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Host with the Most: Finding the Ideal Dining Solutions

By ercol on 17 June 2019

Originals plank table

Longer days, warmer evenings and a jam-packed calendar can mean that Summer is just around the corner. For most of us, that means it’s time to get out the barbecue, spruce up your garden and start planning those summer get-togethers.

Originals plank table

But it’s not just about outdoor dining and garden furniture. The unpredictable British weather means that most gatherings can often slowly drift inside the house. With Wimbledon, the Cricket World Cup, Tour de France, British Grand Prix and The Open – not to mention plenty of football – there’s also the chance your guests may simply want to stay indoors.

With that in mind, it’s important that your home is ready to host your family and friends – both inside and out.

Choosing the right table

While it can be difficult to get everyone together in the colder months, summer parties often go the other way. Before you know it, your garden is full of your nearest and dearest with conversation flowing and great food & drink being served. Is your home prepared to welcome your guests?

The first point of interest is the table. Whether you’re all sitting down at the table or laying out a buffet, it’s important to have enough space for all your delicious food and even unexpected guests. Not all homes can fit a large table in as they may take up too much space in your kitchen or living area the rest of the year.

Extending tables

Windsor table

The Windsor Large Extending Table offers the best of both worlds. The compact dining table can sit 6 people when closed. However, the table also features three extension leaves, to effectively double it in size. Simply extend the ends of the table and slide in the extension leaves to seat up to 10 people comfortably.

Add one, two or three extension leaves to make your table the perfect size, depending on how many guests you’re entertaining. When not in use, the leaves are stored discreetly within the table.

Teramo dining collection

If you’re looking for something smaller, the Teramo Small Extending Dining Table is beautifully compact with similar extending functionality. When closed, the circular table sits up to four people with a modern, understated design. Extending the table with an easy-to-use butterfly mechanism allows you to comfortably accommodate six people, perfect for those unexpected summer guests.

Take a seat

While extending tables offer impressive versatility, it can also be tricky finding enough seats to put around the table. Time to invest in the right seats for your guests…

If you’re looking for something different, the Romana Cantilevered Dining Chair provides ultimate comfort. With a bent steel frame, the chair has an inherent spring, aided by a plush cushion in a selection of leathers and fabrics. It’s the ideal seat for guests who want to relax and chat around the table after eating.

Romana cantilevered dining chair

Is storage a problem when you’re not entertaining? Opt for stackable chairs, which can be compactly stacked and stored away when not required. Our Originals Stacking Chair combines style and efficiency, with a outward facing tapered legs for easy stacking. Stack and store several chairs, so you’re never short of a comfy, stylish seat for your friends or family.

Originals stacking chair and Capena dining table

Is your home summer-ready?

At ercol, we want to make it easy to get your home ready for the summer. Whether you’ve got your friends round for Wimbledon or you’re just cooking up a feast for the extended family, our furniture combines style, function and versatility to make sure you’re always prepared. Most important of all, we make sure you’ll always have a home you’re proud of when guests come to visit.

Find the perfect dining furniture for your home in the latest ercol catalogue, available online or by post.

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