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Who knew dining could come in so many shapes and sizes? The trick is figuring out which one is right for you. While your table’s appearance is important for working with your home’s décor, having it fit the space and offer enough seating is even more critical.Who knew dining could come in so many shapes and sizes?

The trick is figuring out which one is right for you. While your table’s appearance is important for working with your home’s décor, having it fit the space and offer enough seating is even more critical. A general rule is that the dining table should be at least 36 inches wide so there’s enough room for place settings and food but with today’s smaller spaces, such as condos, you will see more 30-inch wide tables and those can work too. Length can be increased by adding leaves – making it possible to seat as few as four and as many as ten or 12.

Here are a few tips for dining table shopping.

1. Optimum space between table and wall is 42-48” to allow for chairs being pulled out. There needs to be similar space between the dining table and other furniture, such as sideboards.

2. To help you visualize how much space you actually have for a table, take bed sheets and fold them into the table’s shape and size and place it on the floor where the table will go. Then measure the wall/furniture-to-table clearance and include the size of table leaves in your calculations.

3. Each person needs about 2 feet of eating space but we all know sometimes you have larger crowds and people have to squeeze in a little.

4. Round tables are great for small spaces. They fit in tight spaces and can seat more people because there are no corners. A pedestal offers more legroom. Round also works really well in square rooms.

5. A rectangular table works well in a long, narrow room or in an open concept space when it is positioned parallel to the kitchen island. Rectangular leaves more room for traffic flow.

6. If you are dealing with some space constraints try a bench instead of chairs on at least one side of the table, especially since you can often push the bench under the table when not in use.

7. Though less popular, square tables can work in a square room. They can also create a more intimate dining experience because everyone is an equal distance apart.

Seating size for a round table.

Manufacturers may offer different recommendations, and you might be able to add more seating for a tighter fit. Keep in mind that a pedestal base allows more seating because there are no corner legs to get in the way of a chair.

Seating size for a rectangular table.

These are the sizes to stick to when looking for rectangular tables. Again, manufacturers may offer different recommendations, and you might be able to add more seating for a tighter fit. 4’ long seats 45-6’ long seats 67’ long seats 88-9’ long seats 1010-11’ long seats

Guaranteed A Fine Furniture has a large selection of dining room tables to choose from. Come in today and let our design experts give you a tour and discover what size is just right for you. 

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