Measuring For Your Table
The two important points with dining tables are the room size and how many people you wish to seat.
You will want a minimum of 36” between the table and any walls, buffets, etc. This will give enough room for someone to pass behind a person sitting at the table. However, more space, up to 48” is better.
The amount of space needed for each person will be affected by the base design and type of seating. Benches allow you to squeeze more people around a table. Chairs with arms require more space. Some bases, such as a straight leg with the legs at the table corners, don’t affect seating, where others, such as a sled base, mean you have to add the leg thickness into the equation. Typically 12-15” are needed on each end and then 22”-26” for each person. Here are some average sizes:
6 people = 72”
8 people = 96”
10 people = 120”
Width for dining tables usually ranges from 36" to 50" and we find most of our clients end up with tables from 40" to 45" wide. Height is typically 30" at the table top. With our thicker tops that means the base is 28" high. We have found a fairly large variance in height for our wheelchair bound clients and strongly recommend measuring the chair height to confirm the amount of clearance needed.
Coffee Tables, End Tables and Consoles:
Sizing for these tables usually revolves around the sofa or chair that they are located next to. Height will often range an inch or two from the norm if they are going to be near a particularly tall or short sofa or chair.
Coffee Table Height = 18"
End Table Height = 20"
Sofa Table Height = 30"
This is the place you are going to write the next great American novel or get your whole life sorted. Make it any size you need! Depth is typically 20"-30". Average height is 29"-30" but if you are more petite something around 27" might be better and save you some back pain. Many of our clients opt for adjustable bases that can accommodate sitting height, standing height and, from 5:00, bar height.