Choosing the right dining room table for your home can be intimidating, especially since it will often become the primary focus of the room that it is in. When selecting a new dining room table for your home, you’ll want to be sure to consider not only size, but also shape, material, and your particular lifestyle. Here is a guide to choosing the right dining room table for your home and lifestyle.
Consider room size
Room size will of course dictate how large of a dining table you choose to get. The table must be large enough to accommodate a desired number of guests, but it should also provide enough room for guests to be able to walk around the room comfortably. A table should be at least 36 inches wide to allow for both place settings and serving dishes to have space at the table, and there should be at least 42 inches of clearance between the edge of the table and the wall or other furniture pieces so that guests can easily get in and out of their seats. When taking measurements of your table to see if it will suit your dining room space well, be sure to include any leaves that come with the table in those measurements.
If you have only a compact space to work with for your dining area, consider opting for a convertible table with leaves that can either fold down, pushed back under the table’s main surface, or be removed to create a smaller table that will suit your space.
Wood or glass?
Wood or glass? This is the main question you’ll be asking when choosing a material for your dining room table. Wood is particularly durable and generally requires a lot less upkeep, while glass can make for a stunning statement piece but requires extra care to always look clean. Wood will bring a more natural aesthetic into the home, while glass generally creates a more modern feel.
Square, rectangular, or round?
You’ll also have to decide between a square, rectangular, and round shape for your dining room table. Most dining room tables are rectangular because they coordinate with of the shape of the room they are in and seat a larger number of people. They can also be paired with pull-out benches instead of chairs for those who want to save space in a room. A square table, on the other hand, has the advantage of offering more space for serving dishes in the middle of the table and is a great option for those who don’t envision themselves hosting groups of more than eight people. A square table is also a good answer to square-shaped rooms. Meanwhile, circle tables allow for guests to all sit alongside one another instead of being separated by table corners, making including a last-minute guests very easy. They also work particularly well in small spaces. Both square and round tables also tend to make conversation more relaxed, as guests are consistent distances from one another.