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    A dining table serves different purposes for different people. For some, it is used to hold important functions or get-togethers (i.e. during the holidays and some other special occasions). For some, it serves as an everyday dining area for the members of the household. For some, it not only serves a place to eat but to work and socialize as well.

    When you are buying a dining table, therefore, you must be clear of the functions it will play around your home. The other factors to be considered will follow.

    The Size

    Once you have decided on the specific function of the dining table, it is time to decide on another important consideration: the size. Dining table dimensions vary depending on how many people you would need to sit into it. Some homemakers, however, even go as far along as having theirs customized to fit into the kind of household they have.

    The first thing to consider when choosing the appropriate dining table dimension is the space you are putting it in. There must be enough room left in the dining area after you arrange your dining table. There must also be enough room for each person who will be seated at the dining table to move around.

    The basic measurements to keep in mind when shopping for a dining table are as follows:

    — Your dining table should have a width of at least 36 inches or 90 centimeters. A dining table with a smaller width or which is narrower than that would give you very little space at the center for serving dishes.

    — Your dining table should have at least 48 inches or 120 centimeters clearance between the back of the chair and the wall. There must be enough room for traffic to pass through comfortably.

    — Your dining table should give each person who will be seated at least 24 inches or 60 centimeters of elbow room to move freely.

    Different Dining Table Dimensions

    Dining tables appear in different shapes and styles as much as they vary in size. Please find a listing of dining table dimensions for your reference:

    Oval Tables:

    – For Four to Six Persons: 28” x 46” to 42” x 54”
    – For Six to Eight Persons: 36” x 56” to 42” x 64”
    – For Eight to Ten Persons: 42″ x 72″ to 42″ x 84”
    – For Ten to Twelve Persons: 42″ x 90″ to 42″ x 96”
    – For Twelve to Sixteen Persons: 42″ x 100″ to 42″ x 120″

    Round Tables: (in diameter)

    – For Four Persons: 36” to 44”
    – For Four to Six Persons: 44” to 54”
    – For Six to Eight Persons: 60” to 70”

    1. sharon moore

      January 22, 2011 at 11:30 pm

      I am looking for a home dining area banquette dimensions for both custom table and seating. The space is semi-circular. I would like to seat minimum of eight persons. The home design is craftsman. The width of the semi-circle space is 10 feet. Can you help me with the back slope, height and depth of the upholstered bench and the width of the table? Thanks for your assistance!

    2. scott

      November 24, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      Hello! Rectangular tables are as common as sliced bread – why only round and oval in this list? also these seem REALLY tight on the oval to get that many people. 8 people in a 36″x56″ table – NO WAY. kiddy birthday party maybe.

    3. Jun Alba

      January 16, 2012 at 10:53 am

      How big should a square, 8-seater dining table be? thanks for your help.

    4. joe

      May 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      what about the most popular dining table shape, the rectangle?? usless article for most, me included.

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