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Finding the dining table and chairs you love can make it much easier to entertain in style. Whether your style leans towards casual or traditional, it’s easy to discover design options to suit your taste in home decor. You can further refine your selection by choosing dining room chair covers and other accessories to beautifully highlight the atmosphere you’d like to create. Before you move on to that step, join us at Pottery Barn to learn easy ways to map out the right table size and shape for your room.

Choosing Your Right Size

Sizing your dining room table isn’t just a matter of measuring the room and your available floor space. This is an essential first step, but there’s more to it than that. It’s important to consider how many people will sit at your table. Think about this as you shop so you can pick out an option with enough seating for your whole family or the number of guests you typically invite to dinner. Some of our dining table sets include drop-leaf or other expanding features to help you create extra seating for special occasions. Think about the table’s measurements at its largest possible dimensions to make sure you leave enough room for people to walk comfortably around your dining room or nook. In general, it’s ideal to leave at least 24" of space between the back of each dining chair and the wall. This lets your diners easily push their chairs back from the table without hitting the wall.

The table’s width can also have an affect on the way you dine and socialize around the table. For example, passing dishes and even conversing easily from across the table is easiest at a table that’s about 48" wide or smaller. Additionally, if you want to add dining room furniture, such as a sideboard, bar cart or buffet table, remember to factor that into your dimensions on each side of the table.

Choosing Your Right Shape

The shape of your table plays a part in how well the set fits in with your dining room. Choose a table shape that roughly matches your room. As with Persian rugs and other floor coverings, your table should be of a similar shape to the layout of the walls and floor. For example, a long, thin rectangular table might feel a bit cramped on at least one side if it’s in a perfectly square room. Rooms that are roughly even in proportion suit circular and square tables quite well. Long, thin rooms are well-suited to oval or rectangular tables. If you choose to put a smaller table of even dimensions in a large room that’s longer than it is wide, you can situate the dining table at one end of the room and set up a seating, serving or bar area on the other end to balance the space. It can be helpful to write down your measurements and even draw a rough diagram of how you’d like to lay out your dining table and other furniture in the room.

After you have your proportions figured out using these helpful ideas, it’s time to have even more fun thinking about color and other style details!