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How to Choose the Perfect Dining Table..


There are many elements to consider when deciding on the perfect dining table for your space.

At Lesser Spotted we have lots to choose from, but first, what should you be looking for?

Where is it going to live?

If its for the kitchen and under threat from small hands then a more robust and easy clean surface is probably wise. (or utilise some of the fabulous oil cloth options now available - Ian Mankin have a good choice)

Robust hardwood top - a perfect kitchen table. Robust hardwood top - a perfect kitchen table.

If you have a separate dining room then you have more options and can look at more decorative/delicate finishes.

Highly polished Oak Table Highly polished Oak Table

How many people do you need to seat?

If you are a large family or have frequent visitors then a big table is incredibly useful. If you only occasionally need to seat large numbers then it might make more sense to pick an extendable version, this way you can use the additional space/room for other purposes for the bulk of the time.

We found this fabulous article below from How to Decorate  detailing which shape tables to choose and what space is required.

What size is your room/space?

It’s so important to have a table and chairs that are comfortable and fit the scale of the room. Think like Goldilocks. You don’t want a table that’s too large or too small. If you follow our basic measurement guidelines, you’ll find a table sized just right for your dining room.

Allow 24″ between the table and wall so people can easily sit down and get up from the table
Allow 38″ between the table and wall if people are going to walk behind the table
Plan for 24″ for each place setting so people can comfortably eat without hitting elbows
The maximum width of a table should be 48″ – any more space and your guests can’t pass things across the table and conversation becomes strained
The minimum width of a table should be 36″ – any less width and you will have difficulty placing serving pieces in the middle of the table
If space allows, base your size table on the number of persons you usually have for dinner then add two. That should accommodate a normal number of guests.

What shape is your room/space?

The shape of the table is equally important in creating a beautiful and comfortable space.


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A rectangular table is the most common shape because most dining rooms are rectangular. It’s also a great shape for seating more than four people. Rectangular tables are often more flexible since many come with leaves that extend the length.


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A square table looks best in a square room. It’s also a great solution when you have a small guest list – a large table can be off-putting. You can always put two square tables together and make a rectangular table for special occasions.


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A round table works well in small rooms and smaller square shaped rooms. It creates a cozy and intimate setting, so it’s the best shape for a small group of people. A large round table, however, can make guests feel very far away from each other. For versatility, get one with a leaf that changes into an oval shape that accommodates a larger group of people.


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An oval table is very similar to a rectangular shape table, but visually it uses up less space because of the rounded corners. Therefore, oval tables are a great fit for a narrow or smaller size room. Many oval tables also come with leaves to extend their capacity.

Do visit us at www.lesser-spotted.com for more: Lesser-Spotted Tables