How to choose the right size dining table

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industrial dining table chairs and bench

Whether you’ve got a separate dining room, an open-plan kitchen/diner or a table in your kitchen, make your dining space work for you, whatever its size.

We have tables in all shapes and sizes, from compact round styles to generous extendable designs. The first step to creating the perfect dining area is to work out which size is best for the space you have.

Measuring whether your dining table will physically fit into your space isn’t quite enough. You’ll need to figure out how much space you need to allow for everyone to sit comfortably around the table.

The recommended space per person for a typical dining table is 70cm wide (for elbow room) by 90cm deep (to slide out your chair). However, if you are prepared to squeeze in and get cosy for a special occasion you can get away with as little as 50cm wide per person.

What will you use your table for?

__Oak furnitureland wave back chairs and oak dining table

Dorset dining table | Wave back chair

The next thing to consider is the role your dining table plays. Is it a focal point where your household spends a lot of time? Then you’ll most likely want a generously proportioned table or an extendable design that becomes the hub of family gatherings.

Is it in a separate dining room that’s only used for dinner parties? You’ll want to consider how many guests you usually entertain and go from there.

Or, is it somewhere that people use for study or working from home as well as mealtimes? Then you’ll need to consider comfort as well as looks.

Discover our different table sizes

Size of Dining Table Length Width
4 seater dining table 75cm - 90cm 75cm - 90cm
6 seater dining table 118cm - 140cm 75cm - 90cm
8 seater dining table 150cm - 220cm 75cm - 90cm
10 seater dining table 180cm - 280cm 90cm - 100cm

A square four-seater dining table is a good solution if you are limited on space. Choose from fixed size to extendable options depending on which works best for your dining needs.

A six-seater dining table is ideal if your household is likely to grow or if the purpose of the room might change. Above all, be realistic and consider everyone’s comfort, now and in the future.

An 8-seater table is perfect for those with a large family or if you like to entertain. Many of our 8-seaters extend to fit up to 10 around the table, making them an ideal option for Sunday roasts or celebratory meals.

A 10-seater table makes a feature of the space and brings mealtimes and socialising around the table to the heart of family life. Some of our styles seat up to 12 people, offering plenty of room for everyone to gather and enjoy time together.

Choosing the right shape dining table

Oak furnitureland brompton dining set

Brompton dining set

Square, rectangular, round or oval – which size table is best? Round or square tables are great for smaller spaces and more intimate gatherings.

If your room is long, narrow or you simply have more space to play with, rectangular dining tables are a good solution. They’re also great for entertaining large groups of people. If your use of space varies or you often need to cater for guests, consider an extendable dining table.

Don’t forget to take the width and leg position into account. Tables with a pedestal base, slimmer legs or legs positioned at the ends generally allow for more seating. When choosing, try every seat and position to make sure there’s no danger of knocking knees or nudging elbows.

Take a seat on our dining chairs

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Parquet dining table | Bette chairs

Once you’ve decided on your table, take a look at our dining chairs to find the perfect pairing. We’ve got everything from oak and painted options to luxurious upholstered chairs that bring added comfort and style to mealtimes.

Think about table decor

Oak furnitureland burleigh round table with isobel dining chairs

Burleigh dining table | Isobel dining chairs

Consider the table settings and serveware you like for entertaining or day-to-day use. Don’t let a lack of room mean your dining table can’t bring character and flair to your space. Be bold with accessories and add flourishes of colour and linens that blend well with the rest of your scheme.

A sideboard or dresser is the perfect place to store all your crockery, table linens and glassware, offering plenty of space to keep a growing collection of dining props.

We hope that’s helped you think about what to consider when choosing your dining table. Browse our complete dining collection online or pop into your nearest showroom to take a seat at one of our dining tables. Plus, you can also find endless real home inspiration on our Instagram.

Why not pop into your nearest stores and have a seat at one of our dining tables or browse our full collection online.

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