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What Size Dining Table Do I Need?

| Jared at James+James

 

Figuring out what size table is right for your space can be confusing and frustrating. Luckily, with a few simple tips, it doesn’t have to be.

We build thousands of tables each year and here’s what you need to know to be a table sizing pro:

 

Tip 1: Seating Capacity

Figuring our how many people you want to seat at your table is a great place to start. Chair widths vary, but as a general rule:

For Rectangular Tables:

6’ tables seat 6 loved ones
8’ tables seat 8 loved ones
10’ tables seat 10 loved ones
12’ tables seat 12 loved ones

For Round Tables:

48” tables seat 4 loved ones
54” tables seat 5-6 loved ones
60” tables seat 6-7 loved ones

For Square Tables:

46” tables seat 4 loved ones
55” tables seat 4-8 loved ones
60“ tables seat 8 loved ones 
66” tables seat 8 loved ones

 

Tip 2: Painters Tape

Use painters tape to draw a table on the floor. This will really help you visualize the new table in your space. Then simpleytake a tape measure and measure what you drew on the ground with painter’s tape. If you can maximize your space with a 6.75’ table, perfect. That’s what we’ll build. 

 

Tip 3: Spacing Rules

If you know the room’s dimensions, but don’t have access to the space, here’s a spacing tip that will really help with the math.

  • You want at least 3 feet of clearance around all four sides your table. This is the minimum that will allow for a chair to be pushed back when someone stands up or for someone to be able to slide behind a chair that’s pulled up to the table. 
  • If you really need to maximize seating for a space, you might consider a bench along one or both sides instead of chairs. You can seat more people at a bench than chairs when needed and you can tuck it under the table when not in use.

 

Still need help? Let one of our design coordinators help! 

Shoot us an email james@carpenterjames.com or give us a call 479-633-7557.
We’d love to help guide you to the perfect dining table size and shape for your space.

Now that you’ve got your size figured out, let’s take a dive into finish options. What color is best for your space?