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Whether you use it for informal family meals or entertaining your friends and neighbors for special occasions, the dining room can really set the tone for your home. Even if it's actually just part of a larger great room (or a studio apartment) it's important to find the pieces that look nice and fill the space properly.
Ahead we've rounded up the ten best places to buy dining room furniture, from budget sets at Ikea or Amazon to major statement-making tables and chairs from ABC Carpet & Home or West Elm.
Sophisticated, regal, classic. Those are just a few of the adjectives that could describe the dining room furniture options from Frontgate. We love how their furniture telegraphs the feeling of being in the home of a tasteful, elegant adult. (Whether you feel like you are one or not is another story, but you can fake it!)
If you struggle with how to make Ikea furniture look, well, like it's maybe not from Ikea, try a mix-and-match approach. Instead of buying a complete dining set, try pairing a table with two different styles of chairs, or even add a bench or stools. Saving money doesn't have to mean ending up with a cookie-cutter dining room.
Lately we just can't seem to get enough of the home decor offerings from Target's in-house brands like Opalhouse and Project 62. As with Ikea, you can make affordable pieces look more expensive by mixing and matching from different collections of tables and chairs. We love how this round dining table looks paired with faux leather chairs that have a Mid Century Modern vibe.
One of the (many, many) reasons we love shopping for dining room furniture at West Elm is that while, yes, you can find classic and somewhat basic pieces to create a foundation for your design aesthetic—you can also find truly special statement pieces. This pedestal dining table will draw all eyes in the room, we love the metal base, and how it looks paired with soft pink velvet chairs. West Elm offers a variety of shipping options, including white glove service.
Lulu and Georgia
We like that Lulu and Georgia has such a specific point of view when it comes to home decor. Their pieces are sophisticated and soft, modern with some playful elements. You might know them best for their rugs, but all of their furniture and decor options are perfect for anyone looking to create a style-focused home. Their pricing runs the gamut, but large dining tables start at about $800 and up and they have optional white-glove service available for shipping for large pieces.
We love CB2's modern and sophisticated take on home decor, and often rely on their selection of affordable glassware and smaller objects to update our homes. But where they really shine is with big, investment-worthy furniture pieces like dining room tables and chairs. You can find a variety of styles from farmhouse wood to playful metal honeycomb pedestal tables (like the above), and plenty of options in between. CB2 allows you to coordinate your specific delivery date and time, and you can have furniture brought into your home as well.
We love to shop for home goods from Article because sometimes it's nice not to have a ton of options. Article's selection of home decor pieces comes from a specific viewpoint, which is mostly a Mid Century Modern look, with a few fun accent pieces as well. If you're looking for an unfussy, modern look for your dining room furniture, this is a great option, and they do offer white glove delivery for large pieces that require assembly.
More than with some other sites, we'd encourage you to use your imagination when shopping from Birch Lane for dining room furniture. Their digital renderings and photos often don't do their pieces justice. However, they have tons of traditional, classic and modern dining sets, so with the right setting—including unique lighting, a rug and pace settings, you can make any of their somewhat cookie-cutter stagings feel unique.
ABC Carpet & Home
In New York City, ABC Carpet & Home is a destination. The multi-level store is full to the brim with some of the most beautiful and unique home decor finds, sourced from around the world. Lucky for us, you can shop many of their highly curated selections online, including chic dining room tables, chairs, console tables and more.
If you shop smart, you can absolutely find a dependable, high-quality dining set from Amazon. Use the available reviews as well as the "Amazon's Choice" badges to guide your search, and note that many of the furniture pieces you can buy will allow you to opt into an "expert assembly" option for a small additional fee. Otherwise, Amazon is much like Ikea and Target, and larger items will require some assembly at home.