Choosing the right size, finish and style of Dining Table for your space.

Choosing the right size, finish and style of Dining Table for your space.

Here’s a step by step guide to measuring for your dining room kitchen table.

Step 1: 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.

*Sizing Tip (Walkways and other furniture)  – suggested walkway width

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.

*Measuring Tip – Suggested 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.

Step 2: Consider your dining 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.

Step 3: Kid friendly considerations.

With each table we build – we want to consider the family and guests that will be gathering around it. Kids are often part of this conversation as the lovable, reckless and sometimes destructive humans we all once were. This brings up one of our most common questions, “Are my kids going to destroy this table?”.

As with any solid wood furniture piece – scratches, dents, or dings are possible over time. However we do offer table options that are more resilient to the younger generations  – occasionally careless activities. With our tables we offer two popular wood finish options; 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. Upgrading to a solid reclaimed oak dining table offers an even more durable table surface!

Step 4: Get Started.

Now that you have the basics figured, jump over to our online store and shop a variety of our most popular table styles, sizes, and finishes. Still seeking more ideas – browse our current portfolio of dining tables. 

Need assistance with the rest of the process – reach out with your size and any style inspiration and we’ll begin the conversation for your custom dining table build!



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