How to Choose a Dining Room Table for Your Abode: A Guide to Making the Right Decision

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Choosing the right dining table could be the difference between a room that feels like home and one that feels… well, a bit off. Your dining table isn't just a place for meals; it's also a gathering spot, a homework hub, and, let's be honest, sometimes an improvised office. The best dining table for your home is one that's budget-friendly, sturdy, suits your space, and resonates with your personal style.

Sure, you may not be planning for it to last forever, but you'll want a table that can comfortably see you through the next five to ten years. Five years is not a long time, you want a table that is simple and sturdy, and a style you'll like for a while. And who knows? That small, well-crafted table might just earn itself a permanent spot in your home. So, let's break down the factors you need to ponder before welcoming a new table into your home.

Dining Room Table Size Matters

What size dining table would be suitable for my room? You may ask. Here's rule number one: Your dining table needs to fit into your dining area. Easy to say, but remember, a dining table can be a deceptively large piece of furniture, and the space around it is just as important.

To ensure you don't end up with a dining table that overpowers your room, take a little time to physically map out the space it would occupy on your floor (using painter's tape for example). Don't forget to account for the table's height as well.

What size are dining room tables? How much room should you leave around the dining table? We recommends a 3-foot buffer zone on all sides of your table for easy maneuvering. So, start by measuring the length and width of the space you can allocate to your dining table, then subtract around 6 feet from each dimension. This will give you a target dining table size.

Your table's usage and the number of people who will regularly gather around it should also influence your size decision. We suggest that each person will need between 22 to 24 inches of table space. For a bit of a guide, consider these general dimensions:

What is the Standard Height of a Dining Room Table?

  • 1 or 2 people: 30- to 36-inch round, square, oval, or rectangular table
  • 4 people: 36- to 48-inch round, square, oval, or rectangular table
  • 6 people: 60-inch round or square table, 72-inch oval or rectangular table
  • 8 people: 72-inch round or square table, 96-inch oval or rectangular table
  • 10 people: 120-inch oval or rectangular table (round or square tables not advised)
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Average Height of a Dining Room Table

The "visual weight" of a piece of furniture can significantly affect how big it seems in a room. A table may technically fit, but if it's dark, bulky, or too close to other furniture, it can make the room feel cramped. To avoid this, consider a dining room table with a lighter frame or color, especially if your room is already filled with furniture.

Flexibility in Dining Table Design

If your space is limited, a table with expandable leaves can be a lifesaver. These let you customize the table for different entertainment needs and party sizes. However, we advise against tables with overly complicated or hidden mechanisms, as they can be prone to failure. The sturdiest expansion tables have solid, separate leaves that you place on the base once the table is opened.

Remember also to consider how to move and stage a dining room table. Measure all doorways, hallways, and tight turns to ensure smooth delivery. Measure everything first, and treat the delivery team who brings your furniture well!
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Shape: The Heart of the Room

The shape of the room gets first say, since some tables simply do not work in certain rooms. Essentially, your space should dictate the shape of your table. If your room is rectangular, try a rectangular or oval table; for square rooms, consider a square or round table.

Square or rectangular tables are the most common and give you a wide array of styles, sizes, and extensions. But a round or oval table can offer a bit more maneuverability, cutting off the corners but still providing ample surface area. For tighter rectangular spaces, the oval might be the best option. Plus, round or oval tables encourage conversation and are perfect for parties—there's no head of the table!

Final Words: Where to Buy a Dining Room Table

In the end, the choice of your dining table should balance functionality, personal style, and space harmony. Take your time to consider all these factors, and you'll have a table that not only fits your room but also fits your life. Once you've determined all the elements, it's time to make it official! For the highest quality wooden dining tables that stand the test of time, be sure to visit our website to discover your perfect match. From farmhouse chic to mid-century modern, we've got you covered.

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