What to Consider When Choosing a Dining Room Table

May 29th, 2013 Paul Dekker

Your dining room table should serve as a congregation area for you and your loved ones, but it should also represent your family.  With a myriad of styles available, how can you select the best option for you? Start by taking these important factors into consideration as you shop around for your new dining room staple!

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Think about how you will use your new table and go from there. Are you an entertainer? Will it be used as grounds for weekly gatherings with friends or strictly special occasions? Is it an extension of the kitchen? Will it be the location of your child’s messy arts and crafts?

Based on your answers to these questions is how you can choose a style that fits your needs. An entertainer may choose a more eclectic, ornate design as opposed to a durable, traditional style that can withstand wear and tear.


It’s important that whatever table you choose fits the scale of your room. You want your guests to feel comfortable and not “squished” between the table and wall. Not too big, not too small, but just right.

For a general idea, the maximum width of a table should be 48”. Anything else can cause difficulty passing dishes and conversation. The minimum width of a table should be 36”. Any less and you will have difficulty with space for place settings and food.


Deciding on a shape is just as important as the size. Certain shapes can throw off the balance of a room and make a room feel even smaller.

A rectangle shape is the most common shape for a dining room table. They fit every room perfectly as most rooms are rectangle or square. Also, they can often be extended for larger parties.

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