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.