The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Dining Table

Shopping for the perfect furniture can be exhausting!!

So many customers tell us “we have spent hours shopping for the perfect dining table”, “ we are so glad we found you”.


My name is Chrie, my husband and I are the owners of the wooden whale workshop.

We are always here for you to help you design furniture that will fit your space perfectly and look absolutely amazing in your home!


Today I would like to help you with sizing of a rectangular table, some things to consider ( you can choose one option, multiple options, or all the options when considering the size of table that best fits your family and space. 
Answering any of these questions will help us guide you to the perfect size table, as well as picking the perfect leg style.

*how many people would you like to seat ( do you need a rectangular table to seat 4 and expand to accommodate 8 people or a table that seats 8 at all times)

* how big is your dining space? Is it a large open space or do you have a door that opens into your dining space? All these little details are amazing if you need help with deciding on the correct size dining table!! ( photos are always super amazing too)
Interior designers recommend a minimum of 3 feet on all sides of your dining table.

When helping customers with sizing Brad and I like to take multiple things into consideration.

Not just the size of your room.

*do you have or do you plan on having a sideboard or buffet in your dining space.

Taking all of these things into consideration, as well as a few other small details will help determine the best size table and can also influence the type of leg style that would best fit your space.

For example: if your dining room is 12 foot by 9 foot the biggest table you would want to put in that space would be a 6 foot long table. 
If you would like to seat 8 people comfortably (3 on each side and 1 on each end) you would not want to choose a table with 4 legs (one on each corner) a 4 leg table at 6 foot long would only allow for approximately 64” of chair space between the legs of the table on the long side.

Therefore you would on for two chairs between the legs of the table.

An inset leg style, with only two legs, would allow for 3 chairs down the side of the table, allowing you to fit your desired 8 people at your dining table. 

If you are considering a bench.
4 leg benches are typically made to fit in between the legs of the table where two leg benches are made the length of the table. 

There are so many little details that most people don’t notice or think about, but no worries, that is what we are here for!

We look forward to offering more tips and tricks!!