How to Choose the Right Dining Room Table

This post was updated in January 2021.

Round dining table for a big or small space

When it comes to picking the perfect dining table for your space, you’ll want to focus on size and scale. More than anything, you want a dining table to be able to fit your entire family, and even extend with a leaf for larger groups! With this in mind, we thought we’d share how many chairs can fit around round, oval, and rectangular tables of standard sizes.

Choose the Right Dining Room Table with a Round Dining TableRound Dining Tables

Round tables have the most flexibility in terms of seating because of their round corners, especially if your round table is a pedestal table. Round tables are also ideal for a small spaces because they don’t take up as much room as a rectangular or square table.

With a standard 20″ x 20″ chair in mind, here’s what we found:

  • A 42″ round table can fit four people comfortably.
  • A 48″ round table can seat 4-6 people comfortably.
  • A 60″ round table can seat between 6-8 people comfortably.

Oval Dining Tables

An oval table is a classic look, and it’s also very flexible in terms of seating because of it’s rounded corners. Some round tables may have a leaf that turns it into an oval shape.

  • A 60″ oval dining table can seat up to 6 people comfortably.
  • A 97″ oval dining table can seat up to 8 people comfortably.
  • A 102″ oval dining table can seat up to 8 people comfortably.
  • A 120″ oval dining table can seat up to 12 people comfortably.

Choose the Right Dining Room Table with a Rectangular Dining TableRectangular Dining Tables

A rectangular dining table is the most popular shape because it fits so nicely in so many rooms. They also tend to have a clean, classic look that will never go out of style.

  • A 70″ rectangular dining table can seat between 4-8 people comfortably.
  • An 84″ rectangular dining table can seat up to 8 people comfortably.
  • A 90″ rectangular dining table can seat up to 8 people comfortably.
  • A 108″ rectangular dining table can seat up to 10 people comfortably.
  • A 130″ rectangular dining table can seat up to 10 people comfortably.

How many dining chairs can your table seat?

If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, this graphic is a great visual to see what size table you need!
round or rectangle table for small space
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Abbey Nolte

Abbey is a homegrown Georgia peach who loves a fresh take on Southern design. When she’s not working behind the scenes of the How to Decorate blog and podcast, you can find her cheering on the Appalachian State Mountaineers and spending time with her wheaten terrier, Charlie.

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  1. Reply

    Olivia Smart

    July 15, 2022

    Thank you for explaining that a 90 inch table can seat up to eight people. I’ve been wondering what size dining table to get for our large family. This seems like it could be the best fit for us , so I’ll look into finding one of this size.

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    Connie

    September 24, 2020

    I hope you can help me. If I have a dining room 11′ x 12′ 10” what shape and size table would work best and give enough room for chairs and walk around?

    Thank you,

    • Reply

      Caroline McDonald

      October 9, 2020

      Connie,
      Based on the measurements, your room is basically square. For square dining rooms, we usually recommend round dining tables. I’d suggest using our Room Planner Tool to test out what size round dining table you’ll need in your space.
      Good luck!
      Caroline

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