The Ultimate Guide on How to Choose the Right Dining Table

Dining tables have so many shapes and sizes. Of course, the look of your dining table is very important. But ensuring it properly fits your space and provides enough seating is even more critical. Your dining table should comfortably accommodate the number of people you want. It should also leave enough space for people to move around.

The width of your dining table should be at least 36 inches wide to provide enough room for both the food and place settings. Typically, as the length of the dining table increases, its width also increases. Continue reading to get the right sizes and shapes you should consider when shopping for a dining room table.

Steps to Follow Before Purchasing a Dining Table

Step 1: Measure Table-To-Wall Clearance

Measuring the space around your dining room is the first step you should take. To enable diners sit down and easily get up from their seats, just leave approximately 42-48 inches between your dining table and the walls.

Step 2: Measure Table-To-Furniture Clearance

If there is furniture in your dining room, start your 42-48″ measurement from the edge of the furniture instead of the wall. Doing this will make your task quicker and easier.

The Craziest Way of Measuring

To test out the table size in your room, grab a bed sheet, place it where you will place your dining table, and fold it into the shape of the table. It will allow you visualize the space your table will take. Thereafter, you can measure the table-to-furniture clearance and table-to-wall clearance. And if your dining table has leaves, include them in your calculations.

Step 3: Don’t Overcrowd Your Dining Table

The manufacturer of the table should recommend the right number of diners that can comfortably be seated without touching their elbows while eating. Every person needs approximately 2 feet of eating space. If your dining table allows for it, you might be able to squeeze in another seat.

#1 – Round Tables

Round tables are great for small spaces. They perfectly fit tight spaces and have no sharp corners. In fact, you can fix more people around it because it has no corners to bump into. Pedestal tables are the best as they provide more legroom. You can add transparent acrylic chairs to make a small room feel more spacious and show off a beautiful dining table.

Seating Size for a Round Table

Manufacturers may provide different recommendations, and you may be able to add more seating for a tighter fit. A pedestal base gives space for more seating because it removes the legs that can get in the way of a chair. To begin looking for round tables, it’s usually wise to stick to the calculations provided below.

#4′ with legs seats 4
#3′ with pedestal base seats 4
#5’ with pedestal base seats 6
#7′ with pedestal base seats 9
#7′ with pedestal legs seats 9
#6′ with pedestal base seats 8
#6′ with pedestal legs seats 8

Lazy Susan Feature

If you select a round table 60-70″ in diameter, you can add the convenience of a center lazy susan. Although a round table is a space saver, the bigger it gets, the harder it becomes to reach the food.

#2 – Rectangular Tables

Rectangular tables work well in long, narrow rooms. They leave more space for traffic flow. For most rectangular tables, as the length increases, the width also increases.

Seating Size for a Rectangular Table

Once more, the manufacturers may provide different recommendations, and you might be able to add more seating for a tighter fit. Below are the sizes you should stick to when looking for a rectangular table.

#4′ long seats 4
#10′ long seats 12
#6′ long seats 6
#9′ long seats 10
#7′ long seats 8

#3 – Square Tables

If you have a square room, a square table should be your choice. It provides a more intimate dining experience because everyone is an equal distance apart. Also, it will look great mimicking the shape of the room around it. Like a round table, the larger a square table is, the harder it will be to reach for food. You will be better off with a square table that has leaves you can turn into a rectangular shape for a dinner party.

It’s always wise to pair a big dining table and small seating. When you want to take up less room in a space, try out a bench instead of chairs on one or all sides of your dining table. Make sure you are able to push the bench under the dining table to store it away when not in use.

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