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How to pick a Dining Room Table for your space

So it’s time to buy a new dining room table. A good dining room table should last at least five to ten years. Looking for the perfect dining room table set can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. By planning accordingly and measuring your space, you can find the table of your dreams. Measure Your Space

Step 1

First things first, grab that tape measure! Start by measuring the length and width of your dining room area. Once you have the full dimensions of the room, you will need to subtract room for movement on each side. It’s recommended that you leave between 36 to 48 inches between each table edge and any furniture or walls.

Step 2

Take chair protrusion into account when coming to your ideal spacing. If you’re unsure how far the chairs will protrude, overestimate your room for movement. The saying “It’s better safe than sorry” definitely applies in this situation.

Step 3

Once you decide what spacing (36 to 48 inches) works best for you, subtract that number from each wall of your dining room area, coming to the maximum dimension for a table in that space. If you measure incorrectly, you run the risk of ending up with a poorly fitted table or chair marks all over your walls. Measuring your space is the most important part of picking your dining room table, so check your measurements a few times.


For added assurance: Upon selection of your dream table, take blue electrical tape and measure out the table on your floor. This will ensure that the table you’ve selected fits in your space.

Pick Your Shape

Now that the hard part is over, it’s time to pick out your dining room table. When you start your search, take table shape and supports into account. To avoid a cramped dining room, your table should correlate with the shape of your dining room. Circular and square tables do best in square rooms, while oval and rectangular tables do best in rectangular rooms. The shape of your table also depends on the table’s daily use and function. If you have a big family or enjoy hosting dinner parties, you will need a larger table than someone who eats out every night.


Urban Natural Tip: On the fence about going large or small? Check out Extension Tables. Extension tables allow you to add a leaf (a table insert that adds length) to the center of your table for times when you need extra space. If you choose an extension table make sure you adequately measure your dining room for times when the leaf is assembled.

Choose Your Supports

Table supports are important because they are what allow or hinder additional seating at your table. If you want the ability to squeeze a lot of people around your table, a pedestal support (a single support in the middle of the table) will allow for more seating room than a table with wide legs. Ask yourself how many people you plan to accommodate daily and during bigger events to decide what type of table supports will work best for you.

Style Guide

When you’re making a big purchase, you want to make sure that you pick a style you will love for years to come. That Millennial Pink table might be all the rage now, but a few years down the line you won’t want to regret such a big investment.

  • Natural wood tables never go out of style because they’re durable and easy to maintain.
  • Glass tables are great for small spaces because they create an open and spacious appearance.
  • Wood veneer can be a budget-friendly alternative to natural wood.
  • Metal tables are durable and low maintenance because they’re unlikely to be damaged.

Don’t forget to take your lifestyle and home decor into account when deciding between table mediums. A glass table could equal hours of maintenance if you have little ones with sticky fingers running around the house.

Mix and Match

Don’t be afraid to mix and match! If you’re unable to find that perfect dining room table set, pairing different styles and modalities can be a fun way to add character. When you’re mixing different products make sure you’re allowing for enough clearance between the chair and table so no one feels scrunched. Don’t forget to account for people crossing their legs!


Now you have all the tools to find your perfect dining room table set. Still, need help finding the perfect addition to your dining room? We’d love to help.

  • Ali Qari

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