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Why buy Room & Board dining furniture?

When you shop with Room & Board, you choose real value. Our furniture is timeless in both material and style, so it will adapt with you throughout the many chapters of your life. We build each piece to be equally functional and beautiful, so you can enjoy it for years to come. Created to easily mix and match, our dining collections are designed so that you can simply choose the pieces you love and feel confident that your dining space will look great.

American-made quality

More than 90% of our tables, chairs and storage pieces are American made. Most of our raw materials are sourced domestically using sustainable practices—in some cases within 100 miles of our manufacturing partners' workshops. Each piece is created by skilled artisans and made to endure years of use, thanks to a combination of handcrafted construction and innovative technology.

Expert advice

From floor planning to product suggestions, we offer expert design advice in our stores, via email or over the phone at 800.301.9720. Our Design Associates have in-depth knowledge of our products and years of experience helping customers create beautiful homes. And because our Design Associates don’t work on commission, you can shop on your terms, at your own pace.

Our guarantee

Our goal is to provide a positive customer experience by supporting you throughout the entire shopping experience. We stand behind the quality of our products and the prices we charge. If you're not satisfied with your purchase or any part of your experience, just let us know.

Collage of dining table, craftsmen, and materials

Learn About Tabletop Materials

We offer two types of tables: all-wood tables with wood tabletops and wood legs, and Top + Base tables. Our Top + Base tables allow you to choose a base style and combine it with a tabletop material that best suits your lifestyle. Learn about the characteristics and performance of our tabletop materials below to find your ideal solution. To see our tabletop materials in your home, order free photo cards.

Solid wood

Walnut
Walnut
Cherry
Cherry
Maple
Maple
Maple with charcoal stain
Maple with charcoal stain
Maple with shell stain
Maple with shell stain
Ash with sand stain
Ash with sand stain

Characteristics:

  • warm, natural look with timeless appeal
  • unique grain patterns and natural marks
  • easily mixes with other materials
  • premium grade and sourced from carefully managed U.S. forests
  • lacquer finish or oil-and-wax finish

Considerations:

  • color will change with age
  • expands and contracts based on humidity in your home
  • shows scratches and wear, particularly on stained wood
  • heat and moisture can damage the finish
  • coasters, trivets and placemats will minimize wear and damage
  • lacquer requires professional refinishing if damaged
  • oil-and-wax requires annual reapplication of Room & Board Satin Wax
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Butcherblock

Maple butcherblock
Maple butcherblock
Cherry butcherblock
Cherry butcherblock

Characteristics:

  • natural, classic look with casual appeal
  • adds the warmth of wood at a lower price
  • easily mixes with other materials
  • showcases color variations in natural wood
  • premium grade and sourced from carefully managed U.S. forests
  • lacquer finish

Considerations:

  • not recommended as a cutting or food preparation surface
  • color will change with age
  • expands and contracts based on humidity in your home
  • shows scratches and wear
  • heat and moisture can damage the finish
  • coasters, trivets and placemats will minimize wear
  • round shapes do not feature a beveled edge like round solid wood tops
  • lacquer requires professional refinishing if damaged
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Reclaimed wood

Reclaimed chestnut
Reclaimed chestnut

Characteristics:

  • sourced from early-1900s barns, industrial buildings and factories
  • warm, natural look with timeless appeal
  • shows unique dents, nicks, cracks and small holes from its previous use
  • disguises new signs of wear and use
  • minimal color change due to age of wood
  • oiled finish

Considerations:

  • unique markings can create an uneven writing surface
  • heat and moisture can damage the finish
  • coasters, trivets and placemats will minimize wear and damage
  • requires bi-annual reapplication of food-grade mineral oil
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Glass

Glass
Glass
Frosted glass
Frosted glass
White glass
White glass
Grey glass
Grey glass

Characteristics:

  • visual lightness creates an open feeling
  • modern and versatile at a great value
  • allows a rug, table base or chairs to stand out
  • withstands moisture and heat
  • easy to clean

Considerations:

  • shows fingerprints
  • can scratch or chip with heavy use
  • can create glare in direct light
  • cool to the touch
  • frosted and colored glass require more maintenance than clear
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Quartz composite

Marbled white quartz composite
Marbled white quartz composite
White quartz composite
White quartz composite
Fawn quartz composite
Fawn quartz composite
Beige quartz composite
Beige quartz composite
Fog quartz composite
Fog quartz composite
Grey quartz composite
Grey quartz composite
Pebble quartz composite
Pebble quartz composite
Bright white quartz composite
Bright white quartz composite

Characteristics:

  • sleek and modern
  • consistent color and pattern from slab to slab
  • non-porous, won't absorb stains
  • durable and easy to clean
  • does not require sealing

Considerations:

  • can scratch or chip with heavy use
  • can discolor from direct or prolonged heat
  • coasters, trivets and placemats will minimize wear and damage
  • cool to the touch
  • larger table sizes require two pieces; a seam will be visible
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Granite

Mesabi black polished granite
Mesabi black polished granite
Mesabi black honed granite
Mesabi black honed granite

Characteristics:

  • modern, timeless look with subtle natural variations
  • durable and easy to clean
  • withstands heat
  • can be used indoors and out
  • does not require sealing

Considerations:

  • can stain with prolonged exposure to moisture and oils
  • can chip or scratch with heavy use
  • coasters, trivets and placemats will minimize wear and damage
  • cool to the touch
  • larger table sizes require two pieces; a seam will be visible
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Marble

Venatino marble
Venatino marble

Characteristics:

  • timeless, modern and natural look
  • unique patterns vary from subtle to dramatic
  • withstands heat
  • develops a matte finish with use

Considerations:

  • unsealed surface is porous and susceptible to stains
  • surface will scratch, dull and etch with use and exposure to acidic liquids
  • coasters, trivets and placemats will minimize wear and damage
  • larger table sizes require two pieces; a seam will be visible and the pattern will not match
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Medium density fiberboard (MDF)

White MDF
White MDF
Grey MDF
Grey MDF

Characteristics:

  • modern look with solid, low-sheen color at a great value
  • engineered wood product with a durable, non-toxic powder coating; CARB-2 compliant
  • does not expand or contract with humidity
  • easy to clean

Considerations:

  • heat and moisture can damage the finish
  • can chip or scratch with heavy use
  • coasters, trivets and placemats will minimize wear and damage
  • gentle cleaners remove most surface marks
Read dining table care

Table Finder

We offer tables in sizes, shapes and materials to fit just about every space and style. Use the statements below to help you narrow your options based on your unique needs or talk to one of our expert Design Associates at 800.301.9720.

Size and shape

I want a table for four people

To seat four people, consider tables that are least 36 inches square or round, or a minimum of 48 inches wide and 30 inches deep. The distance between the table legs impacts how many chairs will fit. A pedestal base, trestle base or legs placed at far corners of the table help maximize seating.

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I want a table for six people

To seat six people, consider tables that are at least 54 inches round, or a minimum of 60 inches wide and 30 inches deep. The distance between the table legs impacts how many chairs will fit. A pedestal base, trestle base or legs placed near the corners of the tabletop help maximize seating.

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I want a table for eight people

To seat eight people, consider tables that are at least 60 inches square, or a minimum of 78 inches wide and 30 inches deep. The distance between the table legs impacts how many chairs will fit. A pedestal base, trestle base or legs placed near the corners of the tabletop help maximize seating.

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I want a table for ten people

To seat ten people, consider tables that are at least 96 inches wide and 30 inches deep. The distance between the table legs impacts how many chairs will fit. A pedestal base, trestle base or legs placed near the corners of the tabletop help maximize seating.

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I want a table for a small space

For small spaces, round pedestal tables help you maximize seating and eliminate visual clutter. Rectangles with a smaller depth can also be an option when floor space is at a premium.

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I want an extension table

I need to maximize my seating

A pedestal base, trestle base or legs placed at the corners of the tabletop provide the most space for chairs. Benches are another great option to maximize seating. See more tips in Measuring Your Dining Space

I want a round table

Round tables maximize seating space, ease the traffic flow of a room and encourage conversation by allowing everyone at the table to face each other.

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I want a square table

Visually attractive in their symmetry, square tables encourage conversation by allowing everyone to face each other and removing the "head" of the table. Square tables also help keep serving platters within easy reach.

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I want a counter-height table

Kitchen dining spaces can benefit from flexible solutions like counter-height tables and kitchen islands that double as a work surface when cooking.

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I don't see the table size I need

Our Tables by the Inch program allows you to design a custom table made to your specific measurements. Choose the width, depth and height to create a table that fits your space.

Custom table
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Materials

I want a wood table

Wood mixes beautifully with other materials and adds a warm look to your room. Choose from our solid wood tables or solid wood and butcherblock tops on our Top + Base tables.

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I want a stone table

Stone offers a modern look with outstanding durability. Our stone tabletops include granite, quartz composite and marble. Please note that larger tables will require 2-3 pieces of stone.

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I want a glass table

Glass helps a room feel open thanks to its visual lightness. Our glass tops are available in clear, colored and frosted for a range of looks at a great value.

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I want a table made from reclaimed or recycled materials

We have many tables that feature reclaimed or recycled materials, including recycled stainless steel and natural steel and reclaimed chestnut. We practice responsible sourcing for all of our materials.

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Lifestyle

I want a table that can stand up to all-day use

For tables that can handle bumps and bangs, or projects and paperwork, the legs and top need to be equally hard-wearing. Tables with a steel base and a quartz, granite or glass top are beautiful—and durable—options.

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I want a table that's maintenance-free

While no table is truly maintenance-free, certain materials require less effort to keep them looking great. Tables with a quartz, granite or glass top are easy to clean, show minimal signs of wear and offer excellent durability.

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Price is my main concern

The combination of price, durability and easy care make glass and MDF a great choice if you're on a budget. Our Top + Leg tables also offer a great value with a variety of wood and butcherblock top options.

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I want a table for a formal dining room

The design of our tables allows them to look formal or casual depending on how you furnish the rest of your room. However, a striking top material or interesting table design details gives your room a sophisticated focal point.

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I want a table that works with a banquette

By placing the support in the center of the tabletop instead of the corners, pedestal tables and trestle tables allow you to take a seat without bumping your knees.

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I want a table that is easy to navigate around in my room

A round table or a table with softened edges can help guide traffic flow. Wood table legs can be subject to bumps and nicks, so consider inset legs or a steel base to minimize signs of wear in a busy room.

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Measuring Your Dining Space

To create a space that's comfortable and functional, you need to make sure you have enough room to relax and maneuver. Use these guidelines to design a welcoming dining room. Need additional advice about measuring or product suggestions to fit your space? Our expert Design Associates are ready to help. 800.301.9720.

Seating

Diagram of chairs around table

The number of chairs you are able to place at the table is determined in multiple ways. In fact, two tables with the same size top might accommodate different numbers of people based on the leg placement and top overhang.

Diagram of pedestal/trestle tables

If you are trying to maximize seating, consider a pedestal or trestle table or even benches as seating. This eliminates the table legs and the chair legs bumping into each other.

Width of place setting

Place setting on Rand table

The general guideline is to allow 24 inches for every person at your table. However, using a tablecloth instead of individual placemats or bench seating instead of chairs allows for cozier seating. The complexity of your place settings is also a factor: multiple utensils and extra glassware at each seat requires more space for each person.

Depth of table

Adams Table with Doyle Chairs

The minimum depth for a dining table is 30 inches. If you rely on your table for serving space, a depth of 36 inches or larger provides more room for platters, bowls, pitchers and centerpieces.

Distance between the table and walls or furniture

Andover Walnut Table with Pike Chairs

If possible, leave at least 36 inches between the edge of your table and other furniture or the wall. This provides enough room for someone to walk behind the chairs while others are seated or to open a door on a nearby cabinet. If you have room, 48 inches of space is ideal.

Clearance under the table

Benson Dining Table with Marie Leather Chairs

If you have dining chairs with arms, the space between the table and the floor will determine if the arms can tuck all the way under the table. Also consider the clearance for crossing your legs underneath the table.

Rugs

Avani rug under Davis table

When choosing the size of the rug beneath your dining table, remember that the rug needs to accommodate all the legs of the chairs, even when the chairs are pushed away from the table (such as when guests get up from the table). At least 24 inches from the edge of the table to the edge of the rug will give you plenty of room and prevent chair legs from catching on the edge of the rug.

Pendant lights

Assorted pendant lighting

When lighting your dining room, start with the overhead fixture. Choose a pendant lamp that creates a pool of light that is large enough and bright enough to ensure your guests are not sitting in shadows. Hang your pendant approximately 30 inches above the table to keep sight lines open.

Choosing Chairs

As a gathering spot, your dining space may take on many functions—grand dinners and casual breakfasts, game table and art studio. The chairs around your table need to work for your lifestyle. Consider the factors below to help you find the dining chair that best suits you.

Material

Ansel chair, Pike chair with wood base

For long, lingering meals, an upholstered chair is the ultimate in comfort. Concerned about spills? Leather or Sunbrella® fabrics are the most forgiving. With contoured seats and angled backs, our wood chairs provide comfort, durability and a natural look. We also offer wood chairs with upholstered seats for the beauty of wood with added comfort.

Width

Ava Leather Chairs, Cora chairs

Consider the distance between the legs of your table when selecting a chair. When possible, allow for 6 inches of space between each chair and the table legs. If space isn’t a concern, keep in mind that smaller chairs allow you to fit more people around a table while wide chairs with arms typically provide the most comfort.

Flexibility

Collier chairs, Tiffany Chairs

Dining chairs don’t always live at the table. For a versatile seating solution, consider a chair that would work equally well as occasional extra seating in the living room. Stackable chairs allow you to easily store your seating. Some of our dining chairs are made from materials that can live outdoors as well, so you can bring great design and comfort outside.

Benches

Andover bench

Without a back or arms, benches provide maximum seating in minimal space. Benches also tuck under the table to free up floor space and keep sight lines open. Consider a bench for a cost-effective option to seat as many people as possible at your table.

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Dining Table Care

With the right care, a dining table can be a lifelong piece of furniture. Refer to the care information below for material-specific instructions. If you have any questions about how to care for your table, we're here to help at 800.301.9720 or shop@roomandboard.com.

Wood

Instructions for All Wood Furniture:
  • Moisture and heat can damage any wood finish. Protect your furniture by using coasters and trivets. Always wipe up moisture promptly and dry with a soft cloth.
  • Avoid dragging sharp or rough objects across the surface of your wood furniture. Use adhesive felt pads, trivets, coasters and placemats to help prevent scratches.
  • Avoid direct contact with rubber bumpers and candle wax as it may react with the wood's finish and leave a stain.
  • Wood will expand and contract with seasonal humidity changes. Maintain consistent humidity levels to minimize movement in the wood and prevent warping.
  • Over time, air and sunlight will change the color of natural wood. Occasionally rotate the items placed on your wood furniture to allow a more uniform color to develop. Expose table leaves to the same amount of air and sunlight as your table.
  • Care for your wood furniture according to its finish.
Lacquer, Paint or Stain
  • Lacquered, painted or stained wood is susceptible to scratches. Use adhesive felt pads, trivets, coasters and placemats to protect your furniture.
  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • For persistent spots, gently clean with a soft cloth and a solution of water and mild detergent. Wipe dry.
  • Do not use cleaning products containing ammonia, alcohol or petroleum.
  • Avoid furniture polish as it can accumulate over time and leave a residue.
Oil-and-Wax or Oiled
  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • Treat your furniture with Room & Board Satin Wax annually, or more often, if the wood seems dry.
  • Apply Room & Board Satin Wax with a clean, white cloth following the direction of the grain pattern. Take care to treat the exposed end grain of panels. Using another cloth, buff to remove excess wax and achieve a smooth finish.
  • Room & Board Satin Wax can be purchased in our stores, online or by calling 800.301.9720.
  • Do not use Room & Board Satin Wax on end-grain butcherblock or reclaimed chestnut; see instructions below.
Powder-coated MDF
  • Although powder-coating is a durable, seamless surface it is not impervious to stains and damage from moisture and heat. Take the same precautions you would with any wood furniture.
  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • For spot cleaning, use an all-purpose cleaner or a solution of water and mild detergent. Wipe dry.
End-grain Butcherblock or Reclaimed Chestnut (Food-grade Mineral Oil Finish)
  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • Treat end-grain butcherblock or reclaimed chestnut every six months, or more often if the wood seems dry, with an application of food-grade mineral oil. Do not use cooking oils or Room & Board Satin Wax.
  • Apply food-grade mineral oil to a clean, white cloth and then rub it into the wood. Do not apply mineral oil directly to the wood.
  • Scratches, burns, residue and other surface damage can be removed with fine-grit sandpaper. Reapply mineral oil after sanding.

Glass

Instructions for All Glass:
  • Avoid dragging sharp or rough objects across glass. Use adhesive felt pads, trivets, coasters and placemats to help prevent scratches.
  • Avoid harsh, abrasive cleaners and do not use scrapers or razor blades to clean glass.
Clear glass
  • Clean with glass cleaner. Wipe dry.
Frosted glass
  • Clean the top surface with glass cleaner. Wipe dry.
  • To clean and remove fingerprints from the sandblasted underside of the glass, use a damp lint-free cloth and mineral spirits. Wipe dry.
  • For stubborn stains on the sandblasted underside of the glass, apply a small amount of SoftScrub® with a lint-free cloth and rinse with water. Wipe dry.
Colored glass
  • Clean the top surface with lint-free damp cloth. Wipe dry with a lint-free cloth.
  • For stubborn spots, use a gentle glass cleaner. Spray the cloth first to avoid drips, which can damage the film-coated underside of the glass.

Marble, quartz & granite

Marble
  • Marble is a porous material and will quickly absorb spills on the surface. Blot spills immediately to minimize staining.
  • Our marble is not sealed. You may apply an over-the-counter sealant, which will provide a small amount of surface protection, but you will still need to act quickly to clean spills.
  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners, chemical solvents, strong detergents, cleaners with bleach, and furniture polish.
  • Use trivets, coasters, placemats and adhesive felt pads to help prevent scratches.
  • Over time marble will develop a patina from use, with variations in color and surface sheen.
Granite
  • Our granite is not sealed. You may apply an over-the-counter sealant, which will provide a small amount of surface protection, but we still recommend cleaning spills promptly.
  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners, chemical solvents, strong detergents, cleaners with bleach, and furniture polish.
  • Use trivets, coasters, placemats and adhesive felt pads to help prevent scratches.
Quartz
  • Despite its durability, it is important to avoid setting hot items on a quartz surface. Always use a trivet or hot pad.
  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners, chemical solvents, strong detergents, cleaners with bleach, and furniture polish.
  • Use trivets, coasters, placemats and adhesive felt pads to help prevent scratches.

Natural & stainless steel

Natural Steel
  • Our natural steel furniture has a lacquer finish. Use trivets, coasters, placemats and adhesive felt pads to help prevent scratches.
  • Wipe up spills promptly. Clean with a damp cloth. Wipe dry.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners, chemical solvents, strong detergents, cleaners with bleach, and furniture polish.
Stainless Steel
  • Wipe up spills promptly. Clean with a damp cloth. Wipe dry.
  • To renew shine, polish with lemon oil or orange oil.
  • We recommend using a multi-surface cleaner or stainless steel cleaner to remove spots.

Powder-coat finish

Powder-coat finish
  • Wipe up spills promptly. Clean with a damp cloth. Wipe dry.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners, chemical solvents, strong detergents, cleaners with bleach, and furniture polish.

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