Size: The dining table should be scaled appropriately for the room: a small dining room looks best with a small table, a big dining room demands a big table. To allow adequate space for seating and circulation, make sure there's at least 48 inches between each edge of the table and the nearest wall or piece of furniture. If traffic doesn't pass behind the chairs on one side of the table, 36 inches should be sufficient on that side because the `Entryway` is more congested then any other part of the house. Ideally, the dining table should measure 36-42 inches across. Narrower than that leaves no place in the middle for food; wider than that makes conversation difficult with the person seated opposite you.
Dining tables: The table has been in existence since as far back as ancient Egypt though the use and concept of what a table does has changed. Early tables such as those in Egypt, Greece and Rome began simply as a means to lift food or objects off of the floor. The earliest versions of tables were often a simple plank or smooth surface lacking our modern day concepts of legs and complimentary chairs. As tables evolved so did their designs. Tables were often created for a specific function or stylized to the time period they were produced in.
The Type of Dining Table: Believe it or not, furniture manufacturers actually offer different types of dining tables. But how does one differ from another when they all seem to be more or less the same; four legs holding up a flat table top. Thankfully, there are ways to differentiate one style of table to the next. First, the Accent Table. These are standard dining tables, however very ornately designed to provide a sense of classic romance. The type you might imagine inside the palaces or mansions of your favorite storybook.
Size of the Table. To allow each person to have ample elbow space when they are eating, you should select a dining table that provides at least 24 to 30 inches of surface area for each person. If you are purchasing a rectangular table, you will need to add about 12 inches of surface space for the people who are seated at the foot and the head of the table. Additionally, picture the table in the room that you are purchasing it for. Will it look proportionate to the room? Will the dining room swallow the table up? Will the table look overwhelming in the room? These are important factors when purchasing a table for a dining area. When you are taking measurements of rooms and dining tables, keep in mind that if you want to seat six people, you should aim for a round table that measures about 60 inches or a rectangular table that measures about 72 inches.
The Breakfast Bar is another type of dining table. These are usually smaller in size than standard dining tables; however, some have very interesting features that make them unique in their own right. For example, it is not uncommon to see breakfast bars with locking casters for added mobility and convenience. Some will also have cubbies and racks for added storage. The Cocktail Table (otherwise known as a Coffee Table) can also be considered a type of dining table. However, many of us choose not to eat many meals on these, rather use them in front of the sofas and couches to place our drinks. But for those of us who enjoy eating dinner in front of the TV (myself included), then yes, a Cocktail table could be considered the prefect dining table.
Keep in mind that the table should be in proportion to your dining room size. Since you are the host, it is important for you guests to sit comfortably and have free space to walk around. Try to leave a maximum of 42 to 48 inches and a minimum of 36 inches between your tables and the walls. About two feet of eating space is required for a person to eat comfortably. When sitting at the table try to have at least 30 to 36 inches from your knee to the back of the chair. Round Shape Table – Some people prefer round shape tables because they will add extra space around the rounded corners. While rounded corners can help accommodate additional guests around them, these tables typically need wider dining space in your room. You can also consider pedestal tables as they offer excellent leg room. Avoid large round tables as they would make it rather awkward for you to grab your favorite food on the table. However, these tables are ideal for formal dinner and playing cards and board games.
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