When my family moved into our home just a couple of months ago, we decided to do the packing ourselves and leave the heavy lifting up to professional movers. Having moved six times on Oahu in the last 11 years, we have finally figured out that this is the process that works best for us. We have never had a problem — until now.

While I like to do my research and carefully choose movers, the ones we opted for this time just happened to be the only ones available.


We learned our lesson. Not only did the move take several more hours than we had planned, but they also lost a screw to our daughter’s crib and broke our dining table in the process. The table was an inexpensive Craigslist find that we planned to replace anyway, but this really sped up our plans to do so.

After many days and nights searching for the perfect table, I finally found one that met our needs.

If you are in the market for a dining table of your own, consider some of these things first:


Use measuring tape to figure out just how big or small you need to go. Then, while you are browsing for tables, write down sizes that you think would fit. Tape off the dimensions when you get home so that you can better visualize how the table will fit in your space.


Keep in mind that you will want to keep some room around the table for chairs and for walking.

The general rule of thumb is to keep an extra 3 feet around the perimeter for this. If you host occasional get-togethers, consider extendable tables that allow you to increase the size when you need it.


Going round, oval, square or rectangle will depend on your needs. Round and oval tables allow you to take advantage of the whole perimeter by taking away corners. This can be a great space saver. However, if you have the space, a rectangular table can allow you to fit more on the tabletop. Plus, it will give you more of the traditional head-of-the-table feel.


Take a look at your home, and try to find a table that complements the space. More often than not, your table should not dominate your decor. Instead of opting for a table that will overwhelm the space visually, opt for one that will allow your other, bolder pieces like area rugs or art, to shine.

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