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Dining Room Tables – Pick the Right Size

Dining rooms are an integral part of any home. There are so many different functions or purposes for a dining room: entertaining, eating or for just the design factor. While the chandelier that lights up the whole room may take focus,  it is the dining room table that will serve the most function.

You want a dining room table that will fit your needs. The more people you expect to entertain the more table space you should have. Rectangular tables are great if you expect a lot of guests. On the other hand, if you don’t plan on entertaining as much, or have fewer guests frequenting your home, round tables might be better for you.

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The space and comfort of your diners is important. You want to give them their own personal zone where they aren’t sitting on top of each other. Try to buy a table that fits the number of people you want that allows them each to have their own space of 2′-3′. Also, in relation to space, you don’t want the table taking up the whole room. Leave your guests enough room to move around, so leave a couple of feet between the table and the walls so no one feels cramped or cornered.

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Dining room tables are an investment that should last you a long time. If you feel that over time your needs will grow or if you know that occasionally you will entertain more, but the majority of the time you will entertain small groups, you should find a table that have extensions. When you have many people coming over, you want to maintain a uniform look, instead of having extra tables scattered all over the place.

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Rectangular and round tables have different size guidelines per seat when you’re trying to figure out the size:

  • For rectangular tables, the length of the table should be proportionate for every seat needed. For every one seat you require, add 12″ and the resulting sum is how long your rectangular table should be. (Example: need 8 seats, the length of your table should be 96″ 8 x 12)
  • For round tables, they follow a different scale. Since round tables are mostly used for smaller groups, they are not offered in as large sizes as rectangular ones. The more guests you want to place in a round table, they get a decreasing amount of space. Respectively, if you have a table that seats 4, each diner should add 12″ to the diameter (you need a table with a diameter of 48″= 4 x 12), if you have a table that seats 6, each diner should add 10″ (you need a table with a diameter of 60″ = 6 x 10), if you have a table that sits 8, each diner should add 9″ (you need a table with a diameter of 72″ = 8 x 9)

 

 

 

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