Expert Advice: Dining Tables

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. At Thos. Moser, we believe that the dining table should be the center of the home and as such, it must be built to withstand the trials of daily wear while aging gracefully over its lifetime of use.

Choosing the right dining table can be challenging; size, use and style are all important considerations when picking out your dining table. Material selection is also crucial. There are many benefits to solid wood dining furniture; it has a classic appeal that can add a natural touch to your dining space. The hardwood that we use for our dining tables is also incredibly durable and can last for a lifetime without major damage unlike veneered wood, plastic or laminates. Additionally, all of our dining tables implement traditional methods of joinery to ensure the tables integrity.

Solid wood tables are available in a variety of sizes and configurations to best compliment your space. Before you begin shopping for a dining table, it is important to measure and take note of the space you have available to work with. Is your dining room square or rectangular? Do you have other large pieces of furniture or architectural elements to plan around? Once you have a good understanding of your spaces measurements and shape, you can begin to consider table layouts.

The most common dining table shapes are round, square, rectangular and oblong or oval. 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.

When considering what size table to purchase, here are a few crucial measurements to keep in mind:

  • Each table setting needs about 24” 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 95” table seats 8 and a 116” table seats 10.

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Also, 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. Extension tables include additional leaves that can be inserted into the table top to create extra length to accommodate 2 or more additional place settings. Extension tables are ideal 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.


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, 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.