Picking the Right Table and Chairs Quick Tip

Table and Chairs contributor



  • Mixing the style aesthetic of your chairs and table make for a modern look. (photo: Getty Images)


Experts have a hard time advising people on dining room furniture because the size of the area is a major factor in which table shape is best for the room.

“It really depends on the size of the room and your goals for entertaining,” Young said.

Both designers said round tables are generally better for small dining rooms. Additionally, a round table creates a greater sense of openness, whereas a rectangular table lends a more formal air.

“Round tables are more inviting to talking; people are more on the same level,” Arango said. “Usually, with a round table you see faces better, you talk better.”

Ideally, there should be 2 feet of space for each of your diners. For a round table, that space should be at least 8 feet wide.

The designers recommend incorporating some sort of furniture that complements the table and chairs. Some options include a credenza, china cabinet or serving board.

“That way, you can have the coffee or dessert at hand but not have everything on top of the table. It makes serving easier,” Arango said.

At all costs, avoid creating a cluttered space that is cumbersome to guests sitting down or getting up from the table.

In need of finding the perfect dining room table? Contact a member of the Sacksteder’s team for help!

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