A dining table is a centrepiece like no other piece of furniture

A dining table is the place where family and friends gather for celebration dinners, linger over long lunches, and chat through sociable brunches.

A dining table is going to see you through years of great memories and it is worth finding one that fits your home, your lifestyle, and your space. So here are some tips from Neptune on finding the dining table that is perfect for you.

Round tables are very sociable and easy-going plus they can be great space savers. A circular table can also fit a surprising amount of people around it when needed because there are no sharp corners in the way.

One with a pedestal base will give you more leg room. Thanks to Neptune's clever designers their round Henley and Sheldrake tables also come in extending versions to create extra room in a curvaceous oval shape.

If space is at a premium, the two-seater version of Neptune's Malvern table is an eminently sensible, fuss-free option. It will not dominate a small space but still has a refined shape that is a pleasure to see as you lay it for dinner.

The classic rectangle is the most celebrated shape for a dining table and it looks just as good in a country design as a contemporary one.

If you like to entertain, or if your family has flown the nest but still return home for Sunday dinner, then it is worth considering investing in an extendable table. In this way your favourite table can be made compact or grow as required so your guests won't feel confined.

As for materials, a solid timber table will stand the test of time and there's something rather lovely about dining on a natural wood. And when it comes to pulling up a chair Neptune's Suffolk chairs or their Shaker-inspired Wardley make ideal dining table companions.

So if you believe that the dining table and the chairs that surround it are some of the most important pieces of furniture in your home, go and find the one that is your perfect match.

See www.neptune.com for Irish stockists.

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