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Modern Dining Tables
Characterized by attractive yet functional simplicity, mid-century modern dining tables can set the stage for accommodating and well-designed dining rooms. Both mid-century and contemporary modern dining tables forego traditional carvings and embellishments in favor of sleek lines, gentle curves, and striking silhouettes that would fit perfectly in both minimalist and maximalist spaces alike. The simplicity of modern dining tables also makes pairing with dining chairs – especially modern dining chairs – a breeze.
Beautifully designed and constructed to last a lifetime, the modern dining tables available at Design Within Reach are testaments to the core characteristics of a good dining table. Here, learn how to choose a modern dining table that will serve your household for years.
Dining Table Shapes
Four simple dining table shapes are suitable for almost every dining room: round dining tables, square dining tables, rectangular dining tables, and oval dining tables. Proportions are key to identifying the right dining table shape for your home. To maintain a sense of balance, you should choose a dining room table that is proportional to your dining room. Simply put, square and round dining tables are good for square rooms, while long, oval and rectangular dining tables are good for long, rectangular rooms.
Don’t overlook dining table base shape – your dining table’s legs can make a huge impact on your space. Standard dining table legs maximize the footprint of your dining table and are best in larger rooms that can spare the floor space. Pedestal dining tables minimize your dining table’s silhouette and afford diners a little more leg room. Plus, at the end of a meal, you can push dining chairs or benches under the table without resistance, giving your dining table a neat look when it’s not in use.
Dining Table Sizes
A functional dining table should be large enough to seat your household and some guests, but not so big that it inhibits easy movement throughout your dining room.
To choose the right dining table size to seat your household and guests, make note of how many place settings you think you’ll need. A standard place setting is 18”–24” wide (or wider, if you choose wide dining chairs) and 15”–18” deep. The minimum recommended dining table dimensions for four people (one on each side of a square or round dining table) are 30” by 30”. If you’d like more room for serving platters and centerpieces, choose a table that is 36” deep or deeper. Small dining tables for small spaces are typically round or square tables with neat pedestal bases, while long oval or rectangular dining tables are perfect for grander dining rooms. 42” round dining tables make ideal small dining tables for four people.
When choosing a dining table size, you must also think about how it will fit into your space. To allow comfortable movement at or around the table, you should leave at least 36” between the table’s edges and surrounding walls or furniture.
Dining table height matters, too. Standard dining tabletops are between 28” and 32” high, ideal for pairing with 18”–24” dining chairs. However, keep an eye out for dining table aprons, which will further limit your dining chair options. Dining chairs with arms may not fit under a dining table apron. Ideally, you should leave at least six inches of space between your dining table apron and your dining chair seats.