Most dining tables are made to standard measurements just the same as other furniture. Styles may vary, but upon measuring you will find that there isn't that much of a difference in dining table height.
You can determine which standard dining room table measurements are suitable for your home based on a couple of factors. First, how big of an area do you have at your disposal? How many people you plan to seat around your dining table.
The shape of your dining table may also be a consideration.
You can use the measurements below as a recommendation and guideline, but make sure to measure your room and any furniture you plan to bring into it before making a purchase. You should also be aware that sometimes dining table dimensions may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, so do not assume that all tables that seat four people will always have the same size. Even 2 inches can make a difference if you are considering furnishing a smaller dining room.
Standard Dining Table Height
While tables can have different shapes and sizes, the standard height of a dining table is pretty consistent. To function well, it has to be high enough so that there is enough clearance space above the knees of those who gather round to eat or chat. To be able to dine comfortably the table should not be too high. For that reason, most dining tables are 28 inches to 30 inches high.
A counter high table is as high as a kitchen counter which is usually about 36 inches high. These tables come in handy in informal eating areas where there isn't a separate dining room.
Standard Round Table Measurements
A round table creates a cozy atmosphere, and it is easy to see everyone at the table without having to lean over.
However, this may not be the best shape if you often entertain a large number of people. While it is easy to see everyone, it is hard to carry on a conversation when you have to shout across a large expanse. A huge round dining room table also might not be the best solution for smaller spaces.
- To seat four people: 36-inch diameter to 44-inch diameter
- To seat four to six people: 44-inch diameter to 54-inch diameter
- To seat six to eight people: 54-inch diameter to 72-inch diameter
Standard Oval Table Measurements
If you only occasionally need to seat many people at your dining table, you may want to use a round table with leaves that give you the flexibility to expand or reduce its size. However, you may also buy an oval dining table if you just like the shape. These are also suitable for smaller spaces because corners don't stick out.
- Start with a 36-inch diameter to 44-inch diameter table and use leaves to extend it.
- To seat four to six people: 36-inch diameter by 56 inches long
- To seat six to eight-8 people: 36-inch diameter by 72 inches long
- To seat 8-10 people:36-inch diameter by 84 inches long
Standard Square Table Measurements
A square dining table has many of the same advantages and disadvantages as a round table.
Everyone can sit close together for an intimate dinner and conversation. But if you are planning to seat more than 4 people it is better to buy a square table that extends into a rectangle. Also, square tables are not suitable for narrow dining rooms.
- To seat four people: 36-inch to 44-inch square
Standard Rectangular Table Measurements
Out of all the different table shapes, a rectangular table is usually what comes to mind. Rectangular tables take up the most space but are very suitable for larger gatherings. A narrow rectangular table may be the most suitable shape for a long, narrow dining room.
- To seat four people: 36-inches wide by 48 inches long
- To seat four to six people: 36 inches wide by 60 inches long
- To seat six to eight people: 36 inches wide by 78 inches long