Choosing a dining table for your home is an important decision; it’s where your family gathers at the end of a long day, the place where your kids do their homework and where you entertain loved ones.
No matter how lovely your decorating style is, if the furniture layout doesn’t suit the function and proportion of your space, the feeling of the room can be compromised. While it’s more traditional to go with a rectangular design, a round dining table might better suit your space.
Round dining tables have the ability to create flow in your home as they allow you to move around easier. This shape can suit both a formal dining room or a more contemporary open plan where you’ll experience higher traffic around the table. If you’re concerned the table will get lost in the space, add a rug underneath to define the dining area. Where you’re tight on space, keep the rug just slightly bigger in diameter than the table and don’t worry if the chair legs sit off the rug.
For those with young children, a round dining table can bring you peace of mind that there are no sharp edges to watch out for as they run around your interior.
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Ever sat down the far end of a rectangular dining table only to feel left out on the conversation? Round dining tables are designed to promote easy-flow conversations because everyone is able to clearly see and chat with their fellow diners. You’re also positioned slightly on an angle creating a feeling of openness and encouraging conversation.
The other advantage is you’re less likely to miss out on your favourite share dish while seated at a round dining table. And there is no person sitting in the middle spending most of the dinner passing platters up and down rather than enjoy the food and conversation.
Suitable for smaller spaces
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Because there are no corners, a round dining table generally has a smaller footprint than a square or rectangle making it suitable for smaller spaces. They also tend to fit more people around when you have additional guests. Because everyone is positions at a slight angle to the person next to them, it often feels less crowded because you’re not all lined up shoulder to shoulder like little soldiers.
Still not sure if a round dining table will suit your space?
Tips to decide whether a round dining table is right for your home
A measuring tape is your best friend when deciding on the shape and size of a dining table. Get precise measurements of your space and mark up all the important features like doors and windows, cupboards, furniture and power points.
If you’re not great at reading a plan, use some butchers paper or masking tape on the ground to map out the dining table shape and ensure you can move around it.
- When measuring out your dining table size, allow about 60cm of free space behind each chair so you can pull it out enough to sit down. If you’re using existing chairs, make sure you measure the chairs to ensure they will fit before you go table shopping. Allow about 20cm from the chair to the top of the table to ensure you can sit comfortably and if you like to cross your legs, best to allow 30cm.