Post # 1
My husband and I have just started furnishing some of the empty rooms in our house and the biggest one that we are working on right now is the dining room. It is a huge dining room- 15.5 X 13.5 and I would like to put in a table that can seat at least 10, if not 12. I went shopping this weekend to look at tables with my mom and prices were all over the place. Of course the table I fell in love with was $5,000 not including chairs. I also found one that I liked for about $2,500 then about $250 a chair for 10 chairs. That seems more reasonable, but I am just not sure how much is too much. I would also like to buy a china cabinet.
So my question is- how much do you think is reasonable and/or how much did you spend on your own table and chairs? If you have info on sizing of table, number of chairs, and material that it is made out of, that would be great too! Also, what’s reasonable for a china cabinet? Thanks for the help, feeling a little overwhelmed!
Post # 3
We got our table for I THINK around 1600 for an extension table and 4 chairs, then another 250-300 for the two arm chairs. We paid 500 or so for our “buffet” which is basically the lower half of a full hutch so it has nice drawers for everything and two glass doors.
overall I know our total was almost 3k and we ended up with the buffet, extending table, 4 chairs, 2 arm chairs, and a protection plan (stupid to buy let me warn you). I am pretty sure it’s cherry wood but I can’t be 100%
Post # 4
For sure buying Furniture can be overwhelming…
Like Clothing there are lots of options available… and price points.
You can go formal, informal, casual… depending on your style… and everything from fine hardwoods (Cherry, Mahogany, Walnut) down to softwoods (like Pine)
Generally speaking the better the quality / craftmanship the more you are going to pay.
Also when it comes to Tables the bigger they are (can seat) and leaves involved, then that too is going to drive up the price…
And the better quality sets are going to also charge you for each chair (vs “a set”)
The upside tho is this is something that should last you are really really long time, so buy what you LOVE (truly love) and think classic & timeless, and then it will be more an “investment” and you won’t be so bothered by the high price / initial outlay
Example… I was married the first time over 30 years ago, the DR Set (Table & Leaf & 6 Chairs) is still going strong… one of the kids has it now. Mr TTR he has a walnut set that would not qualify as an “antique” in that it has been in his family for 2 generations, and it is still going strong too (about 60 years)
Stuff to consider.
Post # 5
There is no one answer. It depends on your budget and financial resources.
You can get a great table from Craigslist, or a whole matchy matchy suite for $20,000.
We bought a rosewood table with extensions for $800 and added Ikea acrylic chairs when we recently renovated, but we like a modern eclectic look.
Post # 6
@MsJ2theZ: Thanks that helps!
@This Time Round: Thank you! Yes, I am leaning more towards buying something I love that will last forever. However, I do want to look around a lot more before I just shell out $5,000 for just the table. Hopefully I will fall in love with something more reasonable!
Post # 7
@julies1949: Thanks. I don’t have many constraints in terms of budget or resources. However, I still don’t want to spend an unreasonable amount and make sure I am paying a fair price. I try to spend my money practically, but when it comes to the house, I am not always super practical!
Post # 8
@julies1949: I didn’t read your whole post before I responded. I am also thinking about spending more on the table, then going a little more budget on the chairs, something like IKEA, because I can always change those out over the years if I want to update the look.
Post # 9
Glad to help…
Maybe you could tell us more about the type of table you are looking for / at, in regards to styling (or show us a pic)
Post # 10
And for fun, here is the table that I love!
Post # 11
@This Time Round: I was uploading as you typed that! I must have read your mind. 🙂 Picture above.
Post # 12
I bought ours second hand (like a craigslist type deal)… it seats 6 at most with 4 chairs and a bench and we paid $150 for the table and chairs and $20 for the bench…. its kind of a country table with the white spindles and butcher block looking top… it really is not my favorite but i got it 5 years ago to have a little something in my first apartment and we just have never upgraded…
If we were to upgrade I would expect to spend $5,000 on the table, chairs and china hutch with delivery… and it would be a nice sturdy hardwood table of the same size you mentioned…
It’s hard to say what YOU should pay without knowing the quality you’re looking for… you could easily spend 20k at a store like Ethan Allen… or $1,000 at ikea…
If you go to a bigger store I would recommend waiting for a sale… and perhaps even going in a month early to sign up for fliers to be delivered to your house so you might get a coupon…
Post # 13
That is a GORGEOUS table! I’m sure its uniqueness is part of why it is so expensive!
Do you have/are you planning on having young children at home?
If you don’t/aren’t, I say go for it, especially if you frequently host!
Post # 14
I’m looking for an antique table for my house right now on Craigslist. I think you could find a similar table from Ikea. They have more modern stuff. IMHO $5000 is too much for just a table.
Post # 15
GORGEOUS Table !!
Ya you are going to pay BIG BUCKS for that sort of table because it is quality, and/or design (cannot find out specifics on this piece).
BUT if it is quality or uniqueness… IMO soooo worth it, you won’t regret this purchase (as long as it is your style… and you learn what you need to do to take care of it over the long term)
I do like this table a lot, and you have lots of options in regards to adding / mixing & matching chairs with it. You can go cheaper now in that regard, and upgrade them later on. As shown in the photo Parsons Chairs would be a timeless classic.
Agree with the other Bee who mentioned watching for a Sale… Furniture has a cycle… Best prices of the year tends to run in the months / weeks leading up to Christmas when most people are doing some home decorating and getting their houses ready for Guests & Entertaining.
There are other times of years as well…
The key thing is if you can at all DON’T PAY FULL PRICE… as furniture like some other very large consumer goods have a HUGE Mark Up (Cars, Jewellery, Applicances) and a lot of Furniture is sold by Clerks on Commission, hence the pressure tactics !!
Hope this helps,
Post # 16
If you spend money on quality it will last a lifetime. Personally, we are picking up one really quality piece at a time. When we were very young, my parents spent a ton of money on Ethan Allen bedroom sets and the dining room. My mom still uses all those pieces to this day. My nephew has my old bedroom set, 40 years later.
5k isn’t a horrible price for a good piece as long as you can see yourself with that same table 20 years from now. And that’s a beautiful table.