Finding the Perfect Dining Table Size

Have you ever felt your dining table was too big or too small for your space?

A dining room table is a central piece of furniture in any home, and selecting the right size for your space is important. A table that’s too large will overcrowd your room, while a table that’s too small will look lost in your space.

But how do you ensure it’s the right fit for your space? Here’s a step-by-step guide:

1) Measuring Up

Before diving into all the style and design possibilities, the first step is to measure your dining area. Knowing the dimensions of your room will set the stage for the perfect table. When measuring, be sure to consider any passageways, thoroughfares or high-traffic areas around the table. Once you have these dimensions, ensure you have a minimum of 1.2m between the table and any walls. Any less and your dining setting will feel cramped and you won’t have sufficient space to walk around the table when your guests are seated.

2) Seating Arrangements

How many people use the table on day to day? When you entertain, how many guests do you usually host? For those who love large gatherings, a bigger table is a must. For intimate dinners, a smaller table might be more suitable.

3) Choose a Table Shape

Dining tables come in various shapes. The best shape for your space will depend on the layout of your room and the mood you wish to set.

  • Rectangular tables are usually chosen for more formal settings in larger spaces as they provide a sense of order and symmetry. They can be a good choice for entertaining guests or hosting special occasions. Perfect for narrow dining rooms, or where space is at a premium as a well designed rectangular dining table allows for chairs to tuck in snug to the table and minimum footprint in the room.
  • Square tables are often associated with a more casual and intimate mood. They can be a good choice for small families or couples and create a sense of conversation and connection, but be sure the shape of your room can cater a square dining table shape, as often this design requires substantial footprint to be effective.
  • Round tables are great at creating a cozy atmosphere at the dining table. As a defining feature, they have no corners, making them an ideal choice for families with young children. Round dining tables are also a common choice for large open living areas, as they are easy to walk around and work into a floor plan.
  • Oval tables exude elegance and sophistication, making them ideal for entertaining guests or hosting special occasions. They are perfect for bigger spaces or any space where you want to make a statement with your furniture, providing a sense of spaciousness and luxury.

4) Space to Breathe

Once you’ve chosen a table shape, you must allow enough room around it. You’ll want to ensure there is enough distance between the table and the walls or other furniture. Having at least 1.2m on all sides of the table is recommended so people can easily move around.

5) Flow of Traffic

When choosing the placement of your dining table, consider the traffic flow in your home. Avoid placing the table in a high-traffic area, such as near doorways and hallways where people constantly bump into it. Place the table in a central location to make it easily accessible and contribute towards a balanced feeling in your space.

6) Budget Wisely

Dining tables vary in price depending on size, design and material. When discussing your furniture with one of our design specialists, don’t be afraid to convey any budget constraints, so we can assist you in finding the perfect solution for your home.

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