A good dining table will be sturdy and well-made, with a finish that withstands heavy use and shows little obvious wear. Along with affordability and a timeless style, stability and construction are important to look for when inspecting tables at furniture stores.
At the furniture store, look for nicks and scratches that may indicate how the tables would endure through serious use at home.
A pedestal or trestle table, you have more flexibility to add more people to the table. Trestle tables can give you flexibility along the sides of the table, but can limit space at the ends of it. Look closely at how much space there is between the edge of the table and where the trestle supports are attached to make sure there’s room for your knees.