The best shape dining table for small spaces

wooden dining table with brown leather dining chairs

When space is at a premium, the decisions that you make when it comes to selecting the right rustic furniture can be even more important than those you make for larger rooms. 

Whether you have a kitchen-diner, a stand-alone dining room or your living space is open plan, if you only have a small space to work with choosing the best shape of dining table is essential. With so many options to choose from when it comes to reclaimed wood furniture, making the decision between a white round dining table, a reclaimed wood round kitchen table or a wooden extendable dining table in a rectangular shape can be tough.  If you want to create the perfect dining space that you have been dreaming of, however, there are some things that you will need to consider. 

How much space do you have?

Be honest with yourself. When looking at how much space you actually have for your rustic dining table it's essential not to think you have to fill the whole area. There should be enough room around your table so that when people are seated, you can still get from one end of the room to another. There are two shapes of dining table you will want to consider in your quest to find the best option so let's take a look at the pros and cons of each.

Round tables

round reclaimed wood dining table with grey faux leather dining chairs

If you are looking for something that on the whole takes up less space, then a round table is ideal. The aesthetic of a round dining room table not only gives the illusion of more space, but the softer, less angular lines give a more flowing, fluid look. Many round tables benefit from a central leg which offers more leg room too, so at a pinch, you can easily squeeze in another guest when necessary.  If you need to sit additional guests on a regular basis, then you may want to consider a small extendable dining table

A round table is also a very sociable addition to a room, making conversation between all of your guests much easier. 

The only thing to consider with a round table is when its positioning within a room. While it can be pushed against a wall to make more space when not fully in use, it can look a little out of place when you do this. 

Rectangular tables

reclaimed wood dining table with brown faux leather dining chairs

A huge advantage you will find with any rectangular table is its versatility when it comes to positioning. A rectangular table offers a real air of authority to a room when placed in the centre, but if you are really short of space it can be positioned against a wall and still look great. A rectangular table, even when not extended, will offer you a greater seating capacity. However, depending on the placement of the legs on your table, this may not be as comfortable for all of your guests. You may also want to factor into your decision that rectangular tables can make conversation between some people awkward. The “Bad Seat” problem can also make reaching food and drinks a little tricky. 

Extendable tables are a great compromise if you want the versatility of a smaller table for everyday use with the ability to seat more guests for special occasions. 

ironbridge industrial extendable reclaimed wood dining table

For many people, the shape of table they eventually opt for is really down to personal preference. Some of us simply prefer the look of a round table whilst for others a rectangular one is the perfect choice. As long as you consider the factors above, you're sure to be able to get the right shape for your space.

Have you got a small dining space? What type of dining table did you choose? We'd love to see pictures of your room. Follow us @modishliving and let's get chatting! 


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