Contemporary Dining Room Too Narrow? Custom-Made Metal Dining Table & Chairs!

If you have a narrow, contemporary-style dining room or eating area and don't want to have wood furnishings, you may feel limited in options for your dining table. Fortunately, you can hire a metal fabrication company to customize a dining table and chairs to fit perfectly in the narrow space. Here's what you need to know about the people who will be working together to create your custom-made dining set.

Metal Fabrication Team

Taking metal from sheet form and transforming it into a dining table with seating is not a small task that can be done by one person. In metal fabrication, there are several people who work together to complete an item.

  • Designer. You'll need to take the room dimensions, including measurements and locations of doors, windows, and walkways, as well as ideas of what you want your table to look like to a metal designer. This person is similar to an architect in that they design a look which they will draw either by hand or by using a computer aided design software program (CAD) to show how the project will look when it's completed.
  • Engineer. The next person to take the project will be a structural engineer. He or she will determine which types of metal would be the most appropriate for the design of your table based on the drawings from the designer as well as your wishes as to which type of metal you would like the table to be made out of. This individual may also determine the various thicknesses of the different parts of the table to make sure the table is structurally sound.
  • Detailer. The detailer then takes the designer's conceptual drawings and the engineer's measurements and calculations to create a detailed drawing of the various individual pieces that will be cut and crafted together to form your new custom-made dining table. The detailer will include precise measurements and detailed instructions in the drawings, which may be done by hand or by CAD.
  • Cutter. The sheet metal will be cut based on the dimensions listed on the detailer's drawings. In some fabrication shops, the measurements are done by hand and the pieces are manually cut. Other fabrication shops may have automated machines to do the measuring and cutting. Even though the machine is automated, it needs to be aligned properly by a cutter.
  • Fabricator. With the various pieces cut to size, it's time for the fabricator to take the flat pieces and bend and weld them into place according to the drawings and instructions for your dining table. He or she will use heat to achieve the correct angles when bending the sheet metal.
  • Quality assurance. Last in the process is a person who will inspect your dining room table to make sure it meets the requirements for stability so you and your family can enjoy dining on the table without being concerned about wobbly legs or bad weld joints.


If you feel that a metal table and chairs may be a bit too industrial for your dining room or eat-in kitchen, you do have the freedom to incorporate other design elements. After all, that is what having furniture custom designed and custom made is all about.

Perhaps you'd like your table to have a metal base and legs with a glass or marble top. Or you may want to have upholstered seating. If you would like these and other non-metal features in your dining table and chairs, ask the designer if they have subcontracts with other custom designers, who can contribute these types of design elements to finish the completed project.