When selecting the perfect dining table for your home, shape and size matters. It’s more than simply preferring one shape over another. Of course aesthetics are important but it’s vital you consider the shape and size of your dining room or dining area first before deciding on a table.
Your table needs to allow for the number of diners you want to seat comfortably and still leave enough room to walk around it. The width of your table should be at least 36 inches wide to give ample space for place settings and placing food.
So which shaped dining table is right for your home? Here’s LPC Furniture’s quick tips:
Rectangular dining tables are the most common due to the fact most dining rooms are rectangle in shape, because a rectangle dining room best suits…you guessed it, a rectangle table. Rectangle dining tables are easily suited to families larger than four or for those who need to seat more guests on a regular basis. If you sometimes play host, or you occasionally have extra family to seat, you’d be best suited to an extending dining table.
Typically, as the table length increases, so does the width of the table top, however it’s not uncommon to opt for a narrow rectangular dining table. Narrow tables can work wonderfully in a narrow room, but if the dining table is narrower than 36 inches you may find it find difficult to fit place settings on both sides. If you have to have a narrow table, you might want to consider placing food on a sideboard, so that guests could help themselves before sitting down.
Top Tip: Best suited for seating more than four people.
If your dining room is square, then it follows to opt for a square dining table. This makes the most of an intimate dining experience because everyone is of equal distance apart. Square dining tables are a great solution if you rarely seat more than four people, and an efficient way of using small space. It can be off-putting to have large rectangular tables when only two or three people are going to be present most of the time. Too large a dining table with too little guests will create an impersonal and makeshift experience.
Square dining tables in square rooms will look great mimicking the shape around it. However, the bigger a square table is, the harder it will be to reach for food. If you are looking to seat more than eight people comfortably, you might be better off with an extending dining table, that way you can extend the length instead of buying a bulk large square table.
Top Tip: Two square tables can be grouped together to create a larger rectangular seating arrangement for special occasions.
Ah, the round table, King Arthur’s social table. Another possibility for a square shaped or smaller dining room is a round dining table, arguably the best shape for small gatherings. Everyone can see everyone else, providing a cosier atmosphere and a more intimate, social setting.
With round table, if the leg is centre, you can normally add ‘emergency chairs’ for extra guests quite easily. However, it is not recommended to purchase a large round table if you do not have ample space, because although those seated can see everyone else, you will actually be further away, may have to shout across the table to be heard, and cannot reach any food placed around the middle of the table.
If you do prefer a round table to a rectangular ones but you needs to seat a large number of people from time to time, consider getting a round table with an extension leaf. That way you could use your round table most of the time but extend it when you have company over.
Top Tip: The neat thing about round tables is that you can usually fit one or two more guests at the table in a pinch. The round table is the great equalizer.