Choosing the right Dining Table

Looking for a new dining table?  Consider these simple rules-of-thumb to make your table a perfect fit for hosting and gathering friends and family.

Choosing the right size for a dining table depends on several factors, including the size of your dining area and how many people you want to seat comfortably. Here are some guidelines to help you determine the appropriate size:

Room Size:

    • Leave at least 36 inches of space between the table and the walls or other furniture to allow people to move around comfortably.
    • Measure the dimensions of your dining area to determine the maximum table size it can accommodate.
Table Shape:
    • Rectangular tables are versatile and fit well in most spaces. They can seat more people compared to other shapes of the same length.
    • Round tables are great for small spaces and encourage conversation. They also work well in square rooms.

Seating Capacity:

      • Typically, the number of feet of table is the same number of seating capacity.  4-foot table = 4 chairs. 6-foot table = 6 chairs. 8-foot table = 8 chairs.  By increasing the table width to 48 inches, you will be able to add an additional place setting at both ends of the table.  
      • For round tables, a 48-inch diameter can comfortably seat four, while a 60-inch diameter can seat six.
    Chair Spacing:
        • Allow about 24 inches of space for each person at the table. This includes both the width of the chair and the space needed to comfortably maneuver in and out.                                             
        • Table Length (Rectangular):
        • Allow at least 24 inches of table length per person. For example, a 6-foot table can comfortably seat six.
        • Table Diameter (Round):
        • Allow about 22 inches of table diameter per person. For example, a 48-inch round table can seat 4 comfortably.

      Table Height:
        • Standard dining tables are about 30 inches tall. Make sure there is enough legroom for people to sit comfortably.
      Table Extensions:
        • If you choose to extend your table you can consider company boards, that fit on both ends of the table, or leaves.  Our company boards add 18 inches to each side for a total of 3 extra feet.  You do need to find a place to store them when they are not needed.  A leaf is  typically  12 or 18 inches long.  Usually one or two leaves can be stored in the table.   Consider both the compact size and the extended size to ensure it fits comfortably in your space.

      Consider Table Features:
        • Take into account any additional features such as the base.   A pedestal base (may provide more leg room) which a trestle base may limit your seating, depending on the size of the table.   Also consider company boards or a leaf extension for expandability, if needed for bigger gatherings.

      Remember, these are general guidelines and rules of thumb.  You may need to adjust based on your specific needs and preferences. Additionally, always measure your space accurately and take into account any obstructions like doors or walkways.

      Ultimately, the goal is to create a comfortable and functional dining area that suits your lifestyle and fits seamlessly into your living space.

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