Planning your dining room

The dining table is the centre piece of the dining room where the family eats and can arguably be called the heart of the home. Choosing the correct sized dining table is not always a simple task. Ensuring you can seat all your guests comfortably with enough space to move around whilst not over filling the room or being to small can be troublesome. Fortunately we have put together the following page and downloadable guide to help you with this.

Room planning guide

To help laying out your dining room/area we have put together this step by step guide to build your floor plan and work out what available space you have for a dining table. You can download our room planner that comes with a step by step guide, scale grid and a cross section of scale tables complete with seated guests so you can get an immediate feel for what table will fit in your dining room.

1. Measure overall wall to wall

First start by finding your overall dining area by measuring the furthest points wall to wall. Make a note of the length and width and draw this out on the PDF grid.

Example Your measurements
   
Length -  450cm Length____________
Width   -  350cm width  ____________

 

 

2. Add in extra features and furniture

Once you have the overall square of your room you need to add in any extras you have, e.g. cabinet, bookcase or protruding walls.
Measure the depth of these and add them to the appropriate wall on the layout.

If you don’t have the grid, note down the depth of the furniture on each corresponding wall.

Example Your measurements
   
A - 42cm A - __________  B - __________ 
D - 30cm C - __________  D - __________

Deduct these values from the corresponding length and width e.g.
B+D from the length this will give you the remaining available space

Example Your measurements
   
Length - 450-30=420cm length - (B+D)= __________
Width - 350-42=308cm Width - (A+C) = __________

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Measure and mark clearance

Once you have marked on and deducted any furniture etc from the overall room size, you will need to mark on the minimum clearance required.
We recommend 90cm on each side of the table for comfort or 70cm for compact.

Without the grid you will need to take the remaining available space e.g. 420x308cm and deduct 180cm (we are using 90cm for each side) from both values.

Example Your measurements
   
Length - 420-180=240cm Length - __________
Width - 308-180=128cm Width - __________

Giving you an available dining table space of:

Example Your measurements
   
Length - 240cm Length - __________
Width - 128cm Width - __________

 

 

 

 

 

4. Choosing a table

Now that you know the maximum space available you can check this against our table designs. To find the available starting sizes simply scroll down any of our product design pages to the price calculator where you will see, sizes, costs and seating plus any other options that table may have.

Choose a category from below to browse from our available dining table designs.

 

Seating guide page

If you already roughly know what size table and design you want. We suggest you go to our Table Size and Seating Guide page which will take you through table sizes and how many people you can seat around them.