Dining Table Shapes: Which is Best for You?

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If you are redesigning your kitchen or dining room, one of the biggest questions you’ll face in terms of furniture is which dining table to go for. Dining tables are the centrepiece and focus of the room, so it’s important you get it right and that your choice suits the needs of your household. 

Dining tables come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and the main factors which determine what you go with will likely be the size of your dining room, and the number of people in your household. Of course, you’ll also want the table to match the aesthetics of your room, which is why many homeowners choose to go with bespoke dining tables. 

Square dining tables

If you have a smaller dining room, or only live with one, two, or three others, a square dining table might be the best shape for you. Square dining tables can easily be used for multiple purposes and can be slotted into the corner of the room when you need more space in the centre.

If you are a household of four, a square table may be ideal as you will get one side each. Alternatively, if you have a bigger household, you can always use two square dining tables and align them next to each other. 

Round dining tables

Round dining table

The main appeal about round dining tables is that they can be seamlessly worked into any shape of dining room. If you prefer informal mealtimes, round dining room tables are perfect as they create a more intimate atmosphere where everyone can chat and take part in the conversation. 

The fact there’s no head of table with a round dining table makes for a more casual seating arrangement, there’s also no awkward corners, allowing you to seat more guests comfortably. 

Rectangular dining tables

Rectangular dining table

Rectangular dining tables are typically the most popular, and you’ll likely find these in the majority of households. Rectangular tables can usually fit larger numbers of guests, so if you regularly have people over – this is probably the best option for you.

Also, if you live with a large number of people and regularly eat meals together, a rectangular dining table is likely to be the most suitable option for you. 

Rectangular dining tables are also a convenient shape for pushing up against the side of the room if you need more space. If you’re struggling for room, it can be a good idea to use benches with pillows on instead of standard dining room chairs. 

Oval dining tables

Oval dining table

Giving your dining room a more unique feel, oval dining tables are a more left-field option that may suit you if you are stuck deciding between a rectangular and a standard circle shaped-table. Oval tables combine the traditional feel of a rectangular table with a more informal and flexible twist. 

Oval tables are usually on the larger side, so they can be a good option if you are from a larger household, or regularly have multiple guests over. If your dining room is quite narrow, oval tables may be preferable when compared to rectangular tables, as the rounded corners help to save space.  

Best to go bespoke?

One way of choosing a dining table that will suit your taste is to go with a bespoke design. By going bespoke, you can tailor your table to be the perfect size, design and made of the materials you prefer. Team Build offer an array of bespoke custom furniture and can cater for anyone looking for a unique dining table. We make bespoke furniture from the best quality materials and create items of the highest standard. 

As you may have gathered from this blog post, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to dining room tables!

Always be sure to look around at all options before making your final decision, and if nothing is standing out, you can look into getting a bespoke dining table, crafted and designed exactly as you intend.