How to Pick a Table

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Will that beautiful table you saw in our showroom fit in your kitchen? Naturally it depends on your kitchen…but below are some average dimensions for many different types of tables. Of course, if you like the table that much, you could build around it; but that’s not very practical.

Type of Table Height Length Width/Depth
Coffee, round 15"-17"  (30"-36" diameter)  ---
Coffee, rectangular 15"-17" 36"-60"    18"-24"
Console 28" 48"-54" 16"-18"
Dining, rectangular 28"-30"  60"-80"   36"-42"
Dining, round 28"-30" (40" min. diameter)  ---
End 18"-24"  24"-28" 18"-20"
Hallway/entry 34"-36"   36"-72" 16"-20"
Night 16"-25"  18"-28"    16"-22"


Table Seating Specifications

Determining Table Size
For square or rectangular dining tables, allow 24" of elbow room width per person.
For round tables, allow 26" width per person for a table seating 3 to 6 people and 24" for a table seating 6 or more people.
Add 2" to all of the above figures if armchairs will be used.
Subtract 2" for snug seating.

Selecting a Round Table
The circumference of a round table equals the width per person times the total number of seating spaces and the diameter equals the circumference divided by 3.14. I think I just heard you say, “Huh?” Well, for example, in designing a table to comfortably seat 8 people using chairs without arm supports, the circumference equals 8 times 24 inches width per person (192 inches) and the diameter equals 192/3.14 or 61 inches. If 22" of width were allocated per person, the resultant table diameter would be about 56") Get it?

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