Do you host large parties or small family gatherings? Do you need some flexibility to occupy a few extra members in your family? If that is the case, an extendable version is the answer. It can be kept at its’ minimum size for regular meals and extended in various increment as the occasion arises, especially for Christmas feasts and other big events.
Ensure that your table gives you, your family members, and guests a comfortable dining experience while not adversely impacting on the overall area.
While evaluating the best suited size, many people forget to consider the width of it based on the requirements necessary for serving food from the centre. One would normally allow at least 40cm for a full place setting on each side. Then 40cm in the centre for plates, platters or tureens to serve from. That of course depends on the width of the room and whether one can fit a table of 120cm width. Many modern day homes will require a smaller width of 100cm.
Do you serve large and complex meals? Then, you should allow sufficient width to contain multiple dishes.
Rectangular tables should be at least a 120cm wide to keep the dishes in the middle . It will ease the congestion that numerous dishes on the table may present, and people from opposite sides of the table can choose their dishes hassle-free.
You should also note that going beyond a metre or so of width can reduce the sense of closeness and intimacy with co-diners, a true fine dining experience is an intimate one.
Chairs, including antique dining chairs, come with an average width of 47-50 centimetres. Note that chairs with more width may consume your space. It is great to have about 10 centimetres of free space between each chair to allow for elbow room between diners.