This is a series of custom dining room charts that set out proper table and room dimensions for 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 people. This is your ultimate dining room planning article.
When buying a dining room table and/or planning to create a dining area, it’s really important to ensure that you the get the right sized table for the space. In order to do this, it helps to know the proper dining room and table dimensions as in how much space surrounding the table you should have for optimal space so that people have sufficient space for sitting as well as walking around the table to get in and out of the room.
Below we put together a series of 5 custom diagrams that set out the proper dimensions for your dining table in relation to the dining the space for 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 people. Each diagram specifies the number of people the table accommodates.
Universal Spacing and Height Dimensions
- 3 feet of distance from table to wall on all sides.
- 7 inches of distance from chair to end of table on each side of the chair. Table length will vary according to chair width.
- 3 feet table height.
- 2 feet chair seat height from floor.
- 1 foot distance from chair seat to table top.
The following diagrams will vary slightly according to table shape. They are meant to be guidelines for space, distances and height. All examples below use square (4 people) or rectangle tables (6 to 12 people).
Dining Room and Table for 4 People
Dining Room and Table for 6 People
Dining Room and Table 8 People
Dining Room and Table for 10 People
Dining Room and Table for 12 People
What are the most important dimensions to consider?
The most important dimension consideration is space surrounding the table so that people aren’t not squeezed in like sardines. Ideally, your guests should be able to sit at a comfortable distance from the table and then be able to slide their chair back to get up from the table and walk easily around the table to get in and out of the dining area. Therefore, if you have a narrow dining room, look for a narrow dining table. Dining table dimensions vary widely and it’s better to have a narrow dining table with sufficient clearance on all sides than a wide table and not enough clearance. Since it’s much easier to buy a new table than renovate the dining space, most people will opt to get a narrower table… unless you’re undergoing a major renovation anyway.
One advantage of open concept living spaces compared to enclosed dining spaces is there is more space to accommodate larger tables (usually, but not always). Often it’s merely a matter of allocating space between the living room area and dining area.
Another important dimension is the height from chair seat to table top. There’s nothing worse than having legs wedged in without enough clearance. Fortunately, most dining table sets are designed with proper clearance. The issue comes to light if you buy chairs independently from the table such as having an antique table and then buying chairs that are slightly too tall (seat-wise).
One final dimension to consider is distance in between the chairs and from chair to end of the table. There needs to be sufficient dining space. Wider chairs help create more space, but may restrict the number of people that can be accommodated.
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