Dining Table Positioning

The positioning of your dining table will have a large impact on the overall appearance of your dining room. Many individuals simply place their table in the centre of their dinging room without giving the placing a second thought.

The best place to start when placing your table is to position yourself in the doorway of your dining room. This will be the location that you will first see your table from whenever you enter the room. The initial perception of your dining table is one of the most critical aspects of positioning to get right, as one tends to pay tremendous attention to detail when entering a room. Similarly, any guests that you have over for dinner or entertainment will have their first impression of their table at this location.

I often find that a table that is presented at a slight angle provides the viewer with a vivid 3D perception of the table, helping to inspire that wow response we strive for. Placing your table directly in front of the doorway at a head on angle will have the opposite effect as the table will take on a more 2D appearance. For those of you on the more conservative side might prefer this as a table positioned this way hides a little more in relation to the other decorations in the room. One can use this method when they want to draw attention away from their dining table. An example of this is when someone wants to draw attention to a prestigious painting hanging behind the dining room table, so that the focus shifts from the table to the painting.

While the dining table is often the centrepiece of the dining room, it is important not to forget the surrounding furniture and decorations. It is vital that the table lays in harmony with your decorations. Be careful not to cluster paintings but to spread them out to fill gaps where one might see bare walls. The distribution of items within the dining room needs to be symmetrical in nature.

Once the table has been placed in the desired location wonder around your dining room and examine the table from different angles. First of all take a slow walk all 360 degrees around the table. Do not worry if your are not completely satisfied with the view of the table from every angle, it is almost impossible to be satisfied from every perspective. Instead, prioritise from which angles you need the table to look at its best. These are most likely to be the places that the table is viewed from most frequently. Take a seat at each of the chairs and look around the room to identify the quality of the view from each dining position. One trick that can be used here is to give the least aesthetically pleasing seats to yourself and any family members when entertaining guests to ensure your guests always have the best view possible.

A final consideration is the quality of lighting. When entertaining for breakfast or lunch one requires a vast amount of natural light. Placing your dining table in close proximity to a large window should be carefully considered. During evening meals lighting should reflect the mood of the dining event. A cheerful atmosphere can be inspired with exceptional lighting, while a dimmed effect is favoured for stimulating a romantic environment. Consider various lighting sources including candles, lamps, lanterns, ceiling lights, hanging lights and chandeliers.

It is not easy to get ones dining table positioned in the best possible location, therefore it is recommend that a trial and error approach is used, taking advantage of the opinions of others and even attempting a rotation systems where one changes the positioning every 3 months in order to inspire a fresh perspective.