Choosing the right size dining room table

While you may assume that bigger is better when shopping for a dining room table, you need to take the space into consideration. That gorgeous, extra wide table may look spectacular in the showroom but it will quickly dwarf a small room. Not to mention, you want your guests to be able to comfortably walk behind the chairs (not squeeze), even when they are occupied.

Average Size

Most dining room tables measure around 30 inches tall with an average width of 36 to 42 inches. While that may not seem like a big difference, six inches can have a positive or negative effect on a room. Unless you absolutely have to, avoid tables that are narrower than 30 inches as things tend to get a little cramped if you have all of the seats filled.

Round or Square?

Although square tables tend to be preferred, if you do a lot of entertaining, round dining room tables are actually ideal because your guests can chat a little easier. Not to mention, since they sit on a pedestal, there are no legs to take up extra space. If you love the look of a traditional square table that seats four people but you know that on occasion you like to invite over an extra couple, consider buying one with a leaf that can be added and invest in two additional chairs that you can store in the spare room.

The Extras

If you have a rug under your dining room table, it needs to measure at least four feet wider and longer than the table. This will allow room on all sides. No one enjoys sitting in a chair half on and half off of a rug.

Also, if you have a large chandelier, your dining room table needs to be 12 inches wider than the piece. This will balance the room and ensure that no one hits their head when they stand up.

  • Edu

    Its funny to see this question ntioght after what happened during dinner today. We had a glass top table and I thought the glass was to thick for my son to break it, I knew he was strong but at dinner he was banging his spoon on the table and the glass split up the middle and flipped on its side allowing the plate to fall and break also. My son is two also, I am so glad he got away without a scratch. According to my husband he must have hit it just right. I am not trying to scare you but thought you needed to hear this for your childs safety.

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  • Table Pads

    Choosing right sizing dining table is very important because if your family is big and you select small table or your family is small and you choose big table is such a worst. So, Always choose best size of dining table that easily fit on your home and your whole family sit together as well.