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Ashley Furniture HomeStore

July 02, 2012 14:34 ET

Casual Dining: How to Choose Dining Tables That Stand Up to Busy Homes

Ashley Furniture HomeStore Showcases Six Less-Formal Dining Styles That Are Ready for Anything

ARCADIA, WI--(Marketwire - Jul 2, 2012) - Bigger kitchens with eat-in (or eat-near) areas are becoming grand central for family and entertaining. They're also making more casual dining furniture hotter than ever since they can bridge the needs of a formal dining room and a party-central kitchen.

"Tables and chairs sturdy enough for family dinners and homework but attractive enough for guests are especially important in homes with a single-eating area," says Kris Woodcock, VP of Merchandising. "Choosing just the right set for your home can help bridge the gap between family dinners and your entertainment needs."

But what are your options when it comes to choosing the right set? Ashley Furniture HomeStore showcases six dining furniture styles that bring form and function together:

1. A Chunky Table. There's something about a beefy-looking dining table that draws people to it. Choose one with a chunky top and legs; it reinforces the importance of a good meal and together-time with friends and family.

2. A Bench. Create a cozy and communal feeling by using a bench on one or both sides of an urban-country style table. Benches with a back are extra comfy; add pillows for the perfect place to relax between meals.

3. Pub-height Eating. A counter (36" high) or pub (42" high) table set brings a casual happy-hour ambiance to your home. It's ideal for entertaining, since guests are at the same height whether they're sitting or standing, or for projects and crafts.

4. A Server. Smaller spaces and a preference for buffet-style meals has made servers the perfect solution -- especially when they're loaded with extras, including wine and stemware storage, doors, drawers or a heat-resistant top.

5. Light & Dark. Combining dark chocolate wood finishes with light-colored fabrics is stylish and urban.

6. A Material Mix. Furniture with a mix of wood, metal, fabric, leather, stone or glass creates a look that's both casual and dressy. The look is always eclectic and unique.

To learn more about the hottest dining tables, furniture and decorating trends, or to browse the latest styles and accessories, visit

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