selecting the perfect table for any space
Choosing the right size, Shape, and more
At Thos. Moser, we believe a table should be the center of the home, office or conference room; and as such, it must be built to withstand the trials of daily wear while aging gracefully over its lifetime of use. Whether you are looking for a table to fit in your kitchen, a formal dining area, or a flexible work environment, finding the right table for your space is key. Choosing the right table can be challenging; size, use, and style are all important considerations when picking out a table to fit your needs.
The needs of your dining area
Dining is where we come together. Where families and friends gather to share food and come away with experiences and memories that transcend menus, place settings, and linens. The dinner table is where traditions are established, and memories are formed – and choosing the right dining table to best serve you is important.
Before we begin thinking about which table to choose, we first need to consider the room. What will the use of the table be? Is it for a more formal space or a more casual, everyday gathering place? Do you have other large pieces of furniture or architectural elements to plan around? Once you have a good understanding of the measurements and shape of your space, you can begin to consider table layouts. Whatever the use of the table, be sure that you allow for at least three feet of clearance around the table for ease of movement around the dining area.
Solid wood tables are available in a variety of sizes and configurations to best compliment your space. The most common dining table shapes are round, square, rectangular and oblong. Square and round tables work best in square spaces. Rectangular or oblong tables are best in rectangular spaces. Sticking to this logic will ensure that you are maximizing your space as well as table size.
After narrowing down your table shape and table size it is time to consider which aesthetic elements are important to you. Structurally, there are three common table styles; pedestal, trestle, and legged tables. These varying design structures can also vary stylistically – from traditional to minimal to modern. Remember that all your dining room furniture does not always need to be of the same style. If your whole dining room leans towards the modern side, it can provide a nice contrast to anchor the room with a table that is more traditional. If you’re struggling to find a style that fits your other furniture or your space, we invite you to reach out to one of our sales associates for help. Our sales team is comprised of design specialists that are eager to help you make your vision a reality.
Choosing the Right Shape
View Square Tables
Square tables work well in smaller spaces and create a more intimate dining experience and allow those seated to have easy conversations. If you are looking to place a table in a square room, a square dining table is a perfect complement to the room. Why? A square table allows for a visual balance to the room and will comfortably allow ease of movement around those seated at the table should they need to get up during the middle of a meal.
View Rectangular Dining Tables
When we think of formal dining tables we often turn to the classic look of a rectangular table. These long, spacious tables allow for large gatherings, extravagant spreads, and tops adorned with candles and centerpieces. This may also be one of the most common shapes of dining tables as the rooms they often inhabit are also rectangular in shape. The long look of these tables allows for clean minimal lines in the room. To ensure that you and your guests have adequate space at their settings and room at the center of the table, choose a table that is at least 36″ – 42″ across.
View Round Dining Tables
Round tables work well in a number of spaces; from kitchen nooks, alcoves, smaller rooms and offer a few unique traits that their more angular cousins fall short on. Ideal for casual spaces and dining, round tables provide a central space that everyone can reach, allow for easier conversations and creates a more welcoming and cozy dining experience, as no one is inadvertently made the head of the table.
View Oblong Tables
A stunning oblong table can create visual interest to any room. These tables exhibit the finest traits of round and rectangular tables. They offer plenty of room for dinner guests and the casual comfort of a rounded table. These tables work best in rooms where you need to seat several diners but may have slightly smaller dining space. The rounded edges of an oblong table allow for fluid motion around the table and create a stunning juxtaposition to the angular features of the physical room.
View Extension and Drop-Leaf Tables
Harvest Table pictured in Cherry with Newport Chairs
Consider how your day to day needs differ from your occasional needs. You may be able to create a more spacious and functional dining space by choosing an extension table or drop-leaf table. Extension tables include additional leaves that can be inserted into the table top to create extra length to accommodate two or more additional place settings. These tables offer the ideal solution for those who love to host dinner parties or larger family events but do not need additional seating on a day to day basis. When not in use, extra leaves can be removed to condense the dining table’s footprint. When selecting an extension table or drop-leaf table, be sure to get the measurement of the table when the extension leaf is inserted, or the sides have been opened so you will know that it fits seamlessly into your room.
There are two things that will help you select the right size table. One, how big is the room you will be putting it in, and two, how many people would you ideally like to seat at the table. Once you have figured out the shape of the table you would like, you can then look to different sizes. While we offer many standard sizes in our catalog, we are always willing to work with you and your unique needs. If you require a custom size or would like to create a piece that best fits your style with Moser quality, we would love to create a table that is undeniably yours.
When considering what size table to purchase, here are a few GUIDELINES to keep in mind:
- Each table setting needs about 24” from the center of the seat to the next to comfortably accommodate most people
- The table should have approximately 3’ of clearance on all sides to allow people to easily navigate around the table and into their seat.
- A 72” table will seat 6, a 96” table seats 10 and a 120” table seats 12.
Choosing the proper size and shape for a dining table is important – room size, usage requirements, and style should all be considered. Many of our tables are designed to seamlessly integrate across our portfolio, from dining chairs to cases. For more information about pairing dining pieces or customization, please contact us for a consultation.