One of the most asked questions we get is "what is the right size dining table for my space?" It's a question that's often answered with more questions. What are the dimensions of the room you're working with? How many people are you looking to seat? These are important factors to take into account when determining the best size dining table for you.
Most dining tables are made according to standard measurements. The standard width is 36-40 inches while standard height is 29-31 inches.
The length varies depending on how many people the table sits. The seating number varies due to the differences in leg layout of the table and chair sizes.
Here's some additional tips for determining the best size table for your space:
To determine the table length, allow 1' per person you intend to sit. This allows room for people to sit comfortably, but you can squeeze in an extra person if need-be.
Allow for 2-3' of clearance on each side of the table. This allows for ample space when pulling out seats. 3 feet is the ideal amount of space, but, if you want to squeeze in a table, 2 feet is sufficient.
Take other furniture into account. To go with the last tip, make sure there's ample space between other pieces and your table.
Another important factor to take into account when selecting a table for your space is the type of dining chairs you'd like to use.
Most regular dining chairs, also called side chairs, are arm-less. These chairs are very adaptable and can be used for multiple functions, which is why they have become the most common type of chair for all dining positions, including the head of the table.
The average seat height ranges from 16-22 inches. The average seat width is 15.5 inches in the back and 18 inches in the front. The average depth of the seat is 16-18 inches.
A good rule-of-thumb to follow would be to allow 12 inches of space between the seat and table to give sufficient leg room.
If you desire a more traditional dining space, you might opt for an armchair at the head of the table.
Armrests typically have an additional 7-9 inches in height from the seat, while the average width at the front of the chair is 19 inches.
You should take into account the additional height that the arms provide and allow about 7 inches of space between the armrest and the apron, if your table has one, or the underside of the table. This allows for ample space when tucking the chair in.
The apron of the table is another important factor to consider when adding armchairs to a dining space.
The apron, also called skirt or skirting, refers to the portion of the dining table that is vertically positioned beneath the table top. This serves to hide any corner blocks, bracing, or any mechanical pieces underneath the table. The Colonial Plantation Rectangle Dining Table Weathered Teak, pictured to the left, is a great example of a table with an apron.
Aprons are typically 1.5-3 inches in height.
An alternative to a table with an apron would be a slab-style table. These tables forgo the apron, opting to instead show the table internals with pride. The lack of an apron allows for extra space for armchairs so they can be neatly tucked in.
Gathering tables, also known as counter-height tables, follow dining table standards for length and width, while the height is usually 36 inches.
These tables are great for informal dining spaces, such as breakfast nooks. They can also be repurposed as a standing desk!
Gathering tables are typically fitted with counter chairs these chairs have the same standards for width and depth as dining chairs, but have an average height of 24-26 inches. This allows for the 12 inches of space that is recommended between your counter-height table and seat.