When selecting the dining room for your space you must first know what style you like and best flows in your home. After you have chosen contemporary, country or traditional etc. you are ready to see what shape of table and size is appropriate in your space.Most collections in stores usually have different size and shape tables and other pieces to the collection that the store does not stock or show, but that the manufacturer offers. If you find a collection that you like, ask the sales associate if there are other pieces in the collection. The sales associate may not know the answer, ask for the name of the collection and manufacturer and look it up on line so that you are not limited to what the store shows. Most stores will special order pieces that they do not show. If they won't, you are in the wrong store.
When choosing the appropriate dining table for your space, take into consideration how much room you or your guests will need getting up from the table and sitting comfortably. Besides the dimension of the table top, you need to add approximately 30 inches away from the table, between the chair and table and a wall or another case piece in your space.
If you do not want to display china or a favorite collection, don't get a china cabinet. Just get the buffet or a server and put an awesome and unique mirror or piece of wall decor over that piece.
Many collections now offer a host and hostess chair, which are to different style chairs from the side chairs to the same collection and add interest and uniqueness to your space. Don't be matchy, matchy.
Always invest in a table pad set. They usually cost no more than 200.00 and will preserve your dining table for years to come when you are entertaining.