A long dining table I find very nice standing in the dining room, you have of course a lot of space so it can by no means always, unfortunately. To a long dining table can make you so much more than food, making the table the centerpiece of your home. And you can workout with chairs, lamps and decoration.
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How wonderful is it to place to have for eight, ten or even more persons? That you can work at the table, the kids can tinker, and that you can just leave it at dinner time because there are still plenty of seating at the table? Seems to me a bit. Create one set of by the table to surround with the same chairs, or go for playful with different chairs (place sat!) and lamps. A long dining table can be made by two ordinary tables to slide against each other (also useful when a party), but the most beautiful are the custom made tables.