A dining table can change the feel and functionality of a space hugely. Having something that suits your overall aesthetic will make your dining area feel like home, and the right dining table can be dressed up to suit an elegant party or dressed down for a simple night with friends. Whatever you envision for your dining room though, there are some things that you should take into consideration when you're trying to decide what will work best for you, including the shape and size of the table and the space. Here are some tips to help you find a dining table that works and that you'll love!
One of the most important things to do before you purchase a dining table is to measure! Measure once and then measure again. Take into consideration your dining chairs too, and how far back they will be able to pull out given the space, you leave. If you have a dining table picked out then one great way to see if you indeed do have enough space in your dining room is with the bed sheet trick. Take a large blanket or a bed sheet and fold it into the dimensions of your table. You can then place chairs around this bed sheet and see if everything does fit before you commit to purchasing the table!
When you have to decide what shape your table will be you have about three options, round, rectangular, and square. Round tables are the best tables for when you're low on space, or when you need to maximize space to fit enough people around your table. A 7' round table, for instance, fits nine people, while a 7' rectangular table only fits eight. Rectangular tables usually do fit into a space better, considering how most houses are laid out, and one positive to a rectangular table is that it is very easy to pass dishes around when you're hosting a big dinner. A round or square table can be difficult to pass plates across., Square tables, however, do make for a truly intimate dining experience, and their clean lines match a square dining room perfectly.
Tables will come with a recommended maximum amount of seats, and a sales associate at a store will be able to give you their expert opinion as well. Guests need about two feet of space for eating, and it is good to have a bit of extra clearance for when you have a large gathering and need just a little bit of wiggle room for additional guests at big events.
No matter what design rules there are, though, you should always try to find a table that suits your tastes as well. You're the one who is going to be looking at this table every day, and if it is a good quality table that could be for the rest of your life! Find something that makes you smile, and then design the space around it to make it fit instead of the other way around. You want to have something that makes you happy, so focus on that first.
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