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How to Measure Your Dining Space

To create a space that is comfortable and functional, you need to make sure you have enough room to relax and maneuver. Use these dining room and kitchen measuring ideas to design a modern and welcoming space, large or small.

Seating

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.

Trying to maximize seating in a small space? Consider a pedestal or trestle table and pair it with benches. You won't have table or chair legs to worry about. Additionally, opt for chairs without arms so they can be placed closer together around the table.

Width of place setting

A general guideline is to allow for 18 to 24 inches for every person at your table, but that measurement can flex up or down depending on your unique space.

Tiny Tip:
Allow for cozier seating with a round table (instead of rectangular) and bench seating (instead of chairs).

Depth of table

The general recommended depth for a dining table is 30 to 36 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.

Tiny Tip:
Consider how else you may use the table—as a desk, prep station, etc.—to maximize its use. Some of our round dining tables are available with a 27‑inch diameter for extra small spaces.

Distance between the table and walls or furniture

We generally recommend 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.

Tiny Tip:
Consider placing one edge of the table flush with the wall to save space.

Clearance under the table

If you have dining chairs with arms, the space between the table and floor will determine if the arms can tuck all the way under the table. Consider how a table apron may impact this space and how it may determine clearance for crossing your legs underneath the table.

Rugs

A dining room rug should accommodate all the legs of the chairs, even when they are pushed away 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.

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Pendant lights

When lighting your dining room, start with the overhead fixture. Choose a pendant that creates a pool of light 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.

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