Dining tables come in many sizes and it is important to
choose a table that is appropriately sized for your room.Before deciding upon a table, you will need
to measure the dimensions of your room to assure space for walking and pulling
out of chairs.A general rule of thumb
is to allow 48 inches from the edge of the table the wall of the room.Dining tables need to measure around 36 to
42 inches wide to allow for food and place settings.One mistake people typically make is they
push one side of the table against a wall to maximize walking room on one
side.Instead, chose a smaller, round
dinning table so your room will feel much larger.
The shape of your 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 dining 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 dining table isalso great for creating a social atmosphere.They can be intimate just like
round tables and great for small groups of 4 to 6 people.
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.
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)