Your dining room table is an important piece of furniture in your home: it serves as a gathering place for holiday celebrations, family dinners or casual evenings with friends. So how do you choose the right dining table for your lifestyle?
Size determines the suitability and usability of the furniture within your space. When you’re shopping for tables, consider these important measurements:
- Allow 24″ between the table and wall so people can easily sit down and get up from the table
- Allow 38″ between the table and wall if people are going to walk behind the table
- Plan for 24″ for each place setting so people can comfortably eat without hitting elbows
- The maximum width of a table should be 48″ – any more space and your guests can’t pass things across the table and conversation becomes strained
- The minimum width of a table should be 36″ – any less width and you will have difficulty placing serving pieces in the middle of the table
- If space allows, base your size table on the number of persons you usually have for dinner then add two. That should accommodate a normal number of guests.
The shape of a dining table helps to define its look and style, but it’s also a consideration in creating a beautiful, harmonious and functional space.
A rectangular table is the most common shape because most dining rooms are rectangular. Rectangular tables are often more flexible since many come with the option to extend the length when needed. They fit well in long, narrow spaces, and can be used to divide open-plan spaces in order to define areas for different uses.
A square table looks best in a square room. They also help to create a beautiful ambience for intimate gatherings
A round table works well in small rooms and smaller square shaped rooms. It creates a cozy and intimate setting, so it’s the best shape for a small group of people. For versatility, get one with a leaf that changes into an oval shape that accommodates a larger group of people.
An oval table is very similar to a rectangular shape table, but due to the rounded corners, looks smaller visually. Oval tables are a great fit for a narrow or smaller size room.
While function is important, your dining table should also be something that suits your personal style and complements the decor in the rest of your home.
Farmhouse dining tables are typically made of wood, and feature a rough-hewn top, often unfinished or distressed.
Their thick wooden top with luxurious colours, maintain the irregular edge of the tree from which it was created. Due to the custom work that goes into creating each piece, these tables double as art pieces.
Pedestal tables are designed so the tabletop sits on a singular base at the center of the table instead of four legs.
Parsons tables feature straight lines, angular corners, and a simple silhouettes.
Midcentury tables are streamlined and lean, often combining warm-toned woods like Walnut with tapered legs. Their sleek shape makes them a perfect pick for small spaces.
Contemporary tables often incorporate sculptural elements, mixed materials, and on-trend styling.
This nod to the industrial revolution is all about mixing raw materials, galvanized metal, concrete and reclaimed woods.