Measuring for a Dining Room Table

Written by Derrick Clark


Posted on May 10 2020

A lot can happen around our dining tables. From holiday dinners, birthday parties and Sunday supper, the dining table is often the heart of home. We encourage you to find a dining table that works specifically for your lifestyle, whether you just need a small breakfast table or an extendable table perfect for large gatherings.

Measuring for a Dining Table

The first thing to take into consideration will be the number of people you'll need seating for since this will determine the size of table you'll need. Standard design guidelines recommend allowing 24 to 26 inches of tabletop space per place setting or person. 

Rectangular Tables:

  • 48” table to seat 4
  • 60-72” table to seat 6
  • 80-87” table to seat 8
  • 92-108” table to seat 10
  • 120” table to seat 12 

Round Tables:

  • 42-48” diameter round table to seat 4
  • 60” round table to seat 6-8 

Next, you'll want to be sure your table has enough space around it so there’s plenty of room to walk and maneuver chairs. We recommend allowing approximately 3 feet of space between your table and any walkways or walls.

DOMACI PRO TIP: Measure the length and width of your room in feet, then subtract 6 from both the length and width. This will give you the maximum length and width of your dining table to ensure that there is at least three feet of clearance. 

As an example, let's say your dining room is 14x11 feet. In this case, you would subtract 6 from both 14 and 11, which will make your ideal table size around 8x5 feet. 

Measuring for Dining Chairs

Measuring for your dining chairs

When deciding on your new set of dining chairs, you will want to make make sure your dining chairs fit with the height of your table. To ensure you and your guests are able to set comfortably, it's important to keep about 10 to 12 inches of space from the apron or underside of your table to the seat of your chair. With upholstered seating, If your seating is upholstered, there will be a little more room for flexibility since the cushion will typically compress around an 1to 2 inches. 

Measuring for a Rug and Light Fixture

Measuring for your Rug and Lighting Fixture

To add the finishing touches to your dining area with a chandeliers and a rug or vinyl floorcloth. Here's our to find the right size to suit your table and space. 

Light Diameter: Add up the length and width of your room or designated dining area in feet, then convert that total into inches. For example, a room that's 14x10 feet in size (14+10=24) should have a 24-inch-wide light fixture. 

Light Length: For the length, the bottom of a pendant should be 30 inches from the surface of your dining table.

Rug Size: Add 2 feet to the length and width of your table to allow room for chairs to fit on all four sides of the rug. Most dining rugs will need to be at least 8 feet wide.