Your dining table may reveal a lot about your dining style. More than you may think. Beyond simply style and color, shape plays a dominant role in determining the atmosphere of your gatherings. So we are breaking down dining table shapes … what they say, who they are ideal for, and suggestions for each.
1. The Rectangle: The rectangular dining table is by far the most common and typical. It is accommodating and welcoming, while maintaining a formal and proper feel. With an extending leaf or two, you can host a large gathering or holiday meal. The two hosts are stationed at each end of the table, indicating hierarchy. Suitable for a grand dining room or an integrated dining area.
2. The Round: The circular dining table is casual and suitable for smaller groups of people. There is no head of the table. Everyone is equal, endorsing the Arthurian myth. Perfect for a cozy group and intimate dining as you can see and speak with everyone at the table. We think it is perfect for a breakfast nook.
3. The Square: The square dining table is a wonderful solution for small spaces or combined kitchen/dining rooms. Suitable for 4 people or fewer, the shape allows for closeness amongst guests. If space is needed, it can easily be pushed against the wall.
4. The Oval: Though similar to the rectangle, the oval dining table seats a larger number of guests with the 2 hosts seated opposite one another at the ends. It does have a sleek appeal and eloquent flow.
Now let’s hear from you! What table shape is right for your home?