Picking the right dining table is important. It needs to be comfortable and stylish, but suit your unique lifestyle.
At Dovetail, we supply a wide range of dining tables. With only the best brand-named furniture on offer, we are sure you will find the perfect set-up for your home.
However, with so many designs, colours, sizes and shapes on offer, it can be difficult to know where to start. But don’t worry! Have a read our handy guide and soon you will find your perfect match.
How do I know what shape to choose?
This part is quite straightforward. The shape of your dining table will be determined by the shape of your room. For instance, your room may be a long rectangle, so an oval or rectangle table will best compliment your space. You may live in a small flat and need a table for your kitchen-come-dining room. A square and circular table will make the most of your limited space.
What are the suitable measurements?
This is the most important factor for your dining table, so it is crucial to get right. The last thing you want is to scratch the wall every time you pull out a chair! For this stage, we recommend getting out your measuring tape.
To rise and push back your chair comfortably, a minimum gap of 36 inches from the table edge to the wall is needed. However, the more space the better. We suggest 42 to 48 inches to be safe.
Don’t be greedy with your table size. If the size of your room will only allow you to seat 8, don’t opt for a 12-seat table. Less is more when aiming for a comfortable fit. However, if you are desperate for a larger table, there are ways to cheat! Removable leafs allow you to extend your table for special events – but remember to check if it fits in your room when full size.
Each guest requires at least 24 inches of table space. Make sure an additional 12 inches are added for rectangular tables where people are seated at the head and foot.
Hate being elbowed while trying to eat? 30 inches of table space ensures adequate elbow room! Also, if a member of your family is known for their long legs, tables with pedestal bases (a single, centre leg for support) provide extra leg room. This prevents a tangle of table legs and chairs too.
The height of your dining table is very important. The majority of tables are 30 inches high, while chairs are 18 inches (measured from the base to the seat). The 12 inches of space between the table top and chair seat will provide comfortable leg and lap room.
How many people will my table seat?
Different table shapes will seat different numbers of people. For example, circular tables will generally seat less than rectangular ones. Be sure to take this into consideration when browsing.
The following measurements determines the number of people that can comfortably be seated:
► 72 inches – 6 people
► 96 inches – 8 people
► 120 inches – 10 people
► 36 to 48 inches – 4 people
► 60 inches – 6 people
► 72 inches – 8 people
Which designs and materials will best suit my room?
With so many dining tables to choose from, you are bound to find a design which compliments your space. For a modern, contemporary feel, a combination of metal and wood is a great choice. It creates an industrial look, which is on trend at the moment. Sharp angles and sleek angles add to the effect.
Searching for a more traditional design? Minimal design and chunky legs provide a practical, classic look, while reclaimed wood creates a warm, rustic style. If you’re looking to brighten up your room, a whitewash finish is the perfect choice. For the opposite effect, dark wood create a dramatic look in brighter rooms.
Remember to choose a design and material that suits your lifestyle. If you have children, you need a hard-wearing table that withstands stains, scratches and spills. Reclaimed wood is a great choice, as its distressed looks will mask any dents and add additional character.
Where can I browse for dining tables?
Dovetail Furniture offer a wide range of dining furniture for your home. You can have a look on our website (including our dining table clearance sale) or at our Norwich superstore.