How To Select The Right Size Dining Table
Figuring out what size table is best for your space can be confusing, but we're here to help! Follow our step-by-step guide and by the end, you'll be armed with all of the information you need to shop with confidence.
STEP 1: Seating Capacity
Determining how many people you want your new table to seat is a great place to start. Chair widths vary, but here's a simple guideline of seating capacity based on table shape.
5' - Seats 6 people (2 on each side and 1 on each end)
6' - Seats 6 people (2 on each side and 1 on each end)
7' - Seats 6 people (2 on each side and 1 on each end)
8' - Seats 8 people (3 on each side and 1 on each end)
9' - Seats 8 people (3 on each side and 1 on each end)
10' - Seats 10 people (4 on each side and 1 on each end)
36-54" - Seats 4 people
60" - Seats 8 people
48" - Seats 4 people
54" - Seats 5-6 people
60" - Seats 6-7 people
STEP 2: Map out your dining area using tape
Take a roll of blue painters tape and lay out the shape and size of the table you want on the floor. It may take a few attempts and do-overs, but this will help those of us who have trouble visualizing a layout. When doing this, consider the location of any overhead lighting you may want to center your table under, and any windows in the room that the table should be centered with.
When you're happy with the size, shape and position on the floor, grab a tape measure and take note of the length and width of your layout.
Now that you have your measurements, refer to the seating capacity breakdown and compare the size and shape of the table you want with the number of people you want it to seat.
Allow for at least 3 feet of clearance around all sides of your table. This will ensure that there's enough clearance to walk behind chairs when they're slid into the table, and enough room to comfortably scoot a chair back when sitting down or standing up.
If the table you need doesn't allow for at least 3 feet of clearance, consider using benches rather than chairs. Benches seat more people and can tuck under the table when not in use, allowing for more clearance.