One of the great things about buying custom furniture is that you can decide exactly what size of table you want. You’re not stuck with the sizes, styles, or height that some faceless manufacturer decided to offer as “standard” for dining room tables.

Along with options comes the need to make some choices. It’s great to have the flexibility to customize your table, but how to do you decide exactly what size of table you want to order?

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Where’s It Going And Who’s Sitting There?

The size of your table is going to depend on how much room you have and how many people you want to sit around the table. A table for a breakfast nook is going to have a much different size than one for a large dining room where you’ll host family dinners. You can determine the best table size for your space by looking at the size of your room and at the number of people you want to seat around the table.

How Big A Table Can I Fit?

If you want to buy the largest table that will fit in your dining room, then it’s time to get out a tape measure. To get in and out of chairs comfortably, you’ll want at least 30-36 inches of space between the edge of the table and the walls of the room. If you prefer the room to look less crowded, leave 42-48 inches of space around the table.

Remember to adjust your measurement to take into account any other furniture in the room, such as a china cabinet along the wall. If you want to use an online room-to-table size calculator to make things easier, click here.

How Many People Do I Want To Seat?

If you know how many people you want to seat around the table, then you should calculate dining table size based on seating area. Here’s a link to an online calculator that can help.

It’s generally recommended that you allow 24-28 inches of table space per person seated at the table. That can vary depending on how much space seating takes up. Benches let you fit more people around a table, while chairs with arms will take up more room.

How Do I Put It All Together?

You’ll want to figure up how large of a table you can fit in your space as well as how large a table you need for the number of people you want to seat. If the two table sizes come out close to the same, then that’s the size table you’ll want to order.

If the size of table you can fit and the size of table you’d need for the number of people you want are different, then you have a decision to make. You can either go with the largest size your room can accommodate (if you want to seat as many people as possible) or go with the smaller of the two sizes (if you don’t plan on having large groups of people at the table).

When you order a table through Rustic+Modern website, you can choose several options for table width and length. If you don’t see your preferred size as an option, just contact us. We’ll be happy to discuss your request and work with you to create the perfect table for your needs.