How Do I Determine the Proper Dining Table Size for a Room?

How Do I Determine the Proper Dining Table Size for a Room?

When deciding dining table size, consider the amount of chairs at the table, then the clearance around the table and the room’s proportions. The most important thing is allowing sufficient clearance to walk around the table while diners are seated at it.

Seating and Table Size

Comfortable seating should allow 24 to 28 inches of table edge per seat. As an example, a rectangular table 36 to 42 inches wide and 6 feet long can seat six to eight. Round tables up to 60 inches can seat four — or six if the larger table has a pedestal base.

Clearances and Walkways

While recommendations vary, a clearance of 36 to 42 inches from table edge to a wall or other furniture allows adequate space for seating and also a walkway behind the diners. Using this guideline, a dining room 10-by-12-feet long accommodates a table 36 to 42 inches wide and 60 to 72 inches long. The exact same room may fit a 48-inch square or round table with room for extra furniture together one of the walls.

Room and Table Proportions

Maintain your table and space proportions comparable. Round and square tables go best with a square or almost square dining space. Long, narrow dining places need long, rectangular tables. Consider size as well. In case you have a large, rectangular room, let a generous clearance of 48 to 54 inches.

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