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Congratulations! You’ve finally decided it’s time to upgrade from the hand-me down dining table you got from your in-laws 10 years ago. So what’s next for you? Round? Square? Rectangle? Kidney Bean (just kidding)? You probably have a good idea of what shape fits your space based on what you currently have. But what about size? Bigger, smaller, or the same? Let’s figure out what your options are by taking a look at your space and your needs. By following some simple rules, you can ensure your next table is perfect! 

  1. 36” minimum of clearance on all sides – This will allow guests ample room to pull chairs out and walk behind others who are seated. You can fudge this down a couple inches if you and your family are of small-average size, but you could create awkward situations if you have a larger person seated. On the other hand, allowing for more than 36” clearance creates an open feel around your table. The easiest way to calculate this is to measure the space for your table (not counting adjacent furniture) and subtract 6 feet both ways. The result is the max size for your new table.
  2. 24” per person MINIMUM – Each person should have at least 24” of space to eat comfortably at your table. 30” is even better. At this distance, you can still squeeze an extra person in in a pinch. But if your standard seating is less than 24” a person, that becomes difficult to do.
  3. Be aware of your surroundings – Remember measuring your space means the space of the table, not the room. So if your room has a buffet, bar cart, or other piece of furniture, be sure there is at least 36” between the table and the other fixtures in the room.
  4. Size does matter… but so does shape – There are advantages to round or curved vs. square or angular and vice versa. A round table is going to work well in a small or squared space, take up less room, and is easier to walk around. But you will lose a little bit of surface and seating area. An angular table gives you more surface area and seating but could be awkward in a tight space.
  5. Height – The standard height for a table top surface is 30 inches and the standard seat height for dining chairs is 18 inches. This is important if you are considering using chairs that are not traditionally used as dining chairs. If they have a seat height of 18 inches, they will probably work. Be sure to consider armrest height as well, making sure they won’t interfere with pulling a chair underneath the table.
  6. Inserts – A table that can expand and contract with inserts can be useful. Expand it when you’re entertaining and break it down for everyday use. Just be sure the fully opened table fits in your space. 

At Furniture Solutions in Wilder, Kentucky, we have numerous tables and styles for you to choose from. Shop online or come visit our showroom!