Everyone has a place in their home where they eat. For some people it is highly informal. They eat on the couch whilst watching the TV. Others just stand in the kitchen whilst devouring their latest meal or snack. Others like to eat on the run. They graze through the kitchen, gathering as they go from the fridge and pantry and then they often head out the door whilst still munching.
Other people prefer it to be more formal. They have set areas and dining tables. In fact a lot of families have more than one table in their home for eating meals. They will have an informal meals area where breakfast and lunch can be rapidly put away. It is normally smallish and may have a wooden high chair at one setting and is built for rigorous use. Then they will often have a second more formal room where dining table and chairs are located for dinner or family gatherings. Also some families have patio dining sets for outdoor dining when the weather and the mood suits those occasions.
I for one love the idea of sitting around dining table and chairs, lingering over a meal with family and friends. Now the table does not have to be ornately carved and the chairs do not have to be expensive oak dining chairs but I do prefer a stylish and well crafted dining table set. Mainly because cheap dining sets tend to be uncomfortable. If I am going to have a memorable moment comfort is vital and inexpensive dining table chairs just do not do the job.
You see for me eating with others is never just about meal. Now do not get me wrong I enjoy fine food and superb drinks that complement the cuisine. The more the merrier, as they say! However, fine dining is always enhanced by the friendly connections that are formed over the meal. Strong relationships are the joy of life. Without them we are paupers and no amount of fine dining can change that fact. Therefore a superbly designed dining room table and chairs always add immense value to a meal, giving it a level of comfort and ambience that enhances the connection.
Personally I do not so much care if the dining room chairs are oak, leather, mahogany, cushioned marble or gold plated! I only have one question – how long will they be comfortable? The meal might be superb but if we are leaving the table in less than an hour because the seating is inadequate then the purpose of the meal is lost.
So whatever you do never cut corners on the amount you invest in dining room chairs. The amount you spend will serve to remind of the primary purpose of eating together is not the food but the meeting of minds.