When buying dining room furniture, the first thing you will want to buy is the dining set. This is the focal point of your dining room, so make sure you choose the most flattering one for your home. Dining room sets range from formal to casual, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be square, rectangular, round, oval, hexagonal, octagonal and triangular. If you are looking for something very casual, go with a counter height dining table. A counter height gathering table is taller than a traditional dining table, but shorter than a bar table. When buying a dining table on its own, make sure your table will have enough room to accommodate every chair comfortably. Know the dimensions of your table and every dining room chair. There should be at least 2” between each dining chair, and even that is more on the tight side. If you plan on having guests over, you may want to look into a dining room table with leaves. Table leaves are available in many forms: butterfly leaves, drop leaves, removable leaves, self-storing leaves and concentric leaves. Each type of leaf is best accommodated for different kinds of table shapes and sizes, as well as room sizes. Know the dimensions of your table when fully extended with leaves, and make sure that your dining area will have more than enough room. Adding a curio cabinet is a great way to store and display fine dinnerware. Curio cabinets are available in all kinds of styles, including antique, traditional and modern. If you have a small dining room, corner curios are designed to fit perfectly in the corner while taking up a minimal amount of space. If you have a big collection of fine china, you can opt for a large china cabinet with underneath storage to display your nicest pieces. After choosing your dining room furniture, think about how you want to accent your table. Table cloths and table runners will instantly add style while protecting your dining table. You can also buy placemats, and rotate them based on occasion or season. Table cloths, table runners and placemats are available in many colors and patterns that will customize to your specific style, and bring your entire dining area together. You also may want to invest in a table protection pad to ensure your new wood dining room table won’t get scratched.