How to Choose the Best Dining Table for your Home

by | Dec 21, 2022

When it comes to deciding on the right dining table, there are some fundamental considerations to take on board before you can decide on the best fit for you and your home.

In this article we look at:

  1. The size and shape of the room you’re putting your dining table in, as this will determine the size and shape of the table you choose.
  2. The available space around the table for pushing chairs out when seated and the space around doors and drawers
  3. The look and feel that you want of the room.

The size and shape of the room 

Consider the shape of your dining room! Not all rooms are square or rectangular, so it’s important to imagine where you want your dining table so that it doesn’t look out of place or compromise space.

If your room is large, then you should think about a larger table that suits the space and won’t look over whelmed by the room size. Chunky, wooden dining tables would suit this size of room.

If you’re working within a smaller space, a round table could be more appealing as the pedestal leg will look less intrusive and take up little space.

It’s a good idea to actually measure the room itself, so you know exactly what dimensions you’ve got to work with.

Tip! Most dining tables come in the following sizes:

Rectangular or Oval Dining Tables 

2 people = 51 to 102cm (about 3.35 ft)

4 people = 104 to 140cm (about 4.59 ft)

6 people = 142 to 175cm (about 5.74 ft)

8 people = 178 to 213cm (about 6.99 ft)

10 people = 216 to 254cm (about 8.33 ft)

12 or more people = over 254cm (about 8.33 ft)

Round or Square Dining Tables 

2 people = 60 to 90cm (about 2.95 ft)

4 people = 92 to 120cm (about 3.94 ft)

6 people = 120 to 150cm (about 4.92 ft)

8 people = 152 to 180cm (about 5.91 ft)

10 or more = 183 to 254cm (about 8.33 ft)

Once you’ve decided on the number of people you need to cater for, you can choose the right length of dining table. It’s always a good idea to make a cardboard template to test out how it works with the space you have.

If you’re going to be using your dining table daily for family meals, then you’ll need to think about how easy it is to access it.

Width of the table 

As a general rule, there should be enough space to pass plates across the table easily and to be able to place serving plates and dishes along the centre of the table. To do this with ease, the width of the dining table shouldn’t exceed 120cm. Equally, if you’ve got another surface, such as a sideboard or buffet table to place serving dishes on, you can get away with a much narrower table – as narrow as 80cm (about 2.62 ft)

Available space at and around the table 

It’s all well and good to have a dining table that suits the room size, but a big factor to consider is the one of space around it.

Consideration needs to be taken of the seating arrangements. A big decision as you want your guests and family to feel comfortable when dining. Ideally, you should allow 60-66cm (about 2.17 ft) for each person. This diminishes the risk of bumping elbows whilst eating and taking food from the centre serving plates.

In order for your guests to sit down comfortably, there should be at least 90cm (about 2.95 ft) around all sides of the table and chairs. This will allow guests to pull their chairs back to sit down and push them back when leaving the table, without being restricted by walls, doors or other furniture items.

Standard table heights are around 80cm (about 2.62 ft), so you should aim to have 26-30cm (about 11.81 in) of space between the seat and the top of the table. This should be increased if you’re thinking of armchair style seats if you want them to be pushed under the table.

If you don’t have enough space to accommodate chairs, then you could consider replacing chairs with benches which can be real space savers in small rooms.

The legs of the table will also be a factor when considering a dining table. In the main, pedestal tables take up less ground space, thin legs open up space and thick legs close up the space.

The look and feel of the room  

This is just as important as the size and shape of the table itself.

If you have a large room, then a fragile, delicate table can look too small for the space. Equally, a heavy wooden table will look overbearing in a small space.

Consider the way you’re going to use your dining room. Is it to be a sanctuary in the home, a place for lively family meals or a multi-task room requiring office or craft space? All of these questions are important when choosing the right dining table.


  1. Measure the entire space of your dining room
  2. Make a template of the length and width of the table you need and place it on the floor.
  3. Ensure that you can walk around the space easily and that you’re not compromising door and drawer functionality. Ensure you have at least 90cm (about 2.95 ft) clearance space on all table sides. Decide on the table legs.
  4. Decide on the style of dining table and the chairs that will complement it. Consider the space needed to push the chairs out when getting seated.
  5. Does it achieve the look and feel you want to create in your dining room?

By starting out with the right information, you’ll make your decision making process simple and design a dining room fit for your purposes for years to come.

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