In general terms, the overall shape of your table should be the first consideration. Once youâ€™ve decided on a shape, the materials and style may follow. We have provided a pair of examples for each shape, to emphasize the wild variation within each category.
As the most popular table shape, rectangle comprises the most populated category. Being the most functional shape allows for a playfulness of style that spawns a wide variety of tables.
The square is the simplest table design. Four legs, equidistant from each other. These are perfect for four diners and compact spaces.Â ultra-minimalist design
Round tables allow for shifting seating options, and often hold features such as hinged edges or a leaf, which turns it into an oval shape.
Central lazy Susan built-in.
The oval design is a popular choice, allowing for the sensuous curves of a round table, but with a lengthier surface area providing more space for diners.
Our second freeform example stands a rounded triangle shape in contemporary glass and metal construction, with lengthy sides for two diners each.
The idea of freeform design is that there is no concrete definition. This category comprises any tables that do not fitÂ within standard shapes. Our first example stands in a rotated L-shape, with a pair of standard legs supporting opposite a full slab.
The tabletop is where youâ€™ll interact most directly and often with your dining table. It is, of course, the most important element of any tableâ€™s construction.Â When youâ€™re happy with its appearance, you can forego placing aÂ tablecloth. While many designs are holistic, with the same material used throughout, some tables feature a different top material than the frame build, so we are focusing on this aspect for our material category
Our example wood table is a unique piece, with one side of the structure holding ample built-in shelving for decorative or utilitarian storage.
Glass tabletops bringÂ an elegant, airy feeling to any dining room, opening up the visual space and providing a clean, modern surface to interact with. Our featured model stands on a graphite X-shaped frame.
The laminate tabletopÂ is based on a multilayered construction, allowing for a sturdy, appealing, yet wear-resistant surface. Our example here is a white PVC laminated table with chrome ring frame.
Metal tabletops bring a modern, hard edged touch to any dining room. The material is stain resistant, hardy, and cool to the touch, and fits well with industrial or contemporary styled spaces.
Marble is often seen in homes as a kitchen counter top, but can be found on certain luxurious dining table models. Imbuing any space with an elegant, rich tone, marble tabletops will present a heavy, textural surface thatâ€™s cool to the touch and easy to clean.
One of the more unique tabletop constructions involves the use of tile. Whether across the entire surface, or used artfully in specific placements (usually framed in wood), tile can make for a textural, detailed surface to dine on.
The final element of important consideration when shopping for a new dining table is style. Here you will choose the visual language of your new furniture. Style is the way your
Traditional style is still the most common youâ€™ll find when shopping for dining tables. With elegantly carved wood, detailed textures, and rich proportions, this style is timeless and powerful.
Modern style evokes a graceful mixture of utility and aesthetics that flourished beginning in the 20th century, with clean lines and sharp angles framing unfussy surfaces. This table brings a thin, airy element to any room.
Rustic style utilizes unpainted wood in more natural, hand-carved shapes for a simplistic, back-to-nature feel that is popular in cabins and cottages across the country. Our featured example has a rounded log-style frame beneath a soft edged flat table top.
Industrial style is meant to convey the look and feel of factory machinery and tools, with naked metal and bold, strong wood shapes paired into a purposeful look. Our example table features a crossed I-beam frame and natural hardwood tabletop.
Shaker furniture is defined by a direct focus on simplicity and utility, bereft of unnecessary embellishment. Our example table in natural wood tone features a solid rectangular construction, simple lines, and a matching set ofÂ dining room chairs.
Contemporary design can appear in a wide variety of looks, so long as they meaningfully present an â€œof the now,â€ up to date appearance. ContemporaryÂ tablesÂ can be found in every type of material and every shape configuration. Our example features an all white circular construction from the base up to the tabletop.
Dining room table capacity refers to how many people can comfortable be seated at the table.Â As you can imagine, capacity varies considerably.
While you want to maximize seating capacity, you donâ€™t want to end up with a crammed dining room where nobody has any space to get in and out of their seat.
2 Person Dining Table
Small 2-person in-kitchen dining table
4-person dining room table in formal dining room.
6-person dining room table
Large 10-person dining room table in large formal dining room in luxury home.
8-person dining room table in formal dining room.
Types of Dining Table Bases
Dining table with 4 simple legs
4-leg trestle hybrid dining table.
4 legged dining room table with support beams
4-legged dining table with cross beams
Pedestal base dining room table
Custom modern pedestal base dining room table.
Sawhorse base dining room table
Trestle-base dining room table
Cross leg dining room table base
Table Top Types
Slab top: No drop down or under top frame. Results in more legroom.
Drop Top (Framed-In Top)
Drop top: Frame built under top for added support.Â
Types of Table Legs
Below is an illustration showcasing 3 popular types of table legs.Â The other type is a straight leg â€“ whether straight round or straight square.
3 types of table legs: spindle, tapered and cabriole