Choosing the right dining table


In the market there are plenty shapes and sizes of dining tables. In many cases, tables come with extra leaves for extending them. So, before choose the proper table make sure that will fit in your space and that it will give enough sitting for the number of diners you want to invite.
  • Rectangular dining tables are more suitable for large, narrow rooms and they are probably the most common choice. Usually they have 4 legs in the 4 corners of the table. Though some tables have different type of leg support. For example, some dining tables have two, wider legs at the two shorter sides of the furniture. A rectangular table is a good choise for seating more than four people. 

rectangular table

  • Square dining tables are a good solution when we have to seat up to four diners. The particular shape encourages dialog and familiarity between diners and creates a friendly and intimate atmosphere.It is an ideal shape for square and small rooms. For, seating more than 4 people you can use extension leaves. 
square table


  • Another option for small spaces are the round dining tables. The advantage is that every diner can see easily the rest of the group and no one feels isolated. Round tables are friendly, eye-catching and promote communication. Pedestal tables are a better choice, allowing more seating. The central leg takes the place of the peripheral legs that get in the way of a chair. Large round tables are not recommended since a big radius means thet the opposite diners seat far away from each other while it is difficult to reach the food. With extension leaves a round table is converted into an oval.
round table
  • Oval dining tables seem smaller than the rectangular tables due to their rounded corners. They also overcome the disadvantage of the rectangular shape to make some diners feel isolated, especially those that occupy the corners. An oval table requires the same area as a rectangular table, though it is easier to move around an oval table. 
Oval table 


Details you should know: 

  • Table to wall clearance:  Calculate a distance more than 70 cm (around 28'') between the table and the walls, to allow diners to sit, pull their chair and get up. 
  • Extension leaves: They should be included in the overall measurments of the table if you are planning to use them. 
  • Eating space: Each diner needs about 60 cm (2 feet) of eating space or a table area of 60X40 cm.


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