Tips on Getting the Right Dining Table Size

When deciding on the right dining table size, take into account the following:

  • Height – The standard height is 29.5 inches (75 cm). You can go as low as 27.5 inches (70 cm) if you tend to be small frame. Dining chairs should be 18 inches (45 cm) high at the seat.

  • Numbers – Decide how many people you can seat. Each person requires about 24 inches (61 cm) in width. Leave about 4 – 6 inches (10 - 15 cm) in between.

  • Clearance – Keep the table at least 24 inches (61 cm) away from the wall on all sides so that getting in and out is easy.

In general, make sure there is at least 32 inches (80 cm) of space from the table to the walls on each side for people to push their chari away from the table and get up easily. As most tables are 32 inches in width, it means your dining room should be at least 94 inches (240 cm) wide.

As a rule of thumb, you should also allow at least 24 inches (60 cm) in width for each person at the table, and at least one person's width between them. Plus, if your dining table is in the kitchen and the work surface is behind the chair, the distance getween the table and the latter should be about 47 inches (120 cm) so you can sit comfortably at the table while another person works.

Go to these pages for great advice on selecting the right dining table:

Dining Table – Introduction to choosing dining table, including points to consider before making your purchase.

Dining Table Shape - Information on sizing details before buying.

Dining Table Material - Tips on materials that'll affect the mood and style of the dining room.

Dining Table Style - Make a statement and select the right style to add character and flair to your dining room.

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