Choosing the Perfect Dining Room Table

We're going to look at the ideal dining room table for you and your family.
Choosing the Perfect Dining Room Table

Last update: 30 August, 2020

When you’re decorating your home, one area that doesn’t get the attention it deserves is the dining room. This is where the family gathers to eat and you should pay attention to every inch so that everyone feels comfortable. The key is to choose the perfect dining room table, one that suits your taste and fits the room. Let’s take a look!

When size matters

The perfect dining room table needs to fit well in your space.

To know how long the perfect dining room table should be for you and your family, the first thing you need to know is the number of diners who are going to sit around it.

Take into account if you often have guests over and of course, the space you have. You need to consider if there is room to walk around and move the chairs.

There are some guidelines for this. For example, the space between the table and the wall should be about 2.5 feet or at least 4 feet if you need space to walk there. If you have a small space, you can leave the table up against the wall and pull it out when you need to use it.

There’s also an approximate distance between diners so they are comfortable. Typically, you want about 2 feet from elbow to elbow.

Regarding the height of the table, it’s important to know that the table should be about 2.3 to 2.4 feet from the floor. This is the optimal measurement so that chairs fit comfortably for everyone.

Choosing the perfect dining room table – different types

The perfect dining room table needs to fit your style.

A rectangular table

This is usually the most common type of dining room table and they can range from 4 feet to 5 feet long. One advantage of this style is that it fits better in the limited spaces of modern houses. Another plus is that it allows you to push it up against the wall or add another table on the end easily if you have guests.

Square dining room tables

These are gorgeous and always catch the eye of interior design lovers. They have the same advantages of rectangular tables, with the added benefit that you can place shared dishes in the center so everyone can easily reach them. The problem is that they usually require a lot of space if you want one that can fit more than 4 people.

Another benefit is that these allow people to socialize because everyone is the same distance from one another, which helps conversation flow easily.

A round, marble table.

A round table

This has qualities that are very similar to square tables. In addition, we should add two very interesting points.

Circular tables don’t have legs to bother you. Instead, they are usually supported by a central pedestal. Also, if you have kids, keep in mind that these tables don’t have corners. So you don’t have to worry about hitting a sharp edge.

Oval dining room tables

This is kind of a hybrid of all of the above, don’t you think? Oval-shaped dining room tables soften the space, like round ones, but they give you more options. you can seat people along the table without anyone having to sit at an uncomfortable corner.

Extendable dining room tables – extra space

A wood table with chairs and a plant.

An extendable table is a great way to save space, especially if you have guests visit from time to time. We recommend that you pay attention to how to extend it, specifically how the piece is integrated. You want to make sure it’s easy to attach and doesn’t leave any spaces that could be annoying while eating.

Generally, these tables have one or two extension pieces, depending on the size. These can either be placed in the center of the table or on one side. Regarding their measurements, they usually range between 1.3 to 2 feet, depending on the manufacturer.

If you pay attention to these points, choosing the perfect dining room table will be easier. You need to take into account the needs of your family, the available space, and your personal tastes.