Dining Room Furniture Buying Guide

Dining Room Furniture- The dining room is where all of your friends and loved ones gather for all of the special occasions and your décor should reflect that.  Create that warm, special, and happy environment that your guests will remember while creating other memories during the holidays and birthdays!   


Dining Table

Share all of your best family stories around the centerpiece of your dining room!  During the holidays or special family milestones, the dining room table is one of the most important home furnishings. For some, it is a table that sits elegantly in a little-used room that enjoys human company only on holidays and special occasions. For others, the dining table is the table on which they eat all their meals each day.  

 

Size

 

When considering the size of the table, take into account the size of the room and make sure to leave space on both sides of the table for walking and pulling out of chairs.   Typically, circular or bistro tables are better for smaller rooms while rectangular tables are more accommodating for larger rooms.  It is important to think about how many people will usually be sitting at your table.  A general rule of thumb is to leave 48 inches between the edge of the table and the wall or closest piece of furniture.  Most dining tables are 36 to 42 inches wide to allow for food and place settings.


Style

 

Think about the style and feel you want the room to have.  Do you want your room to have a more formal, intimate atmosphere?  Or do you want your room to have a more modern, retro type feel to it?   Dark stained wooden tables have a more formal feel to them.  Lighter stained woods will be much less formal feeling but will still be more formal that shiny, aluminum and metal tables.  Aluminum and metal tables are more modern looking but darker metals will induce a more formal feel.


Shape

The shape of your dining room table will determine the size.   Generally,  circular tables are much smaller but they can also be very large.   For large rooms, a long, rectangular dining room table works best.  

Circular tables are great for creating a social atmosphere and encourage conversation.  But be very careful that your table is not too big.  Circular tables that seats more than 6 will be very large and may make your room feel extremely small. 

A small square table is  also great for creating a social atmosphere.  They can be small and intimate just like round tables and great for small groups of 4 to 6 people.

 

Dining Chairs

 

If your dining room chair sets are purchased separately, it is important to understand the differences in sizes. Most dining tables are 29 to 30 inches tall, and you want about 12 inches from seat to the top of the table. Look for dinging chairs that are 18 to 19 inches tall for standard height tables. 

 

FAQ

 

What size table should I buy?

 

  • Four people:
    28-inch to 40-inch square
    36-inch to 48-inch round
  • Four to six people:
    28-inch by 46-inch to 40-inch by 58-inch rectangle
    58-inch to 78-inch round
  • Six to eight people:
    36-inch by 60-inch to 48-inch by 72-inch rectangle or oval
  • Eight to ten people:
    36-inch by 80-inch to 48-inch by 92-inch rectangle
    36-inch by 36-inch to 80-inch by 92-inch oval
  • Ten to twelve people:
    36-inch by 96-inch to 48-inch by 108-inch rectangle
  • Fourteen to sixteen people:
    36-inch by 124-inch to 48-inch by 126-inch rectangle


Dining Table Style and Color

The style of your dining table will set the style for the rest of your room.  If you are going for a formal looking dining room, wood tables are typically more formal.   The darker stain the wood, the more formal it will be.  Pine tables and lighter stain woods have a less formal feel. 

Metal and glass tables are much more modern.  However, they can also be very formal as well.  The darker the metals, the more formal your table will feel where lighter, shiny steel and aluminum suggest a more casual feel.

 

 

Common wood colors include:


Walnut: a chocolate brown color
Mahogany: a medium brown to deep brown and dark red
Cherry: a light brown to dark reddish brown
Oak: a greyish brown if it is white oak or a reddish cast if it is red oak
Pine: a light yellow color

 

Which size table should I buy?

 

The following sizes and seating capacity are approximate. 

 

Square tables:
52 inch x 52 inch (seats 6 - 8)
Oblong and oval tables:
52 inch x 70 inch (seats 6 - 8)
60 inch x 84 inch (seats 8 - 10)
60 inch x 102 inch (seats 10 - 12)
60 inch x 120 inch (seats 12 - 16)
60 inch x 142 inch (seats 12 - 16)
70 inch x 64 inch (seats 10 - 12)
70 inch x 72 inch (seats 10 - 12)
70 inch x 96 inch (seats 10 - 12)
70 inch x 114 inch (seats 12 - 16)
70 inch x 126 inch (seats 12 - 16)
70 inch x 144 inch (seats 12 - 16)
Round tables:
36-inch diameter (seats 4)
48-inch diameter (seats 4 - 6)
60-inch diameter (seats 6 - 8)