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How to Choose a Dining Table (with Your Senses)

It’s funny to think how a table’s surface can impact your dining experience – or even the taste of your food – but the mind works in weird and wonderful ways and when you consider everything that a table surface brings to the … ah … table … it’s easy to see how much it matters. Consider your dining table in terms of food and your senses and note: <strong>Smell</strong> You probably don’t think of a table as having a smell, but they all do and it can often be a byproduct of the material or by what is required to clean it. For example, natural wood tables can give off a pleasant woody smell particular to the wood type, but can also carry the scent of the varnish, polish or cleaner you’re partial to using – which is often determined by said surface. This in turn can merge (or conflict) with the smell of your food, which may or may not be a good thing. <strong>Touch  </strong> Wood dining tables are popular because they have a soft, warm feel to them that can enhance the dining experience. More contemporary materials like stone and glass are also popular, but it’s likely that the preference for them is driven by their sleek looks rather than their cold, hard feel. But, how exactly does the feel of a table influence the taste of food? Well, the short story is that it’s a matter of comfortableness. People tend to enjoy their food more when they’re relaxed and the feel of a table contributes to the experience. <strong>Sight</strong> The same can be said for how a table looks. It’s hard to say <em>why</em> we prefer some styles over others; perhaps it’s a remnant of childhood, or a sense of familiarity with a certain thing. All we know is that it does matter, and the less distracting a table is the more the focus remains on the food and the company. That’s not to say a table shouldn’t or can’t be eye-catching, but good dining area design emphasizes the eating ritual rather than the trappings that accommodate it. <strong>Sound</strong> While certainly the least of those senses affected, sound can still be a factor in dining table selection. Consider the sound a fork makes when it’s dropped on a glass tabletop versus a wooden one. Loud clattering noises can disrupt a dining experience as much as anything else and the table surface plays a part in that, too. We hope looking at your dining table from a more sensory-driven point of view helps you consider the finer nuances of furniture selection.
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