How to Pick the Right Dining Table

There are so many shapes and dimensions of dining tables. Which one is right for you? The look of your dining table is important, of course, but making sure it fits your space and gives enough seating is even more critical.

Your table should allow for the number of diners you want to seat comfortably and still leave enough space to walk around it. The width of your table should be at least 36 inches wide so there’s ample space for place settings as well as food. Typically, as the table span increases, so will the width of this table top. Read on for shapes and sizes to think about when shopping for a dining room table.

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Summerour Architects

Measure table-to-wall clearance. Measure the distance around the space. To allow diners to sit down and awaken easily from their chairs, attempt to depart 42-48″ between your table along with the walls.

CWB Architects

Measure table-to-furniture clearance. If there’s furniture in the dining space, begin your 42-48″ measurement in the edge of the furniture instead of the wall.

Synthesis Design Inc..

My mad way of measuring. To test a table size in a space I grab a bed sheet or two, place it where the table goes , and fold it in the form of the dining table. This allows me to visualize the distance it will occupy up. Then I can quantify the wall/furniture-to-table clearance. If your table has leaves, include them in your calculations.

Lindy Donnelly

Don’t overcrowd your table. The table manufacturer should recommend the number of individuals who can comfortably be seated without touching elbows while still eating.

Every individual needs about two feet of eating space. Obviously, if your table allows for it, you might have the ability to squeeze into a different seat or for those occasional larger parties.

Megan Blake Design

Round tables are great for small spaces. They fit in tight spaces and don’t have any sharp corners to bump into. You can generally fit more people around it because it does not have any corners. Pedestal tables are even better, because they offer more legroom.

Add translucent acrylic chairs to show of a beautiful dining table and make a little room feel more spacious.

Paula Grace Designs, Inc..

Seating size for a table. I usually stick to this particular calculation to begin searching for around tables. Manufacturers may offer unique recommendations, and you might have the ability to add more chairs to get a tighter fit. Also keep in mind that having a pedastal base enables more seating because it eradicates the legs which can get in the way of a chair.
3′ with a pedestal base chairs 44′ with thighs chairs 45′ with a pedestal base chairs 65′ with thighs chairs 46′ with pedestal base or thighs chairs 87′ with pedestal base or thighs chairs 9Note: Big round tables can make it challenging to reach for meals. Rectangular shapes seem to work better for seating very large audiences.

Feldman Architecture, Inc..

A table works nicely in a long, narrow area. It leaves more space for visitors circulation. For most tables, as the table span increases the width increases too.

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Seating size for a rectangular dining table . These are the dimensions I stick to if searching for rectangular tables. Again, manufacturers may offer unique recommendations, and you might have the ability to add more chairs to get a tighter fit.
4′ long chairs 45-6′ long chairs 67′ long chairs 88-9′ long chairs 1010-11′ chairs 12

Mahoney Architects & Interiors

Lazy susan attribute. If you choose a round table 60-72″ in diameter, then add the convenience of a center lazy susan. Even though the round table can be a space saver, the larger it gets the harder it becomes to reach the mashed potatoes.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Move big on the dining table and little on the seating. When seeking to take up less space in a space, try a seat instead of chairs on all or one side of your table. Make sure that you are able to push the seat below the table so you can stash it away when not in use.

Cravotta Interiors

Move square. If your area is square, a table, like a round one, makes for a more intimate dining experience because everyone is an equal distance apart. Additionally it’ll look great mimicking the space shape around it.

Like the round table, the bigger a table is, the harder it will be to reach food. If you’re seeking to seat over eight people comfortably, try out your table in person. You’re better off with a square table which is included with leaves you could turn into a rectangular shape for a dinner party.

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