As the size of our living spaces decreases, dining rooms often no longer exist and dining areas don’t operate as just places to eat. They are now work and meeting places, home offices, craft benches, homework spaces and small business production areas! We spoke to a couple of readers who found dining tables in Singapore that are just perfect for them.
Woody Antique House – Travis and Jeanette Rogers, American
We moved to Singapore last September and wanted to find a local piece that would be large enough for our family of five plus guests. We were looking for something that would provide a “wow factor” and be memorable for years to come.
We found Woody Antique House online when searching for local furniture stores. Their selection of inventory and reviews stood out to us. The staff were very welcoming from the moment we walked through the door – they’re knowledgeable about their stocked furniture and antique items and were able to sell us on our pieces without making us feel overly pressured. They also worked with us on pricing and provided a seamless delivery experience.
We ended up purchasing three items: a large suar wood live-edge dining table, a bar cabinet and a shoe cabinet. The table measures 210cm by 105cm and is made of a solid piece of suar wood from Indonesia. The chairs are on their way so we have replacement chairs at the moment.
We love our table. After looking at live-edge tables in several different shops around the island, this one was the perfect fit for us. It’s one piece of wood, and the live edge is just right with angles not so extreme that you can’t sit at the table and eat, but enough to be noticeable. The wood grain is gorgeous, and the overall design is so simple. We love the joinery at the base, which gives it an antique feel.
Gallery 278 – Sarah Burrowes, British
We recently relocated here from the UK and needed to furnish our new home. I knew that we needed a low-maintenance dining table with plenty of style. I’d spotted Gallery 278’s ad in this magazine and loved the look of their furniture so I visited them and was very impressed with the collection.
The team at Gallery 278 were informative and extremely helpful with furniture tips. However, I was still in the midst of a home search, and trying to nail down a unit with my realtor. Felicia knew of the property I was shortlisting as she had furnished the show flat and other units in the same development. I was impressed with the work she’d done with the show flat and so I engaged her interior services for my home project.
I initially liked a rectangular eight-seater dining table, but Felicia suggested I go with an off-square eight-seater option instead. I was undecided at first and Felicia said that I could just rent it first and see how I liked the shape in the space. We also have some comfortable rattan and teak dining armchairs to go with the table. Felicia even showed me a trick to cover up minor scratches on the tabletop – with a walnut of all things! – which is brilliantly convenient.
The table fits my dining space really well; it’s made of teakwood and the tabletop is 6cm thick. It’s solid but with a timeless, simple line design, and the natural wood grains have an understated charm and character. My husband and I have a two-year lease for the dining set and will decide later if it’ll fit in our UK home. Lease-to-own is a very flexible programme that helps with our decisions and our changing lifestyle in an easy way.
Our quest for the perfect dining table to host dinner parties has definitely been met. I’ve really enjoyed my three weeks of shopping and learning from an interiors guru! Felicia has even encouraged me to take up an interior appreciation course so that I can better understand Asian practical feng shui and space planning.
This article first appeared in the January 2022 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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