A table is one of the most essential pieces of furniture in a home. It is a family power place, where we spend a lot of time while at home. We typically interact with the table many times throughout the day. Therefore, it is important for the table to be an inspiring element rather than an irritating one.
We'll talk about the choice of materials for a table later. For now, let's discuss the shape and size.
Size really matters
If the area of your kitchen or dining room allows for a large dining table, it's worth considering. A large, solid table can become a central piece of the interior. With comfortable chairs, it will draw in all members of family, bringing everyone together in a family circle.
It can not only serve for dining together but also for working or doing homework with children. Often, it's more convenient than standing over a student at a writing desk.
So, if you can accommodate a dining table with a length of 200-220 cm, consider this option. You won't regret it.
However, it's essential to maintain the necessary distance from the walls and other objects, especially from the kitchen. The distance from the kitchen's working surface to the table should be a minimum of 110 cm, preferably 120-130 cm, to allow space for chairs and free movement without getting in each other's way.
Nevertheless, placing the table too far from the kitchen is not advisable either. The number of trips between the table and the kitchen during the day can add up to hundreds. Multiply this by an extra 4-6 steps, and it's better to take those outside for a breath of fresh air after dinner.
If your kitchen space is limited, it's worth choosing the largest table that fits ergonomically in your room, even if you have a small family. Firstly, for future growth, and secondly, a large table is always convenient.
Round or rectangular
In my opinion, it's a matter of personal preference. However, it's worth remembering that the idea that a round table takes up less space is a myth. In reality, a large round table for six people, for example, occupies a significant area in the kitchen or dining room.
Its diameter should be 120-130 cm for comfortable use. If you add 70 cm to the diameter for chairs on each side, you'll have a zone with a diameter of 260 cm.
To accommodate such a table, the room must be square and quite large, with a free space of 2.6 x 2.6 meters. Reserving such a large area for a table is not that simple.
For comparison, a rectangular dining table for six people can have dimensions of 120 x 80 cm. This creates a zone of 2.6 x 2.2 meters. However, the surface area of such a table will be significantly smaller. So, serving a round table is more convenient, and you can put more plates on it.
A more comfortable rectangular option for six people would be a table with dimensions of 140x80 or 160x90 cm, creating corresponding zones of 2.8 x 2.2 or 3 x 2.3 meters.
For four people, a round kitchen table with a diameter of 90-100 cm is sufficient, or its rectangular counterparts, such as 110x70 cm or 120x80 cm. If the room is small and you plan to place the table against one wall, it's best to choose one with a short side.
Sometimes, the shape of a small space is better suited for a round table. If you have a small kitchen, you can place it in a corner and shift it to accommodate all family members. This can also be a functional solution.
Lastly, it's a good idea to choose a table with slightly rounded corners, even if it's square or rectangular. It's easier to navigate around, and you won't hurt your legs. Small residents won't bump into it during use.
Although the ergonomics of dining tables and materials are topics for separate articles.
Make a great choice!