Choosing a dining table is not always a mammoth task, unless you’re planning for something different like a 12 seater dining table. You may be a regular entertainer or have a huge family, and a table of this size may be necessary. Therefore, when choosing your dining furniture, take due care so that your furniture complements your living space and fulfils the purpose for which you’ve bought it. Additionally, while choosing furniture for your new table, you need to ensure that your guests are comfortable and that they have a nice dining experience.
Consider the Space You Have
Before you set out to buy your table, consider the space you have and determine whether it is comfortable to accommodate a table of this size. Use a tape to measure table to wall clearance and table to furniture clearance so that you will get an idea of your table’s possible dimensions. Remember that you need to have a sufficient space between the table, chairs and sideboards, as well as walking space, and your table shouldn’t fill all available space. This applies even if you plan to set your table in your patio or garden. A good rule of thumb is to have at least 36 inches between the table edge and the wall.
Decide on The Shape of Your Table
A 12 seater dining table is not a small, cozy table, and will obviously be a larger one. Rather than just opting for a regular rectangular table, consider other options. A round or oval table is ideal if you have a smaller space but can’t compromise on seating. If your dining space is made for a rectangular table, a 10 or 11-foot table is ideal to seat 12 people. While shape is being considered, don’t forget to check on the height of your table. A comfortable height for most dining tables is 30 inches from the floor, so that there is sufficient leg space while seated and there is no cramping. Chair heights are usually around 18 inches from the floor to the seat, and there should be at least 12 inches between the chair seat and tabletop.
Your Table Arrangement
Avoid overcrowding your table as this will detract from it. Always have optimum distance between chairs – you certainly don’t want your guests elbowing each other at the table or feeling too crowded. If space is a major factor, consider using benches instead of chairs as this lets you to be more flexible with space. Of course, benches may not be practical for round or oval tables. When choosing chairs, always choose chairs with seats that match your table – round or oval tables should have round seats while it is preferable that rectangular or square tables have square seats. Allow at least 24 inches of elbow room for each of your guests. If you plan to host long dinners, get chairs with adequate padding so that your guests will be able to sit comfortably.
In summary, choosing a 12 seater dining table and furniture takes a great planning if you are to get it right. Take into consideration the space available and then decide on the shape and its dimension’s options for your table. Plan your table arrangement and choose the right furniture to go with it so that your dining furniture will complement your living space and your guests will have a pleasant dining experience. It is very satisfying to place everybody properly on a dining table and it can be done by considering the above discussions.