The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Dining Table Size and Shape

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Dining Table Size and Shape

Those images of grand dining tables laid out with elegant crockery set on a stunning tapestry of runners and napkins with beautiful cutlery to boot – this is one of the first things homeowners are drawn to when planning their dream home. But of course, we also know that the ideal dining table size and shape will be dictated by our home dimensions than our fantasies. The good news is that finding the perfect dining table is not a herculean task. Allow us to help you out with this ready reckoner.

Here are three factors that should dominate your search for the perfect size dining table:

  • It should be of a size that does not overpower your dining space
  • It should be of a shape and style that you will not fall out of love within a short period
  • It should be made of good quality material with solid workmanship that will last for a very long time to come.

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Know Your Dining Table Size

You would have noticed that dining table dimensions sport three figures. For instance, the striking Carved Legs Vintage Dining table from Woodsala is listed as 60 x 32 x 30 inch. This means the table has a width of 60 inches, depth of 32 inches and a height of 30 inches.

How many chairs a dining table can accommodate will depend on the width. It is generally considered acceptable to have 22 to 24 inches space per chair. Which means the table above can seat 4 to 6 people. Keep this figure in mind while choosing the best size dining table for your needs.

Standard dining chairs have the seat at a height of about 18.5 inches. It is considered ideal to have a gap of 10 inches between the seat and the top of the table so 30 inches is an ideal height for the dining table.

It is recommended that you have 42-48 inches of space between your dining table and the walls in the room. This allows for free movement of people around the table and ease of getting in and out of the chairs.

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The Right Shape of Dining Table for Your Room

Rectangle and square are the most preferred shapes for dining tables though circular ones also have a considerable following. The right size for you depends on the number of chairs you wish to put and the shape of your dining room. If you are looking for a formal table with 6 to 10 seating, a rectangular table may be best for you. For 4 to 6 chairs, any of the these will be ideal. For compact spaces, consider a circular table to seat 2 to 4 persons.

Some of the no-no’s when it comes to choosing your dining table shape are:

  • No circular table for a rectangular dining area.
  • No rectangular table for a square dining area.

Circular tables for square-shaped dining rooms and rectangular tables for rectangular rooms are considered aesthetic. Although less common, an oval table is also a good idea if you have a rectangular room.

Your dining table size and shape should also be chosen with a long-term usage plan in mind. If you are considering expanding your family soon or plan to have guests over frequently, invest in as large a table as your space permits. Buying a table for two would turn out to be a wasted investment if you find it insufficient for your needs in just a year or two.

If you find that your dining room cannot accommodate a standard size table, talk to Woodsala about customisation options.

Now that you know all about how to check the dining table size and shape that is right for you, have fun picking up all the accessories to complete your mental image of the perfect dining room!

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