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How to Pick a Dining Room Table

by Jane K on March 23, 2021

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Your dining room table isn’t just where the family can gather for Easter dinner, it’s also a place where you can compete together during family game night or help your kids with their homework after school. Here’s how to pick a dining table that works for your family!

Think About Table Height

Most dining room tables come in three distinct heights: standard height (30 inches tall), counter-height (36 inches tall), and pub-height (42 inches tall). Standard height is the most common and is a great option for anyone who is not buying a dining set, as you’ll likely find the most options when looking for standard-height dining chairs. Counter-height tables have grown in popularity in the past few years, and they’re great for entertaining guests, since the people sitting at the table are at a similar height of those who are standing. While pub height tables are less popular, they offer a casual look if you’re hoping to take advantage of a small space. That said, counter-height tables and pub height tables can be a bit too tall for small children.

Size & Shape Matter

When choosing a table, you’ll need to consider how many people will be using it on a regular basis, as well as how much space you have in your home. From there, you can determine what size you need and if a round, square, or rectangular table is right for you. Generally speaking, round tables tend to take up less space than square and rectangular tables, making them a great option for anyone decorating a small dining room or a dining room kitchen or dining room living room combo. Like round tables, square tables tend to work well in small spaces, and many counter-height and pub-height tables fall into this category. Rectangular tables, on the other hand, are the most popular table shape, and they can work especially well for decorating large dining rooms and entertaining guests. Here are some size considerations:

Square Tables

  • 34” to 44” wide, seats 4

Round Tables

  • 36″ and 44″ in diameter, seats 4
  • 44″ to 54″ in diameter, seats 4-6
  • 54″ in diameter or larger, seats 6-8

Rectangular Tables

  • 48″ long, seats 4
  • 60″ long, seats 4-6
  • 78″ long, seats 6-8 

Many tables also come with extendable leafs, which make it so you can extend your table when needed. Just remember that if you extend the table from its regular size, you may need to store extra chairs. 

Now that you know how to choose a dining table, it’s time to start shopping! Visit a Star Furniture store near you to browse our huge selection of dining room furniture in every style, for every budget, including dining room sets, dining chairs, dining benches, sideboards, and more. In the meantime, check out our in-depth guide to buying a dining room table.

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