Feng Shui for Dining Room Table Selection

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Question: We are looking into buying a new dining table, what shape would work best?

Good question! In feng shui, shapes are the expressions of the five feng shui elements, which is a subtle language that might not be very obvious right away in one's home decor!

Even though you can almost call it a "hidden" language, knowing how to work with the feng shui of shapes can balance and harmonize the energy in any specific place. This is especially important when it comes to the shapes of prominent features, such as the shape of tables, rugs, flooring, big patterns in the wallpaper, etc.

So, good for you for considering feng shui in your selection of the dining room table! 

There are several criteria to look at when choosing the best shape for your dining table.

1. Best visual choice. What is your dining room asking for? What table shape will look and work there the best?

2. Best bagua area match. If most shapes would work, then decide based on the feng shui bagua area of your dining room.

Let me go into more details about these 2 points.

From a general feng shui perspective, a round or oval table is considered better than a square or a rectangle one. The reason for it being the flowing shape that contributes to a more even distribution of energy, so to speak. In simple terms, sitting at a round or oval table will make everyone feel more welcome, at ease and equal in their relating to each other.

However, the first criteria to look at is your dining room size and shape. If your space is asking for a square or rectangular shape and you insist on having a round table, you will not be creating a good feng shui dining room.

Good feng shui always starts by listening to your home, and then applying the best feng shui guidelines to it. So, if you feel that a square or rectangle table would work better for the of your dining room, go for it because it is also good feng shui, just be sure to buy one that has rounded corners. Sharp corners are always best avoided as  they create bad feng shui energy called Sha Chi.

Now let's go into the deeper level of feng shui; the one where you have to know the bagua of your space. If you are not familiar with the bagua, or the feng shui energy map, this info will help:

To make it easier for you, here are the best shapes for each bagua area of a dining room:

East - Rectangular or Square

Southeast - Rectangular or Square

South - Rectangular

Southwest - Square

West - Square or Round

Northwest - Square or Round

North - Round

Northeast - Square

Center - Square

This selection is based on the play of the five feng shui elements and how they either support the energy in a specific bagua area or weaken it. If you want to go deeper with your understanding of the five elements, here is more info:

A couple more details to look at while selecting a good dining room table. The table should be in proportion to the room, and it is considered best to have an even number of chairs (unless you go for a round table.) Best feng shui chairs are the ones with a solid back.

As the dining table is one of the most versatile and functional furniture pieces in your home, I would suggest taking your time and doing some good research. Ask where the table is made and who made it.

Buying locally, whenever possible; this is always a good idea and excellent feng shui, too. Invest in good quality wood and try to avoid a glass top dining table.