HOW TO CHOOSE A PERFECT DINING TABLE?november 1, 2017
Rectangle? Round? How big? Here’s how to find a dining table that works for your space.
A choice of the dining table is not an easy task. There are so many shapes and sizes. Which one is right for you? The look of your table is important, of course, but making sure it fits your space and gives enough seating is even more critical. How to choose the perfect one? What to look at? Let me guide you through.
A space for one person – Table Dimensions
To assess the right dining table size, first what you need to know is: how much space a single person requires to have a comfortable meal at the table?
We can assume that a minimal required space is 60cm x 40cm. 60cm this is an average width of the human shoulders, and 40cm this is the table depth allowing to place a board, cutlery, and glass.
If somebody prefers to have more comfort and uses during a dinner, for example, multiple wine glasses, then the required space should be a bit bigger – 76cm x 46cm.
A place for dishes – Table Width
It is very important that the dining table has a proper width (depth). Assuming that two people are sitting at the table across each other, we need an extra space between them for dishes and decorations. Therefore a minimal space in the middle of the table should be 25 cm. Not too big though, to allow a normal conversation without shouting.
A dining table should be at a minimum 100 cm wide. You may extend it to (maximum) 125 cm but the most optimal is 110 cm.
Seating capacity – Table Lenght
Table length depends on the number of people that will be sitting at the table.
2 persons – optimal 60cm x 90cm
4 persons – min. 120x90cm – optimal 150cm x 125cm
6 persons – min. 200x90cm – optimal 245cm x 125cm
8 persons – min. 260x90cm – optimal 320cm x 125cm
10 persons – min. 320x90cm – optimal 350cm x 130cm
12 persons – min. 320x125cm – optimal 350cm x 150cm
2 persons – min. 70cm – optimal 90cm diameter
4 persons – min. 90cm – optimal 150cm diameter
6 persons- min. 140cm – optimal 180cm diameter
8 persons- min. 150cm – optimal 210cm diameter
10 persons – min. 180cm – optimal 240cm diameter
12 persons – min. 230cm – optimal 270cm diameter
High dine – Table Height
Another important detail: table height. Always check how high is the seat of the chair you want to put round the table. The standard height of the modern table is 76 cm, but the older models and especially of the vintage ones may vary.
Legroom – Table Legs
When choosing the perfect table, it is good to have a closer look at the table’s legs, how they are placed. It has an impact on your own comfort, you do not want to bump your legs against it, and may limit the number of chairs you can place around the table. The classic rectangular models with legs at each end and the round ones with the pedestal base offer the most legroom.
Weight in the balance – Table Weight
Very often, when buying the table we forget to check how heavy it is. It is not about weighting it, more about how solid and stable is the table. Will it move and shake if you accidentally hit or lean on it? You do not want it.
On the other hand, if you are planning to move your table quite often, do not choose too heavy one.
Size and shape matters – Table Proportions
The table size has to be based on the size of the room. You need to allow for pushing back of chairs and for people to circulate without having to suck in a breath, so 90cm from the walls – or other large furniture items – is the minimum space you’ll need (optimal, if you can allow it is 120 cm). If you want to be able to squeeze a few more at the table for a special occasion, an extendable or drop-leaf table is a safe bet.
A rectangular table works well in a long, narrow room. It leaves more room for traffic flow.
Round tables are great for small spaces. They fit in tight spaces and have no sharp corners to bump into.
Note: Large round tables can make it difficult to reach for food. Rectangular shapes seem to work better for seating very large crowds.
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