dining table placement

elegant dining roomA dining room should accommodate both elegant feasts and everyday meals, reflect your home's style, and fit your space. Figure out how to finesse the perfect layout with our go-to-tips, whether you have a formal room or an open concept. Think beyond the table and chairs—turn to rugs, lighting, and storage to set your dining room apart from the rest.

Table Shape

When choosing a dining table, consider your room's dimensions, how many people you'll typically want to seat, and your entertaining style.
Rectangular or elongated oval tables work well in larger rooms and narrow spaces.
Square or round tables are best suited for small spaces or open concepts, and facilitate easy conversation.
Removable leaves allow you to adjust a table depending on the size of your dinner party.For more, read How to Choose a Dining Table Size.

Table Placement

Your table shouldn't disrupt the natural traffic flow of your space, so consider the main pathways and measure accordingly. Leave adequate space between the table and walls (or open-concept thoroughfares) for diners to push out their chairs and still easily manoeuver around.
For formal dining rooms, a good rule of thumb is to allow 48 inches between the table and the doorway. For open layouts, anchor your table by centering it in front of a wall, a bank of windows, or underneath a light fixture to delineate a distinct dining area.

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