Selecting a dining table can be a challenge. Whether you are placing one in a breakfast nook, or a formal dining room there are so many shapes and sizes to consider. When selecting a dining table, there are two main points to keep in mind: the size of your room and the number of people you would like to accommodate. We've rounded up some tips to help you choose a dining table that is comfortable for both the room and your lifestyle. 

How Much Space Do You Have?

It's best to first look at the size of your room to determine the largest table you can fit. Then, you can always size down. If you plan to frequently host large parties, you'll probably opt for the largest table option for your room. On the other hand, if you prefer more intimate gatherings and smaller family dinners, a smaller table may be a better fit.

Your table needs to allow for the number of diners you want to seat comfortably and still leave enough room for to walk around it. The width of your table should be at least 36 inches wide so there is ample space for place settings as well as food. Measure table-to-wall clearance. Measure the space around the room. To allow diners to sit down and get up easily from their seats, try to leave 42-48" between your table and the walls or other pieces of furniture.

Round Tables

Round tables are great for small spaces. They fit well into the tightest of spaces and there are no sharp corners to bump into. You can usually fit more people around it because it has no corners. Pedestal tables are even better, as they offer more legroom. 

3' with a pedestal base seats 4
5' with a pedestal base seats 6
6' with pedestal base or legs seats 8

Rectangular Tables

A rectangular table works well in a long, narrow room. It leaves more room for traffic flow and takes up the space nicely. Here is a list of sizes to stick to when looking for rectangular tables. Manufacturers may offer different recommendations, and you might be able to add more seating for a tighter fit. 

4' long seats 4
5-6' long seats 6
7' long seats 8
8-9' long seats 10
10-11' seats 12

Square Tables

If your room is square, a square table, like a round one, makes for a more intimate dining experience because everyone is an equal distance apart. Also it will look great mimicking the room shape around it. Like the round table, the bigger a square table is, the harder it will be to reach for food. If you need to sit more than 8 people try a rectangular table instead.