Dining table is a centre piece of every dining room, a place where people meet and share a meal, socialize, and bring the family together. A solid table, real wood, thick top and cool chairs/bench is something I would look into. Not to bash the Ikea boys in any way, but something made out of chipboard with cheap laminate is nowhere near a proper family dining table.
These tables can be built out of reclaimed wood, as well as a fresh (dried) lumber, hard wood would be a choice for this particular project. People sitting at this table, eating, kids scratching with forks etc. Quality wood will make sure you do not have to re-finish every 6 months to get rid of all marks, dents and scratches.
I personally love thick legged tables, even a design where legs are thick and the top slightly on the thin side, just the opposite of a popular trend would make a cool house item.