Dining Table Size and Shape
The first thing to figure out is what size of dining table is appropriate. If you’re dining room is fairly small, buying the largest table you can find makes little sense. The first step you should take is to measure out the length and width of your dining room so that you know how much space you have to work with.
Next, decide how many people you want your table to hold. Figure out a seating capacity that makes sense for you. If you have a family, or you regularly entertain guests, a larger table will be needed. Just make sure there is ample space between table settings so people won’t be bumping elbows while they eat.
Depending on the shape of the room, you’ll need to decide if you want a rectangular, square, oval or round dining table. It’s important to remember that you also have to fit chairs in the room; leave enough space between the edges of the table and the walls so that a person sitting in a chair will fit comfortably.