One of the real advantages of a glass table top is that you can have it made to whatever size and shape you need. A wide array of shapes, edgeworks, colors, and sizes are all at your fingertips. But what size table do you really need? Here are a few general rules for your space planning before you place that table top order.
Work The Room:
- Although chairs come in a wide variety of widths ranging from a narrow 14 inches to much wider, a good rule of thumb is to allow 28 inches width for each chair
- Allow roughly 4 to 6 inches of space between chairs for extra elbow room comfort
- Leave at least 36″ minimum between the pushed in chair to the surrounding walls, so someone serving can still adequately fit around a seated guest
Mind Your Base:
- Add 12 to 14 inches of depth for leg room beyond the edge seat so people aren’t bumping into the base with their knees
- The area of the base should support at least 1/3 of the area of the table top
- Standard table surface heights are 29 to 31 inches for a dining table. So be sure to measure the height of the arms on your chairs to make sure that they will fit underneath the apron of the table at its lowest point along the edge. You don’t want your guests chipping your beautiful new table or your gouging your chairs.
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