Table Sizing Guide

There are a lot of things to consider when determining the size of your next table. Here are some guidelines to consider regarding the size of the room, number of people you want to seat and table shape.


You want to account for 24-30 inches of table width per person and have 36-44 inches of space from the table to walls/furniture for chairs.


If you’re looking to fit more people at a smaller table, one thing to consider might be benches instead of chairs. Benches decrease the necessary amount of elbow room. Adults can sit comfortably next to each other with “only” 20 to 22 inches of elbow room, even though this would feel snug in chairs. Yes, we can make benches to match your needs and the style of your table.

Other things to consider are table width and how far the ends of the table overhand from the feet. We find for normal dining table situations a width of at least 30 inches is ideal. If your space allows for it, we find 42 inches to be the sweet spot allowing for people to sit on the sides, heads of the table, and leave plenty of room for food dishes and center displays on the table. As tables grow in length it is often that the width increases as well. For example, if going with a length of 10 ft, a larger width like 54 inches could make sense.


For rectangular tables with a trestle style base or metal legs, another thing to consider is their overhang. The distance from the head of the table to the table leg. These are our standard overhangs that work well and are customizable to your needs: 5ft – 6 inches, 6ft- 10 inches, 7ft – 12 inches, 8ft – 12 inches, 9ft – 12 inches, 10ft – 12 inches, 11ft – 18 inches, 12ft – 18 inches.