Determining the right table size for your room

Determining the right size of table for your space can be quite the task. We know that as you browse the website it is very difficult to visualize/conceptualize the sizes without seeing the piece of furniture. We would like to take a few moments to help you in your buying process by giving you a few tips to consider when choosing the right table size for your dinning room. 

  1. The magic number to respect to allow your guests to take their seats is at least 30" between the edge of the table and an obstruction. Please note that it will still be rather cozy at 30" but manageable.  The ideal listed distance between the table and a wall is 48" according to many interior designers.
  2. A few more things to consider is the size your your guests/family members
    • A child or petite woman, for example, may only require 32 inches to pull out the chair and sit comfortably, without feeling boxed in by a wall behind.
    • An average-sized man or woman may be happy with about 36 inches of seating room.
    • A husky man, on the other hand, will need at least 44 inches of space.
    • Someone in a wheelchair will need 54 inches for proper access and comfort.
  3. When sizing the room with respect to the table make sure you do not exceed 6' in distance from the edge of the table to the wall, otherwise the table will look too small in the space and a proper balance will not be maintained.  

A great tip we came across is to use a piece of cardboard, plywood or even a bed sheet when trying to visualize the space it will take up.  Don't forget to include your table leaves if you have them! 

General industry norms guidelines for the quantity of seats for a rectangular table are as follows:  

  • 4' long seats 4
  • 5-6' long seats 6
  • 7' long seats 8
  • 8-9' long seats 10
  • 10-11' seats 12

6 foot rustic table setting

6 foot table example

5 foot rustic table

5 foot table

6 foot table








7 foot table 

Awesome idea: If you have a nice view onto your garden or waterfront, try a bench instead of chairs as the chair backs will be in the way of your view. Also a bench is a great way to get more people around the table and ideal when trying to take up less room as you can tuck it under the table when not in use.


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