The dining table is the centerpiece of the dining room. Irrespective of the occasion… whether you’re hosting a dinner party or gathering around the table for a daily meal, the dining room is where family and friends come together. It's the spot in the home that encourages you to celebrate.
Therefore, choosing the right dining table shape is an important decision. How do you know which dining table shape is right for you? There is more to it than preferring one shape over the other. It all depends on the space you have available. The décor and type of interior design you have chosen for the room, the ambiance you are trying to create, how large a group you usually seat around your dining table and, of course, your personal likings are important elements to consider.
With a variety of options available in the market and designs and trends that are constantly being introduced, you will realize that certain shapes lend themselves better to certain conditions. When you combine the two, you create a flow that makes your space look and function better.
Here are the four shapes of dining tables and their various pros and cons…
1. Rectangular Dining Tables
The most common shape one can find in a home since most dining rooms are rectangular in shape. They are ideal for accommodating a large number of people. It’s perfect for accommodating guests, putting up a large food spread, thus allowing you to always be prepared. What’s more, some tables can be customized with an extra leaf for extending the length… an easy solution to fit in additional unexpected guests. An ideal rectangular table would measure between 36 inches to 42 inches across.
However, go for a comparatively narrow one, if you have space constraints. Even if a table is 28-30 inches wide, it will allow space for shared dishes in the middle of the table and also will bring your dining companions closer together. Another great space-saving idea is to place the table alongside banquette seating. It can make a dining space feel as inviting as your favorite cafe.
2. Square Dining Tables
Square dining tables work best for a nuclear family of four. Intimate and cosy, it encourages happy meals and good conversations. These dining tables are also a good solution if you don’t have a large group to seat most of the time. It can also be a bit cold and gloomy to have a large rectangular table when only two or three people are going to be present most of the time.
A square table has a few drawbacks as well though. A square table can encroach upon a vast amount of room and although it allows everyone seated at the table to see one another, the distance between one side of the table to another may cause people to not hear each other one particularly well when there are several conversations going on at once.
3. Round Dining Tables
A round dining table is a good option for a small room and probably the best shape for small gatherings. Here, everyone can see everyone else, conversations are easier to carry on, shared dishes are easy to reach and the setting seems to be warm and more intimate. When considering a round table, remember that tables made of wood or other solid material will occupy a large amount of visual space. Therefore, consider a glass tabletop that makes the base the star. It can make a room feel open and spacious without compromising on style or table size.
Keep in mind that a large round table is completely impractical. It will occupy a huge space, and make people look far way and unapproachable.
4. Oval Dining Tables
Oval dining tables add that little bit of oomph to a dining area and can bring a sense of occasion to any meal… whether you’re dining just with the family or are eager to impress the guests. In terms maneuvering in a small space, the curved edges of an oval table can help the energy flow more softly than the sharp edges of a rectangle which would cause guests to gingerly avoid sharp corners.