Choosing the best dining table for your space is only about the space available and the number of people to seat. Together with the FurniturePick today you will find out how to make it easy whether you have a dedicated dining room, eat-in kitchen or open layout apartment.
The comfortable dining space leaves enough room to pull out the chairs and easily move around. Nevertheless, you have to keep your table comfortable, but not shrunk. It is better to have the table no more than 48 inches wide for the ability to pass across it. The right width for your table for place settings should be around 30 inches. If you want it to make more convenient for place settings and serving pieces, it should be 36 inches.
The right space around your table is considered to be not less than 36 inches, but better to have it 42-48 inches. For a “heavy traffic” spot or entrance – 48 inches.
Add some flexibility to your dining space by extendable tables to seat more for the special occasions. If the expanded tables leave less space than expected it is no problem, as long as chairs can be easily pulled back. Drop-leaf tables are a great small-space solution.
How Many to Be Seated?
Dining table set description usually includes the seating capacity, though we recommend to check the measurements of the table and take into account the space per one person left (depending on the number of people you’d like to seat). If you want to squeeze an extra seat in, save 24 inches per place setting. Benches are a good rescue and are cozier in this case.
Tables come in different sizes, so you can easily play with the dining room design and find the right solution to fit your room shape. Oval tables make it easier to pull up an additional seat. Square and round tables come perfect in smaller spots and motivate for conversation. Rectangular tables with variety of widths make it adaptable for the rooms. Kitchen islands are a nice solution for small spaces as well.
What About Height?
If you are buying table and chairs not in the set, but separately, take into consideration that you have to leave 7 inches of vertical space between the table and the chairs. You might like to have either standard or counter-height table. Standard tables are around 30 inches high, counter-height tables are around 34-36 inches. Dining room set reduces stress, as you already know that the chairs and table come in a right height and look perfect together.