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KITCHEN & DINING ROOM TABLE SIZE & STYLE GUIDE
When it comes to dining table styles, there’s certainly no shortage of choice on the menu. And with so many factors to consider—from size and shape to space limitations and seating accommodations—we offer a few suggestions to help you find a dining room table you’re sure to savor.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT DINING TABLE SIZE?
The right Dinng Room Table is all about proper proportions. To help you determine a dining table size that works for you, consider the number of people typically gathered around the table and then allow for ample elbow room.
General Guideline: Each person should be allotted about two feet of space to avoid bumping elbows while eating.
When considering dining room table size, don’t forget to take into account passage space/wall clearance. Room permitting, you should leave at least 36 inches (though 48 inches is ideal) between the edge of your table and other furniture (such as a buffet) or the table and the wall.
HOW TO IDENTIFY THE BEST SHAPE?
The most traditional choice, rectangular dining room tables are the best option for large gatherings. They also offer more flexibility in terms of your seating arrangements.
With no sharp corners and a natural sense of flow, a round dining room table can work great in smaller spaces.
If creating an intimate atmosphere appeals to you, consider how a round dining room table can bring people together, and invite conversation.
A pedestal table base is something to savor if having plenty of legroom strikes your fancy.
OVAL TABLE STYLES
Like a round dining room table, oval options have no sharp corners, thus enhancing room flow, which can be especially handy in tighter dining spaces where folks are passing through.
Fans of oval tables find the soft edges evoke a more warm and inviting mood with less formality.
SQUARE TABLE STYLES
If you have a square dining room to work with, consider the symmetry and balance a square dining room tables can bring. Plus, with a leaf, you can expand from square to rectangle…go from casual to formal…and transition from every day to a special occasion.
A square table also fosters a more intimate entertainment experience, since everyone is an equal distance apart.
DINING ROOM TABLES VS KITCHEN TABLES?
Times have changed. Gone are the days when having a dedicated dining room and eat-in kitchen is the norm. Now it’s become more of the exception thanks to open concept living.
In a home with fewer walls and more open space, today’s dining table might also serve as homework hub and/or informal home office—and the kitchen table has to be that much more space-efficient.
Comfy upholstered bar stools and built-in storage can take a modest bistro table to a new level.
BAR AND COUNTER HEIGHT TABLES
Tall and narrow pub tables really rise to the occasion, too, and create a casual vibe.
When it comes to the dining room table and kitchen table sets, sometimes less is so much more.
TABLES WITH STORAGE
Dining room table styles that double as kitchen islands, offer handy storage and boast a space-saving design that lets you tuck the seats under the table when not in use.
For urbanites especially, who long for style but are short on space, a small but multifunctional dining table is ideal, offering plenty of room for storage and a place for your wine collection. Cheers to that.