How to Choose the Right Dining Table

With Thanksgiving and the holidays just around the corner. I wanted to share a few guidelines on choosing the right dining table since we all are likely to do some kind of entertaining in the next month or so.

No.1 Choosing the right size

Floor plan with Dining Table
Floor plan with Dining Table

I recommend choosing a table that fits your space. The rule of thumb is to allow 30″ -36″ from the edge of the table to the wall or nearest piece of furniture. This allows for movement around the table even when guests are seated. In the floor plan I did above, we allowed more room by choosing a narrower table that was 36″ wide. However, we could have gone with a wider table of 42″ and still had plenty of room.

No.2 The right shape

If you have a square room for example 12′ x 12′ or a room that is 12’x 14′, but you place a server or buffet on the wall which leaves you with almost a 12′ x 12′ room. you might consider a 6′ round table or a square table instead of a rectangular table. This will fit the proportion of the room better. Just use the above guidelines to be sure you have the right amount of space to move around the table.

No.3 The right material

What your table is made of is a major consideration. You’ll want to take into account the style of your space and the function of the table.

White painted table Shabby and Charme
Live edge breakfast table
Glass Dining Table Kahn Design Group
Vintage Swedish Farm Table

You can go with a crisp, cottage look with a painted table, add texture with a live edge table, keep it light with a glass top, go vintage with an antique, or have a table created out of reclaimed lumber. You’ll want to consider what the table feels like, how easy it is to care for, and how it will hold up to your use. If you want to keep it eco-friendly, you can rescue an old table with a painted finish, find a vintage piece, or use reclaimed lumber. Hopefully, some of the above images will give you some ideas.

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