need to squeeze more in for special occasions? If those occasions are frequent, look for furniture that can flex. That means tables with extension leaves and benches that can serve extra duty elsewhere until needed. If you don’t often have a crowd, you might prefer a smaller table or even a bistro table.

2. THINK ABOUT HOW YOU ENTERTAIN. Are you a family-style pass-the-plate type or a buffet serve-yourself type? If buffet is your style, consider adding a sidebar for serving and a hutch for storage.

3. THINK ABOUT YOUR STYLE. If you’re a minimalist, look for sets that lean toward the mid-century modern look with sleek clean lines. If your vibe is farmhouse, look for weathered patinas, big chunky legs or an X-base. If you’re a traditionalist, consider a round table for easy conversation (bonus: they fit nicely in smaller rooms).

Add a unique look and plenty of function to your dining area with this counter height dining set with storage base to stow your wine, linens, silverware and more. Constructed in poplar solids with birch and oak veneers, this 6 piece set includes 42” X 72” table that expands to 90”, 4 counter stools and a counter bench.

The multi-color top of black, brown and gray and the craftsmanship on this set leans midcentury modern, but totally fits today’s lifestyle with family-friendly performance fabric. The 6 piece dining set includes a 38” X 60” leg table, 4 upholstered side chairs and an upholstered bench.

A distinctive design statement, the table’s waterfall leg, flat cut oak grain, and unique chair design are spot on for today’s aesthetic. Constructed of hardwood solids with oak veneers, this 7 piece set includes 39” X 78.7” leg table and 6 upholstered side chairs. Also stocked with a 94.5” table as a 9 piece
set with 8 chairs.

For more dining room ideas, visit your local Cardi's Furniture & Mattresses