Rectangle, square, oval, round? Choose the perfect table shape for your dining room!
A dining room table is a substantial piece of furniture that doesn’t usually come cheap. Buying a new dining room table is a huge decision to undertake. Your dining room table might not work for you anymore or you might have one that you inherited and no longer want.
So how to choose a new dining room table shape that will work for you and your new requirements? Choosing the perfect table shape depends on a number of things, mainly the number of people you usually seat and the shape and size of your dining room.
If you are lucky enough to have a dining room that is big enough to accommodate a number of table shapes, personal preference might come into play. However, it is better to remember that some dining room table shapes are better in creating a harmonious flow in a room layout and function better in busy households.
Here are some most popular shapes to help you ascertain which one would suit your lifestyle and family needs best.
Rectangular Dining Table Shape
This is one of the most popular table shapes and has been for centuries. The reason is quite simple. A rectangular dining table can seat a crowd without taking up too much extra space. If you usually have a lot of people over for dinner, choose a rectangular dining room table, which is narrow and long with chairs placed around, LuxeDecor helps you with it.
A pro tip to make your rectangular dining room table feel less like a boardroom table is to choose casual homey chairs. You can also choose an extendable table that can shrink into a table of smaller proportions for everyday use and extend when you have people over.
Here is an amazing rectangular dining table that looks amazing and can seat a small crowd.
There is also a choice to arrange extra seating options, which can come quite in handy when you are hosting a party. Let’s consider the following dining table for example.
Without an additional setting, it can already seat a lot of people. But if you move the wooden bench, placed along the wall, to one end and the rest of the chairs to the opposite end, you have a lot of seating space, which creates a welcoming and cozy environment.
Closer seating will also ensure that your family and friends have a casual and personal dinner time. If you have a narrower dining room, choose a dining table, which is no less than 36 inches wide to leave ample space for place settings.
You can place food and drinks on a side buffet if there is not much space for them on the table. This works fine for larger gatherings. This table shape also works well if you have limited space without dominating the whole space. But make sure there is at least 3 feet of space on either side of the table for better movement, room flow, and appearance.
Square Dining Table Shape
Square table shape is much more suitable in a square room and can seat a good number of people. A much better solution, if you usually have a lot of people to feed, is an extendable square dining room table.
The square shape with its equal sides provides an intimate setting, which can help you set a warm, welcoming a cozy mood during dinner time. It also works best for a small family, who will be placed further apart at casual dinner time when seated at a rectangular dining room table.
If you choose a square table shape, choose rounded chairs with it to soften the harsh lines, such as this one.
Placing a flower arrangement in the center will also provide a homey vibe and lend a designer feel to your interiors. Expecting guests? You can join two square dining tables to seat more people as shown below.
Oval Dining Table Shape
Oval table shape is not that popular, but it gives a sense of a luxurious feel to a room, making every meal feel like a special occasion. These contemporary style tables are usually sculpturally astounding. To save leg space, we suggest choosing an oval dining table with a pedestal that adds an ornate feel, while enhancing functionality.
Oval table shape has the ability to accommodate more people at the table without making it feel like a tight fit. If you short on space, choosing an oval dining room table can be a good idea, as it takes up less space due to its rounded corner, which is ideal for narrow, smaller rooms.
The gently rounded lines promote better room flow and movement. We suggest using chairs in a similar color to help make the room feel spacious, such as this one.
Round Dining Table Shape
Square dining room table shape is not the only suitable option for small, intimate gatherings. With a round table, like the one shown below, it is easier to pass food around and carry conversations with everyone at the table.
However, they are not ideal for larger gatherings. A big enough round table, that seats a lot of people, will move guests away from each other quite a bit. Moreover, most dining rooms are not shaped or sized to accommodate a large round dining room table.
Another thing to keep in mind is that a round table will usually occupy more visual space than any other table shape, so it’s better to choose a glass round dining table than a wooden or marble one like the one showed below. A visually solid material, like wood, will shrink your space to look much smaller than it really is.
These are some basic guidelines that can help you choose a dining room table shape that will work best with your dining room size and shape, as well as your needs. Whether you want intimacy during dinner time, or the ability to host large gatherings of people at your home, these guidelines will help you make the ultimate purchasing decision to select a dining room table that you will love for years to come.
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