Measure your dining room.
Tape measure, paper, pen. Knowing the size of the room is the first step in establishing the most functional and fitting dining table for your space. The dining room is a gathering space. Wether with family, friends or just one, choosing the appropriate size table will eliminate most of the guess work and headache in a matter of minutes.
Walkway and other furniture in the dining room.
To properly move around the space we recommend that the table allows a minimum of 40″ from table edge to wall. Another important consideration is if you will have other pieces of furniture, or decor in the space. If this is the case making sure that the 40″ minimum considers those fixtures. While on the topic of 40″ this is also the most common width of table that we build. If a narrow space does not allow for it we do also offer tables at smaller widths but 30″ is the bare minimum we would recommend for seating two across from one another.
Table size per seat.
To comfortably seat a single person we recommend 24″ per chair setting. This will allow for a comfortable place setting and accommodate all most all standard dining table chairs. Another consideration for maximizing seating is the addition of a bench on one or both sides of the table. This will allow for a tighter seating arrangement and requires less space than a chair. Benches are great for kids and tuck away neatly under the table in tight spaces.
Table base clearance.
For most tables the style/design is the main consideration however what is often forgotten is how critical this portion is when considering space and seating. Our most common table options are corner post legs and pedestal style tables. For the post leg option one has to consider the loss of table space due to the size of the leg. For instance a 6′ foot table in our Frederick Farmhouse style should seat 3 on each side (2′ per seat) however with 8″ timber legs on the corners the table can only accommodate 2 per side comfortably.
If the room size dictated the 6′ table length yet 3 were needed to be seated on each side a pedestal style table would be the best option as the base won’t interfere with the seating.
If you aren’t limited by room size we’d recommend a 8′ table to comfortably seat 3 per side, and a total of 8.
Kid friendly considerations.
With almost all of the tables we build family is the main consideration being made and with family comes kids. Kids being the lovable, reckless and sometimes destructive humans we all once were. So that brings up one of our most common questions, “Are my kids going to destroy this?”. Unfortunately anything is possible however we do offer table options that are more resilient to the younger generations sometimes careless activities. With our tables we offer two options in the look of the wood, fully planed and skip planed. The fully planed option is consistent, clean, and perfectly smooth where as the skip planed option has texture variation, has a rustic look and can be easily touched up in the event it endures wear and tear…great for kids.