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How to Find the Perfect Dining Table Height & Other Important Measurements

Learn all the basics of dining table heights.

Dining Table and Chairs

When you're on the hunt for a new dining room table, nailing the right height is an important aspect to both the aesthetics and functionality of the room. Learn how to choose the perfect dining table height.


Dining Table Height

Dining Table Height Diagram

There are four common dining table heights: standard, counter height, bar height, and extra tall. Adjustable-height tables are also common.

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Standard: Standard height tables are about 28" – 30" high and are meant to be used with chairs that have seat heights of 18" – 23". This height is more formal and works well for families with a wide range of age and mobility.

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Counter: Counter-height tables are about 34" – 36" high and are meant to be used with chairs that have seat heights of 24" – 26". These tables offer a more informal feel and are great for small spaces, as the height creates a more open look.

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Bar: Bar-height tables are 41" – 43" high and are meant to be used with bar stools that are 28" – 33" high. These tables can be a nostalgic replica of a bar in your own home.

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Tip!

Discover more about picking the right bar stool with our Bar Stools Dimensions guide.


Extra-Tall: Extra-tall tables are 44" – 47" high and are meant to be used with chairs that have seat heights of 34" – 40". Extra-tall tables are an extremely popular option in modern and contemporary homes.

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If you are buying chairs separately from the table, always check the seat height. There should be 10" – 12" between the chair seat and the bottom of the table.


Dining Table Width and Length

While dining table height is important, width and length are also crucial factors to consider. These two aspects impact how your room looks and how comfortable eating at your table will be.


Width

The table width – which is measured along the “head” of the table – impacts how easy it is to pass food and how many platters or serving pieces can fit along the center line of the table. To easily pass food across the table, the width should be no more than 48". However, if you have a sideboard or buffet table and will only have place settings on the table, you can choose a narrower table that is as small as 30" wide.


Tip!

Dining table width, length, and height information can be found in the “Weights & Dimensions” tab for each product on Wayfair.com


Length

For guests to eat comfortably (and avoid bumping elbows), each guest should have 24" – 26" of horizontal space. To steer clear of dings and scratches, keep 6" between chairs. If you are buying chairs separately, knowing the table's length will also help you know how many chairs can fit at your table. Just remember that the legs of the table may take away a few inches on each side.


Dining Room Measurements

Both width and length impact how you move around the room, so it is important to know the dimensions of your dining room while shopping.

There should be at least 36" – 48" of space between the table and the wall so guests can easily walk around the table. We also recommend having at least 48" between a table and a doorway.


dining room measurements


Dining Table Shape

It is important to recognize how the size and shape of your dining table affect seating capacity.


Round: Round dining tables take up less space than other shapes. This makes them perfect for small rooms where space may be limited. They fit especially well in the center of square rooms, where their rounded edges leave the room feeling much more spacious. Do not use round tables in rectangular rooms.

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Rectangular: Rectangular tables fit well within rectangular rooms. When in doubt, choose a table shape that mimics the overall room shape. These dining tables do not work well within a square room, as the long length would appear oversize and affect how you move around the table.

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Oval: Oval tables are a stylish alternative to rectangular tables. They work well in modern and contemporary spaces and fit best in long, rectangular rooms. Do not put an oval table in a square or round room.

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Square: Similar to round tables, square dining tables are best used in small spaces. Match the table to the space by only using square tables in square rooms.

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Free Form: Choose a free-form table if you want an eye-catching conversation starter. These dining tables come in a variety of organic or novelty shapes. Due to their irregular shape and size, play it safe by using free-form tables in large, unrestricted spaces.

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Seat Capacity

Dining tables sit anywhere from two people to over eight people. Use the following chart as reference for combining seating capacity, table shape, and table size in your space.

dining table seat capacity


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