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How to Choose a Dining Table (Sizes, Shapes and Styles)?

A dining table is the centrepiece of your dining room that does much more than just hosting family meals and facilitate cosy conversations. It enables you to use your dining space in any way you could possibly imagine – such as games nights, dinner parties, kids’ homework, get togethers with friends, celebrations, home office, and more.

Therefore, when choosing such a multipurpose piece of furniture for your dining area, you must pay attention to both form and function. Being the centrepiece in the dining area, your dining table also defines the style of the space.

Which dining table suits your space?

Are you not certain how to choose the right dining table for your home? Here’s everything you need to consider to make the right selection.

Dining Table Sizes: Measuring the Size

Square timber dining table.

When planning to buy a dining table, start by taking the measurements of your room and calculating how much space you have for the table. Generally, a good rule of thumb is to leave at least 1000mm (minimum) between your table and any surrounding furniture or walls. Other things to consider include walkways and thoroughfares, as this may influence how you position the table in the room and therefore impact the size you can allocate to the table.

It’s important to consider both the length and width (sides of the table) and the space in the room to ensure that everyone can comfortably sit and move around it.

TIP: Mark out the table using masking tape or newspaper on the floor and walk around it, get a feel for the size in your room.


Dining Table Shapes: Deciding On the Right Shape

The shape of the dining table is equally important as the size. You may have the right measurements, but if you don’t choose a table with an appropriate shape to suit in your dining area, it can easily result in an awkward and poorly designed space.

You can use the following list of considerations to help determine what shape of table would be appropriate for your dining area.

  • The shape of the room
  • The size of the room
  • The style of the dining space
  • The number of people you want to accommodate at any one time at the table
  • Do you entertain often? The number of people you entertain at a time

When you have these details, it will help you choose the shape that best fits your space. Let’s quickly run through various table shapes you can choose from and understand what type of dining spaces they usually complement the best.

Rectangular Dining Tables

Rectangle is undoubtedly the most common dining table shape. On account of the fact that most dining spaces are also rectangular in shape. Rectangular dining tables also offer more seating capacity than other shapes.

Round wood table for dining area.Square Dining Tables

A square table top is the best fit for a square room or long open plan living spaces where there are minimal limitations or restrictions to the flow of the room.

Round Dining Tables

Another great solution for square-shaped rooms or dining areas in small space, nooks or bay windows would be round dining tables. This shape perfectly complements as it creates a cosy and conversational dining setting.

Oval Dining Tables

Very similar to rectangular tables in most aspects, oval-shaped tables occupy less visual space due to their rounded corners. They make an ideal choice for smaller or narrower dining spaces where you need a little extra seating. The rounded corners also allow for easy flow of traffic around the table.

Dining Table Styles: Choosing Your Style

Finally, you must go with a dining table that complements the style and décor of your dining space. The options are aplenty, so you will be able to choose the right style for your interior. If you prefer a more traditional and classic look, you may want to opt for a table that features ornate details and is made from rich, dark woods or blend traditional with modern touches by adding contemporary leg designs or incorporating metal elements or glass-topped table with timber.

A dining table can make or break the look and feel of your dining space. So, don’t rush it! Take your time and consider all aspects mentioned above before choosing the ideal table for your dining space.

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