Chairs shouldn't be rickety or wobble. In the event the chair has a padded seat, the corners should be reinforced with screwed-in (not glued) corner blocks. Padded seats should be removable so that the cover can be changed. Fabric covered chairs may not be appealing if you have small children who are messy eaters. Leather is a great option for quick cleanup, as is stain resistant microfiber upholstery. Slip covers on Parson's chairs are another easily cleaned option for the dining room.
No matter what shape you select for a table, you should allow at least three feet between the table edge and an obstruction just like a server or wall. This gives sufficient space for folks to move throughout the table, and in and out from their seats. Alternatively, more than six feet remaining between one wall or obstruction and the table means that the set is too small.
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