How To Choose The Perfect Dining Table

March 29, 2018

How To Choose The Perfect Dining Table

Shopping at furniture stores for a beautiful dining set can be a tough challenge. With so many options and styles for you to choose from, there are a lot of questions to ask yourself. What is the main purpose of this dining set? Will you be using the dining set for important life events or everyday dinners? There's a lot to decide!

If you plan to host holiday meals at this dining table, opting for a bigger size might be best. But first things first, you want to select the right shape of dining table. How do you know which one's best? Take a look at the room you're purchasing it for! To help make this decision easier, our tips will help you choose the perfect shape and size for your space.

Room Size
This is the most important! If your dining table is too small or too big, nothing else will work in that space. You'll want enough room for each person to sit comfortably and push their chair back from the table. Therefore, you’ll need at least 26 inches between the edge of the table and the wall to make that a reality.
If you want a dining table with a large number of seats, consider what the space will be like with people actually in those seats. If your room isn’t that big, this won't be a comfortable scenario and we recommend going for something smaller with less seating. Remember, your guests comfort is far more important than your aesthetic desires.
Table Size
Table size is important for any dining table. You want a good size without compromising the comfortability of the room. You should have a minimum of 24 inches of table surface for each guest, and if you're feeling generous and want to give some extra elbow room, allow for up to 30 inches total per person.
Keep in mind that if your table is rectangular, you should add an extra 12 inches at each end for the people who are seated at the head and foot of the table. If you want the option of a large table for special occasions but not everyday meals, consider purchasing a dining table with a removable leaf. That gives you the freedom to make your table larger or smaller anytime.
Table Height
Dining tables tend to be about 30 inches high with each chair coming in at about 18 inches from floor to seat. You'll want to keep this in mind if you're looking for ample lap and leg room for you and your guests. As a rule of thumb, you should always allow at least 12 inches between the seat of the chair and the top of the table.


Dodd’s Furniture has a vast selection of dining tables including some beautiful sets from Ashley furniture. No matter what your tastes may be or what your space looks like, we have something for you. Come into one of our furniture stores today or check out our selection here!