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Dining Table Sizes

If there’s one thing hosts, and hostesses agree on, it’s all about the table (following the food, of course). After all, the dining table is where your family comes together to share important stories of the day at school and at work, and where friends spend unforgettable Saturday nights sharing pot luck dinners and laughing over board games.

Nothing’s perfect, right? Well, here’s an exception to the rule. The perfect dining table size and shape depends on whether or not you a have a dedicated formal dining room, an open concept area off the living room, or an eat-in style kitchen; the actual dimensions of your room and number of people you’d like to serve comfortably also factor in heavily.

What designers typically consider the right size table is proportional to the space of your dining area while leaving ample room to pull out and push in those stately dining chairs. Some of the tips we’ve learned over the years are compiled here to make it easy for you.

“Can I have some space?”

Around your table you’ll want to allow ample space:

  • Minimum: 36”
  • Ideal: 42-48”
  • For an entrance or thoroughfare: 48”
  • For place settings: 28-30”
  • For place settings and serving pieces: 36”
  • To pass across the table: Max 48”
  • For seating capacity: 24”

Rectangular tables: Classic shape for rectangular dining rooms, well suited for larger families and get-togethers. For more legroom, consider a Pedestal base.Bassett Bella

Oval tables: Easy to maneuver around and pull up extra seats because there are no awkward corners.

Circular tables: Cozy, perfect for small families or couples.

Square tables: Bistro-vibe, better for boxy spaces.

 

Table talk.

Rectangular tables are typically 36" to 40" wide. Tables that seats four should be about 48" long. Tables that seat four to six people should be at least 60" long. Tables that seat six to eight people should be at least 78" long. The beauty of the Custom Dining Collection is there are countless length, height and shape options. If you’re looking for the longest possible table, you’ll want Bench*Made.

A little help, please?

Tables like the ever-popular Bella that are extendable provide versatility and flexibility to seat additional people only when you need it. What’s called a removable leaf (or two) can be easily added (inserted) into the table to expand it. If table leaves are an option, always buy them when you buy the table. This will ensure the wood stain matches and the leaves fit snugly. To store, wrap them in moving blankets and place in the back of your hall closet.

Another good table solution is a round or oval drop-leaf table; these tables have fold-down edges that make it flat on the sides and easy to place out of the way along a wall.

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Take a seat.

Chairs are usually 18” from the seat to the floor. Most adults are comfortable with 12” of space between the tabletop and the chair seat. Test them all. You want dining chairs that can be comfortable for two hours at a time. When not in use, dining arm (or head) chairs can be moved to the corners of the room to make a statement; if space doesn’t allow, cover the chairs and store out of the way until the next unforgettable gathering.

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