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.
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Height of the Table. While most dining tables are about 30 inches in height, some will vary depending on style. Chairs that are made to accompany dining tables normally span an average of 18 inches from the seat down to the floor. Pay attention to these heights, because you want to allow ample room for people's legs when they are sitting at you dining table. Generally, there should be about 12 inches allowance between the bottom of the tabletop and the top of the seat. The size of the room does not necessarily dictate whether the table should be tall or short. As a matter of fact, there are very beautiful looking bar-type tables that seat two people with bar-style chairs that fit in small space. However, the bar stools should still follow the same guidelines to ensure that there is enough leg room for the diners.
Dining chairs: As societies developed so did their need for tables. Writing, art and craftsmanship that required one to sit up found a need for tables. As labour refined so did the wealth of society providing a new meaning to the table. Formal dining tables became popular and a range of dining chairs from simple to elegant began to be manufactured around the world. Though East and West cultures viewed dining differently, chairs in one form or another became the standard when eating. Formal dining began in the castles and manors of Europe where tables were extremely long and narrow providing uses during feasts and banquets. Dining chairs started as narrow ridge forms with high backs popular for such events. During modern times the dining chair has evolved into many forms and many new materials and being used to create them from plastic and metals to more traditional materials such as wood.
That brings us to our next point when shopping for dining tables. Always make sure you have the space in your dining room. You never want to be stuck with a table that takes up so much room, that it doesn't leave room for dining chairs. There is still a lot more to know about the dining table. However if you want to get the skinny, then you'll have to wait for 'A Closer Look at Dining Tables, pt. 2'. For now though, I hope this article has given you a better idea as to why Dining Tables are such an important piece in our daily lives.