There are two key aspects to the appropriate size of the dining table: the dimensions and shape of the room you are planning to buy it for and the number of people sitting and eating at the table. The kitchen or dining room you are planning for the dining table will dictate most of the fine details you need to choose from. The guidelines below will help you determine what type of dining table you should choose for your dining area.
The room’s size.
The best way to determine the size of your dining table would be to measure the room and ensure that people can push their chairs back and stand up comfortably at least three to four feet on each side of the table. It will be too overwhelming to set a small, dainty table in a large and spacious room, making the table look smaller than it actually is. On the other hand, in a small space, a large table will not allow room for people to rise from the table and move around. It will therefore be vital to find the right size table for the room.
The table’s height.
While most dining tables are about 30 inches tall, some vary according to style. Chairs that are normally span an average of 18 inches from the seat down to the floor to accompany dining tables. Pay attention to these heights because when sitting at your dining table, you want to allow ample room for the legs of people. In general, the allowance between the bottom of the tabletop and the top of the seat should be about 12 inches.
The room size does not necessarily dictate whether the table should be large or short. As a matter of fact, there are very beautiful-looking bar-type tables that fit into small space for two people with bar-style chairs. The bar stools should still follow the same guidelines, however, to ensure that the diners have sufficient leg room.
The table’s size.
You should select a dining table that provides at least 24 to 30 inches of surface area for each person to allow each person to have ample elbow space when eating. If you buy a rectangular table, you’ll need to add about 12 inches of surface space for people sitting at the table’s foot and head. Picture the table in the room for which you are buying it. Is it going to look proportionate to the room? Is the dining room going to swallow up the table? Will the room’s table look overwhelming? These are important factors when you buy a dining table.
When taking room and dining table measurements, keep in mind that if you want to sit for six people, you should aim for a round table measuring about 60 inches or a rectangular table measuring about 72 inches.