The Advantages of Owning a Round Dining Table

Picture of a round dining table

We all know that dining tables come in all shapes and sizes but what we often forget is that differently shaped tables have both their advantages and disadvantages in certain situations. In this article we will uncover some of these to help you decide if a round dining table will make your dreams come true or trap you in your worst nightmare.

The biggest error people make when deciding to buy a round dining table is to underestimate the amount of space it will need to function properly as a dining table. Yes, the actual table will often easily fit into a dining room, but when you take into account the space needed when people are seated and add some walking space behind those people, you will quickly realise that even a small round table will require almost double its size to make it fully usable. Bear in mind that most dining rooms are square or rectangular in shape which could provide bottlenecks at certain points along the table. We would recommend that your dining area be at least twice the size of a round table to ensure that it fits comfortably.

However please do not assume that round tables cannot fit in small spaces. For instance, if placed against a wall, a round table can actually seat at least one extra person in comparison to a square or rectangular table. This is due to the curvature of the table presenting a greater surface area then other shapes of table.

Some owners will argue that a round table can be more personal when entertaining guests as you tend to sit closer together and are angled in such a way that you can see each other more easily. People are often pleasantly surprised by this effect and often report greater interaction with one another as a result.

Another great benefit is the fact that you can add or take away a chair from the table without the seating areas looking disproportionate. With square tables, if you have four chairs and take away one there will be a massive gap on one side of the table no matter how you position the chairs, whereas with a round table you can position three chairs evenly apart from each other making three chairs look perfectly natural. The same effect is present with any number of chairs which is particularly effective when you have greatly varying numbers of guests attending dinners.