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Dining Room Furniture Buying Tips

When measuring your room for fit, allow a minimum 36 inches around the table to have people seated and be able to walk around. For example: if your dining room is 9-1/2 feet x 12 feet then the largest table you can comfortably fit is 42 inches wide x 72 inches long. (If you want a hutch, then you will have to shorten the dimension of the table by the depth of the hutch for whichever wall you place it on.)

Standard Table & Seating Heights
Table Height Seating Height
Dining 30″ 18″ Chairs
Gathering* 36″ 24″ Counter Stools
Pub 42″ 30″ Bar Stools
*same height as standard kitchen countertops

Formal dining tables, if they have any leaves, will be removable and casual, gathering, and pub tables will usulally have self-storing leaves. (also known as “butterfly” leaves)

Most dining tops are built with MDF or other fiberboard/plywood for a flatter, more stable construction. (MDF being the superior choice) This is then covered with a real wood veneer. MDF additionally helps to prevent splits along the grain of the table top which is more common with solid wood construction. Solid wood table-tops are also subject to twisting and cupping of the individual boards needed to make the large surface. Very few tables are still made with all solid wood for this reason. “Butcher Block” style table tops which have the boards set on end and sandwiched together are an exception to this problem.