A Modern Buying Guide for a Dining Table and Chairs

March 14, 2022

Kemble 4 Seater Rattan Round Dining Table & Chair Set

Where do you picture yourself eating dinner on an average Tuesday evening? You’re likely not picturing yourself seated in a formal dining room.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of life, most of us don’t get to use our dining tables every day. However, a busy schedule shouldn’t take away from the importance of having a welcoming dining space.

Of all rooms in a home, the dining room holds so many special memories. It’s where we gather to entertain close friends and mark special family occasions. It deserves a special design. 

At Laura James, we’re all about striking a balance between comfort and elegance.

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Our modern dining room furniture will help you design a space fit for special occasions, yet still functional for day-to-day living. 

In this quick guide, we’ll look at dining table sets and chairs. We’ll start with smaller sets fit for two and work our way up to bigger ones that sit entire families.

Paul Extendable Dining Table With 2 Chairs


If you only have a corner nook in the kitchen, or a stretch of wall to create a spot where you’ll share meals every day, this two-seater dining set is for you. 

The smallest member of the Paul extendable collection comprises a wooden table and two stackable chairs. Clean lines, simple style, and a pure white finish give it a chic appearance. 

Its small size allows it to fit in a compact home without cluttering the space. However, the table can still be  extended to accommodate four people, should you have guests. 

Dimensions for this set are:

  • Table - 76.5 cm high by 80 cm wide by 80 cm deep
  • Chairs - 77.5 cm high by 46 cm wide by 50.5 cm deep

Like most Laura James dining room furniture, the small Paul is delivered flat packed and requires assembly. We include a comprehensive instruction manual that will help you set it up in no time.

Paul Extendable Dining Table With 4 Chairs

stylish dining chairs with wooden legs

If you have a family, but setting aside an entire room for formal dining is a luxury you can’t afford, this four-seater can be the best addition to your space. 

Perfect for daily dinners and practical for occasional larger dinner parties, this table can seat six with space leftover. The stackable chairs can be put away when not in use to maintain a chic, spacious area. 

Dimensions for the chairs in the 4-seater set are the same as the small Paul’s. However, the table comes in two sizes. Here are the specifications for the small and large variations: 

Paul Extendable Dining Table With 4 Chairs: Dimensions
Dimension Size: Small Size: Large
Height 76.5 cm 76.5 cm
Width 80 cm 118 cm
Extended width 116 cm 158 cm
Depth 80 cm 80 cm

Inge Dining Table and Chairs Set With 6 Dark Grey Chairs

Small tables and dining chairs with beech legs

Turn your small dining room into a cosy gathering space with this Scandinavian-style furniture.   

The Inge dark grey dining table and chairs are perfect if you have white walls and surfaces that need to be accented with a cool colour. It comprises a stylish, rectangular table and four chairs with solid beech legs. Both the table and chairs have a matte finish. 

This set’s simple, streamlined shapes won’t take up too much space but will still provide a functional area for you to enjoy family meals and host guests. 

Dimensions for this set are:

  • Table - 74.5 cm high by 80 cm wide by 120 cm long
  • Chairs - 79 cm high by 45 cm wide by 53 cm deep

Expert Tip: If you’re working with a small space, set this dining furniture next to a large window dressed in simple window fabrics. Doing so brings in light to make the room feel more spacious.

Glass Dining Table Set and 6 Black Chairs

sleek dining tables and chairs

This glass dining set is suitable for lovers of sleek modern spaces. It has a high gloss black finish that complements a variety of dining room designs. 

With a glass tabletop and faux leather high-back chairs, the Anya set seats six people and works for intimate dinners as well as the occasional party. While the high-back chairs offer comfortable seating, the glass top is easy to clean.

Moreover, the compact size is great for saving space without sacrificing the element of style in a modern home. 

Dimensions for this set are:

  • Table - 75 cm high by 130 cm wide by 80 cm deep
  • Chairs - 98 cm high by 42 cm wide by 52 cm deep

The Anya collection is offered in both black and white sets. Furniture colour sets the tone for any room, so think about the mood you want to create before choosing. 

Sheffield Dining Table Set 6 Seater - 2 Benches, 2 Stools

rustic dining tables

Looking for a savvy way to use square or rectangular footage? Turn your plain stretch of wall into a rustic dining area with the Sheffield dining tables and chairs. 

Each set has a medium-density fiberboard (MDF) tabletop and two benches that can seat at least six people. To maximise limited space, it has compact stools that seat one person each. The furniture’s metallic legs give an industrial-chic aesthetic while making the room feel open. 

Dimensions for this set are:

  • Table - 75 cm high by 120 cm wide by 75 cm deep
  • Bench - 45 cm high by 100 cm wide by 35 cm deep
  • Stools - 45 cm high by 40 cm wide by 35 cm deep

Browse various bench and stool combinations in the Sheffield range to suit your specific tastes.

Sheffield Dining Table Set 6 Seater - 6 Stools

rustic dining room furniture

The Sheffield set is a simple yet functional solution for small apartment spaces. With a contemporary combination of MDF tops and metal legs, this furniture is a fantastic addition to any rustic themed home. 

It has six stools that are easy to move around to make the most of your space. The tabletop is easy to wipe clean, as are the stools. 

Dimensions for this set are:

  • Table - 75 cm high by 120 cm wide by 75 cm deep
  • Stools - 45 cm high by 40 cm wide by 35 cm deep

Find Contemporary Furniture That Fits Your Budget 

furniture that compliments natural lighting in rooms

The Anya collection comprises a glass table and four faux leather chairs.

It’s a chic set, perfect for anyone looking to create an ultra-modern dining space.

furniture that compliments natural lighting in rooms

The Inge round kitchen table comprises a matted tabletop and four lightweight chairs.

It’s a Nordic-inspired set, ideal for anyone looking to create a laid-back dining space.

furniture that compliments natural lighting in rooms

The Jimmy bar table and stool set comprises a sturdy wooden tabletop and two high metallic chairs.

It has a true industrial style, making it a great fit for anyone with a combined living-dining area.

Looking for stylish dining sets to make your space inviting without breaking the bank? We have the perfect solution!

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All dining sets from Laura James include complete instructions and necessary parts. Assembling the furniture is quick and straightforward—you’ll have your space looking elegant in no time!

To get more inspiration for trendy furniture that can help you create a beautiful living space, check out our cube storage, bed, and radiator cover collections. 

Dining Room Furniture Collection: Frequently Asked Questions

What Wood Are The Tables Made Of?

We scrutinise every detail of the furniture, from the initial design to the materials used. Some of the materials used for tables in our most popular collections include:

  • Paul extendable collection - MDF tabletop, pinewood legs
  • Inge dining collection - MDF tabletop with a matte finish, pinewood legs
  • Glass table collection - Tempered high gloss glass top, powder-coated steel legs
  • Sheffield collection - MDF with veneer finish top, powder-coated steel legs

What Materials Are The Dining Chairs Made Of?

Some of the materials used for dining chairs in our most popular collections include:

  • Paul extendable collection - Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) melamine veneered, birch legs
  • Inge dining collection - Moulded polypropylene, birch legs
  • Glass table collection - Faux leather, powder-coated steel legs
  • Sheffield collection - MDF with veneer finish top, powder-coated steel legs

What Does “On or Before” Mean for Delivery?

If a product shows a “delivery on or before” date, it’s on its way to our warehouse. It will be delivered to you on or before the specified date. 

Can I Return My Order?

Yes, you can. We allow returns up to 28 days from the date of delivery. 

Simply contact us within 14 days of receiving your order, and we’ll confirm your eligibility for a refund.

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