Searching for the ideal type of dining room table for your home can be overwhelming. There are several styles, designs and shapes to choose from, so how do you know which shape will work the best in your dining area? The shape and the size are important because the table must allow comfortable seating for your diners as well as leave walking room in the space. Here are a few tips to help with measuring for your table and choosing the best shape for your home.
There’s nothing worse than falling in love with a dining room table, only to get it home and find out it doesn’t fit. So, one of the most important things to do is take measurements of the area in which the table will be placed as well as the measurements of spacing between the table and the walls. For wall-to-table measurements, measure the space from the wall to where the edge of the table will be. For ideal walking space and comfort, it’s best to leave about 42-48 inches between the wall and the table. Remember to measure the space in your home where the dining table will be placed, an easy way to get a visual idea of where the table will be, lay a bed sheet on the floor, fold the sheet into a table shape and then take measurements.
Dining Table Shapes
Dining tables are generally available in round, oval, square or rectangle shapes. The shape of the table is important in determining the amount of space required for the table as well as the comfort level of guests when seated at the table. Features to consider include:
- Round dining tables- Round tables are ideal for smaller spaces. This type of dining table will allow you to fit a table in a tight space, while allowing room for easy conversations and intimate meals. Round tables are typically not suitable for large gatherings, because they are generally made to seat 2-6 people. However, if you prefer a round table and want one that can seat large groups, consider buying a round table that has a removable extension leaf. This will allow you to install the leaf when more space is needed and remove it when it’s not in use.
- Oval dining tables- This shape is similar to both a rectangle and a round table. It is typically longer than a rectangle table, but it has rounded corners similar to a round table. Oval dining room tables are generally long, but narrower than a rectangular table, so it will fit nicely if your home has a long, narrow dining room.
- Rectangular dining tables- This is the most common shape for dining room tables. Rectangular tables are available in a wide range of sizes, but the most common size is 36-42 inches. A rectangular table is ideal for small spaces or in a home with a narrow dining room. Many manufacturers include an extension leaf with rectangular tables that can provide you with as much as 12-24 additional inches when needed.
- Square dining tables- This shape is ideal if you generally don’t have a large group of diners, but leaf extensions are an option. Square tables are ideal for encouraging conversation during meals because the diners are seated within close proximity. A small square table is also the ideal solution if your home has a small, eat-in area in the kitchen.
The most important thing to keep in mind when shopping for a dining room table is that proper measurements are essential. So, always take careful measurements of the space where the dining room will be placed. Take your time when choosing a dining room table and keep in mind that the material used in making the table will also have an effect on the look of the table as well as the required maintenance, so choose materials that you are comfortable caring for.
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