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Finding the dining table: Determining the correct dining table size and space
Finding the dining table: Determining the correct dining table size and space
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Video: Dining Table Shape and Size Guide by iNSPIRE Q 2023, February
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The dining table is the most important meeting point in the house - that's why we should make it inviting and practical. With a few tips, we can find the right model for every day, for festive rounds, for eating, talking and playing.

Although the kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the house, communication is only properly nurtured on the blackboard: telling, laughing, discussing - our dining table is the place where community and closeness develop naturally. With so many shapes, styles and materials to choose from, it's hard to decide. These rules help you find the right model.

Esstisch Tweed von Zanotta
Esstisch Tweed von Zanotta

Square, round, or rather oval? With the “Tweed” dining table, we don't have to decide that. The asymmetrical table top is available in walnut and oak. Available in three sizes; from 2 975 euros from Zanotta.

Photo: Zanotta

Dining table: determine the right size

  • What functions does the dining table have to fulfill? At the table, it is not just the common meal that is enjoyed. Various activities are carried out here at different times of the day. From the duties of everyday work and school life to fun leisure time activities: people play, do handicrafts, talk and work. Depending on your needs, the right piece of furniture should have additional storage space or pull-out facilities.
  • Which table size do you prefer? The intimate size, where two to four people come close together - or the large table, which offers guests and dishes plenty of space? Basically, all family members and at least two guests should be seated at the dining table. Tip: The floor plan determines the size of your table: you need 90 centimeters each from walls and furniture, in the main passage 1.20 meters.
  • Which dining table shape is right for you? You should know that a rectangle takes up less space than a circle. There is also a psychological component: hierarchies are created on the rectangular table, while the round table gives everyone involved the same scope. Compromise: the oval.
Esstisch: Größe richtet sich nach Grundriss
Esstisch: Größe richtet sich nach Grundriss

The right size is also important for the dining table so that the dining area looks harmonious in the room

Photo: the house

Rectangular dining tables

Expect a table surface of 60 centimeters wide and 45 centimeters deep per person for the place setting from plates, cutlery and glass. A square 6-person dining table should therefore be at least 90 x 180 centimeters in size. A rectangular table with an edge length of 80 centimeters is sufficient for four people.

Tisch Ingatorp von Ikea
Tisch Ingatorp von Ikea

Flexible solution for smaller dining rooms: Two folding tables form a banquet table - and make room for everyday life after the party. "Ingatorp" from Ikea is available in black-brown, white and antique stain; 129 euros.

Photo: Ikea

Round dining tables

A round table should have a diameter of at least 114 centimeters for six people. For four people, 90 centimeters in diameter is sufficient.

Runder Esstisch
Runder Esstisch

Solid: Round dining table "Tavia" by Musterring made from oiled wild walnut; 3 663 euros. Indian at the table: “Talia” cantilever chairs covered with curry-colored leather; 299 euros; Pattern ring.

Photo: sample ring

Place setting

Expect at least 60 centimeters of table length per place setting. Then you can be sure that your neighbors don't interfere with your elbows.

Esstisch: So viel Platz brauchen wir
Esstisch: So viel Platz brauchen wir

90 centimeters - that's how much space everyone should have at the dining table

Photo: the house

The right chairs for the dining table

The dining room chairs also have a decisive impact on the mood at the table: narrow and high-backed, they force you to sit properly - good if you often give official invitations. Those who eat mostly in the family should choose more comfortable models: wide and with armrests. Such chairs offer subliminal protection, you like to sit longer. Comfortable benches also impress with their flexibility: move them together a little - and there is still someone at the table.

Seat height: Check whether the table and chairs match in height. If the difference between chair surface and table top is less than 26 or more than 30 centimeters, you sit uncomfortably - a distance of 28 centimeters is considered ideal. Build a dining counter 70 centimeters high if you want to sit on it in usual chairs. Equip a counter at a working height of 90 centimeters with bar stools (preferably height-adjustable) - or build a 20 centimeter high platform for the chairs.

Footprint: Each chair needs a footprint 45 centimeters wide and 50 centimeters deep. Leave a space of 20 centimeters from seat to seat, so that all table neighbors enjoy enough elbow room when eating. A square dining table with six seats takes up 2.80 x 2.40 meters of space, a round table with six chairs takes up 2.50 x 2.50 meters of space. Measure your kitchen - the dining table blocks paths, move it to the living room. Satisfy yourself in the kitchen with a rolling, pulling or folding model that disappears on the wall or under the worktop after use.

Esstisch S 1090 von Thonet
Esstisch S 1090 von Thonet

Put your feet up at the table? No problem thanks to the foot traverse at this table. It is even more comfortable with the associated benches. Dining table series "S 1090" by Thonet in different materials; from 2 523 euros.

Photo: Thonet

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Küche Sense of Home Shop

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