The Right Size Dining Table for Your Space

According to our Design Crew pros, the simplest rule of thumb for determining whether a table will fit in your dining room, kitchen or other dining area:

  • Allow room for 92 cm of clearance on each side of the table. That’s the amount of space you need to pull out chairs from the table, or to walk behind people seated at the table.
  • Take other furniture into account. If you have a sideboard or bar cart against the wall, measure 92 cm out from that piece of furniture.

How To Calculate The Right Size Table:

  1. Measure the length and width of your dining space.
  2. Subtract 184 cm from both the length + width of the room to allow a 92 cm clearance on all sides.
  3. The result is the maximum recommended size for your dining table. For example, if you have a 36 cm x 290 cm space, the maximum size for your table would be 183 cm x 102 cm.

  • For the most versatility, choose an expandable table with leaves that will allow you to seat more people when company comes, but feel more spacious when it’s just your family.
  • For a square room, small space or dual-duty rooms, consider a round pedestal table, which takes up less space and is easier to walk around. Bonus: It’s great for conversation.
  • For tight spaces, consider creating a dining nook in a corner with banquette seating lined up against 1 or 2 walls or use benches, which can slide under the table when it’s not in use.
  • Allow about 61 cm per person at a rectangular table, though you can squeeze in more chairs when needed. As a rule of thumb:
    • A 122 cm long table seats 4
    • A 152-183 cm table seats 6
    • An 203-221 cm table seats 8
    • A 234-274 cm table seats 10
    • A 305 cm table seats 12
    • A 107-122 cm diameter round table seats 4
    • A 152 cm round table seats 6-8

Have questions? Consult our FREE Design Crew for help with sizing tables, pairing chairs and more. Ask in store or learn more.