The Complete Guide to CHOOSING A DINING TABLE

 

The Complete Guide to
CHOOSING A DINING TABLE

A dining table is a wonderful canvas for curiosity. Friends and family gather around, usually with anticipation, excitement and – depending on the occasion – high expectations. It’s home to everything from staple meals, formal buffets and aperitifs to the unexpected laughter and memorable conversations we take with us. An enduring dining table invites constant embellishment and cleanup without compromise. To select the perfect one, it’s key to decide on the table’s size, shape and materials, so you can have a lasting place for everything the dining space embraces.

 

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size

 

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“How do I know which table will fit in my dining room?”

We’re here to help you find the size dining table that works best with your space. To make sure you have enough
room around your table, a general rule of thumb is to plan for a minimum 3-foot clearance on all sides.


Why 3 feet? This is the minimum clearance that will provide enough room for someone to walk behind the chairs
while others are seated – or to open a door on a nearby cabinet. As you choose your ideal clearance, be sure to
consider the edge of your dining room walls, other furniture and high-traffic walking areas.

A few simple guidelines

SUMMARY

Here are a few simple guidelines for
choosing the right size dining table.

To find your perfect table, begin
by measuring the length and
width of your dining space.

Subtract 6 feet from both the
length and the width to allow
for a 3-foot clearance on all
sides.

The resulting measurement will
be the maximum recommended
size for your dining table. For
example, if you have a room
that has a dining space of 12
feet by 9 1/2 feet, the maximum
size for your dining room table
would be 72 inches by 40 inches.

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SIZE

The best dining table is one that fits beautifully into your space – whether it's a separate room
or an open living area, indoors or out. The table will be a focal point, so choose a size that
makes the most of both function and style.

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SMALL SPACE

A small or extendable dining table is ideal for rooms
short on space. Whether you have a designated
dining room or carve out a cozy area, make sure
there’s at least 24" of length and at least 12" of width
for comfortable dining. A table that’s 4' x 3' seats up
to four guests. A pedestal-base table can
accommodate more – just make sure there’s at least
3' of space from all walls.

 

 

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LARGE SPACE

A spacious dining area lends itself to scaled up
dining furniture with deep-seated chairs. A table
that’s 6' x 4' can seat up to eight guests; at 8' long, a
table can normally seat 10. There should be
minimum 3.5' from all walls and furniture so that
guests can move around comfortably. Luxurious
extras, like sumptuous linens, candles and a rug
add to the ambiance. Think about keeping room for
bar carts, sideboards and buffets to make your
dining experience more convenient, organized
and fulfilling.

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OUTDOOR DINING

Dining alfresco calls for a dining table that weathers
the elements. An umbrella is just as important. Scale
the table to the size of your designated area to make
it inviting and well defined. Make the space ideal for
dining by layering it with textures – like a patterned
rug, cushioned seating and extra linens – and
accenting it with string lighting for dining at dusk
year-round.

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SHAPE

A dining table is the room’s focal point. When it’s centered and detailed with a rich blend of textures, the
table lends balance and harmony. To choose the table that’s best for your room’s configuration, decide on
its overall shape. Our collection is filled with heirloom-quality dining tables in shapes that are optimal for
dining and entertaining.

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RECTANGULAR

Dining rooms are typically rectangular, which
makes a classic rectangular table the most fitting
and preferred shape. It also works well in narrow
or open-plan spaces. The benefits are plenty
when it comes to hosting large parties and
buffets, doubling it as a workspace and dining
comfortably with room to spare
.

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ROUND

Every diner is equidistant at a round table. It’s
naturally curated for intimate conversation and
dining. Because of its accommodating shape, a
round table can also host multiple guests. Sans
edges and corners make it the best choice for
rooms that are kid-friendly or unconventionally
sized. Play close attention to the base, and you’ll
find that round pedestal tables offer ample
legroom for everyone to gather around.

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MATERIALS

Every material has a different aesthetic. Whether you choose uniformity over a mixed arrangement, select
the element(s) that harmonizes and complements your existing space. The surface plane that showcases
your culinary creations and décor should enhance every thoughtful detail. Browse our exceptional wood,
glass, marble and stone dining tables to find the table that indulges it all.

 

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SOLID WOOD

A high-quality solid wood table has an heirloom
quality with a warm, welcoming appeal. The wood’s
natural grain often reveals itself, hinting at its
origins. Unlike many elements, wood adapts to a
variety of shapes and finishes, perfect for innovating
and honoring historic design movements. Solid
wood dining tables, known for their durability and
peerless style, offer countless possibilities.

 

 

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GLASS

Clear and refined, a glass dining table is
contemporary and unobtrusive. It keeps the dining
area open and airy, which makes it ideal for both
smaller spaces and modern styling. Maintenance
is easy and coordinating chairs is pure preference
– choose from metal framed to solid upholstered
seating and you’ll be dining in style either way.

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STONE

Granite and other stone tables are luxe options
with a remarkable look and feel. Their unique
ability to withstand the elements lends them to
both indoor and outdoor use. Although stone is
susceptible to scratches with extended wear, the
markings are proof of the natural element no
matter how high the quality.

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MARBLE

Marble is renowned for its incredible natural
beauty and unique gray veining. Our marble
tables are crafted from Italian Carrara marble for
its exceptional quality and enduring style. The
stone’s classic beauty and graceful appearance
make it suitable to casual and formal dining. A
soft dry cloth makes the table easy to care for and
ideal for hosting a range of occasions.

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