Dining Room Table Size & Buying Guide

dining table size guide.

Shopping for a dining set is no easy task. With so many options to choose from, it can be an overwhelming process. What size dining room table should you choose? And what style? Our buying guide is a great place to start. We highlight the most important aspects to consider including table shapes, sizes, and types of dining room chairs. Use this guide to narrow down your options and choose the best dining set for your living space.

Step 1: Shape

When looking at different types of dining room tables, table shape is important to consider. Different shapes have different advantages.

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Rectangle Shape: Rectangle dining room tables offer plenty of seating and have a more traditional feel.
Ideal for: Longer dining rooms and formal spaces.

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Square Shape: Square tables are a modern update on the rectangular classic and work well in squarer spaces.
Ideal for: Seating less than eight people.

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Round Shape: Round tables are great for maximizing space.
Ideal for: Smaller dining rooms.

Step 2: Size

Once you choose a table shape, check out the dining room table size guide below to help you pick the right size table to comfortably seat all of your guests.

Amount of People Rectangle (Width X Length) Square Round (Diameter)
4 3 ft. x 4 ft. 3 ft. 3 ft.
6 3 ft. x 5 ft. 5 ft. 5 ft.
8 3 ft. x 7 ft. 6 ft. 6 ft.
10 3 ft. x 8 ft. Rectangular tables are best for larger groups
12 3 ft. x 10 ft.

No matter the table shape, keep these standard dining room table dimensions in mind:

  1. The table width should always be at least 3 feet.
  2. Keep at least four feet between the table and the walls
  3. There should be at least one foot of height between the tabletop and the chair’s seat.

Step 3: Style

This is the hardest part – so many choices! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Classic: If your style is more traditional, opt for darker wood and carved detailing. The darker color automatically makes the space more formal.

Country: Look for distressed wood and larger tables. You can find charming country tables at vintage stores or make your own from repurposed wood.

Modern: Modern styles favor clean lines, glass tables and metal finishes. Look for metals like stainless steel and chrome.

Casual: Painted finishes in white or pastel colors are great for casual dining spaces like breakfast nooks or sunrooms. They also work well in cottage-style homes.

Step 4: Chairs

Once you’ve found the perfect table, look for chairs that complement the table’s shape and size. You can mix and match chairs for a playful look or buy a matching dining set for a more traditional style. Benches are another option for larger dining room tables. They are trendy and can save you money by buying fewer individual chairs. There are many types of dining room chairs so try different combinations to see what works best!

Find dining sets and more at hhgregg!

Shop for your dining room and kitchen at hhgregg! We offer stylish dining sets as well as individual dining tables, chairs and benches. Looking for a high-top table or bar? We’ve got you covered with our selection of bar and counter stools. Plus, check out our living room furniture including sofas, recliners and sectionals! Whether you need a new dining set or want to update your home furniture, hhgregg has everything you need to create a beautiful dining space.

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