While our website displays a large range of dining
tables that we've made previously, you're certainly not limited to
these designs. If you have a certain design in mind don't hesitate to
contact us and we'll be happy to discuss your
requirements. Following are a few points you might like to consider when
thinking about an Eclipse dining table.
However, before that if you would like confirmation that being on this
website is being on the right track, please read -
"Why buy a dining table from
Size & how many will fit
The first major consideration: how many people would you like to seat, and
what space limitations do you have ?
Below is a general guide on how many people you can seat at various size
tables. The design of the table can have some bearing on this, for example
a centrally supported table does not have any legs around the perimeter of
the table taking up some space where people can sit.
As a general rule, we like to allow 600mm per adult for comfortable sitting
space at a table. Or 500mm per person for slightly less comfortable sitting
It's worth noting that there is always a difference between how many
people can sit at a dining table and how many chairs can be tucked in when
not in use.
In situations like that if someone bought an 'eight seater' table that will
fit ten reasonably comfortably and bought ten chairs then when not in use
the table should only have four chairs along each side and leave the ends
open because the remaining two chairs won't fit in at the ends anyway and
the whole setting looks a lot neater that way, less cluttered and then the
other two chairs will need to be put elsewhere in the room or the home and
brought in when ten people are being seated.
So keep in mind that in many instances a table might be referred to as say
a 'six seater table but it will in fact fit eight people around it and an
eight seater table will actually fit ten etc.
With respect to square tables such as 1500 or 1600 square
it's worth noting that for the amount of space that it will take up it will
only ever sit eight people at it whereas with most of shapes you can always
squeeze an extra couple of people around it.
Square tables have been quite popular over recent years for the obvious
reason that everyone can see one another and converse more easily but there
is that draw back that is worth taking into account.
A round table will do the same thing and you will be
amazed how many people will fit around a round table because of the shape
you can allow 500mm per person instead of 600mm for very comfortable
seating. To work out what the circumference of a round table is multiply
the diameter (in millimeters) by 3.144 and then divide that by 500mm to
work out how many people will fit around it. If it works out to be say 5.5
or 5.6 people then really, six will be quite do-able.
The following rough guide relates to tables with four legs, one on each
corner, a centrally supported table will have a little more space around
it. And this guide is also based on the table being only wide enough to fit
one person at each end.
4 people: 900mm - 1300mm square
8 people: 1400mm - 1600mm square
4-6 people: 1200mm - 1500mm long
6-8 people: 1500mm - 2100mm long
8-10 people: 2100mm - 2600mm long
10-12 people: 2600mm - 3200mm long
12-14 people: 3200mm - 3800mm long
14-16people: 3800mm - 4300mm long
Please contact us to discuss style and seating arrangements if you're after
a table to seat more than 16 people.
Also, accessibility into where the table is going is an
important part of the preliminary stage of working out a dining table size
and design, certainly for larger tables. Stairs? Narrow hallways or doors?
Corners to navigate? An elevator? All these things need to be taken into
consideration so we can ensure that your table can be delivered without any
problems. Table tops can be removed with the use of a cordless drill if
If you're not sure what would be the ideal size for a table in your dining
room, it can be beneficial to mark it out on your floor with masking tape,
allowing at least 800mm space for chairs and room to move around it
with people sitting in the chairs.
While the guide above is good to help ascertain the number of people you
can seat, as mentioned above, the shape can also have a great bearing on
seating capacity. The shape of your table should also be related to the
shape of your dining room - a square or round table will look best in a
space with equal dimensions, while longer tables will obviously work best
in rectangular shaped spaces.
A round table is by far the most practical for maximising seating capacity
within a limited space. Everyone seated at it can easily converse with
anyone else at the table, and you'll be surprised at how many people you
can squeeze in when a couple of extras arrive for dinner.See above for more
handy information on round tables.
Square tables can also be great to allow guests to easily converse with
each other, however, they will only seat a maximum of 8 people. In the
extreme we could create a 2m square table to seat 12 people, but it would
be very impractical in many ways, especially trying to get it into homes.
A rectangular dining tables are certainly the most popular probably because
most spaces tend to be longer than equal both ways. And it would be true to
say that there are more designs available in rectangle shaped tables.
Adding a slight curve to the sides of (what was) a rectangular dining table
can be an excellent way to solve those conversation issues mentioned above.
Oil and wax vs. a coated finish
The practical aspect of our dining tables stems largely from the
combination our oil and wax finish and the tough, dense and robust timbers
that we use. We understand that you and your family will want to use your
table on a day-to-day basis, and that's exactly what we make, we pride
ourselves on making tables that can be used and enjoyed without being
paranoid about getting little marks and scratches on it. Plates, cutlery or
toys being dragged across the table top? No problem. Someone dragged a card
board box across the table that had a big staple sticking out underneath ?
yeah well I'm sure you know the rest of that story. Not a problem, you can
fix it yourself, in fact there's barely anything you can't fix on our oiled
and waxed tables with some fine abrasive, steel wool and possibly another
coat of wax.
Whereas a lacquered finish is more susceptible to scratches and will begin
to look "tired" after a decade of everyday use, the oil and wax finish will
look nicer in 10 or 15 years than it did when you bought it.
Put simply, everyday wear and tear will not detract from the appearance of
a table finished in oil and wax, and the table is likely to last more than
Also, for your peace of mind, the oil and wax we use are 100% natural and
non-toxic. We supply all our customers with an after-care kit with their
dining table, including a nourishment product, steel wool for polishing and
detailed instructions on what to do in the event of scratches and spills.
The oil and wax finish on our dining tables is designed to be "family
friendly." Click here to read more on this
Although the oil and wax is our preferred finish for a table that will be
subjected to everyday use, we understand that it might not suit everyone.
If you'd like a beautiful table for a more formal setting that will require
no maintenance, then by all means, we can provide a high quality, durable
two pack lacquered finish.
There are a number of different lacquers being used in the market, put
simply, they fall into two categories; single pack lacquers and two pack
lacquers. To the untrained eye, they look incredibly similar when the
product is new, but they will wear much differently over time, especially
with everyday use.
We use the higher quality two pack lacquers, which have a hardener added to
them before they're applied. Our low sheen lacquered finish is
hard-wearing, scratch resistant and will last for many years depending on
the type of use it gets.
Proportions and Style
Depending on your preference for the size of table you'd like, we can
usually change the proportions of various elements to suit the style. For
example, if you're after a particularly large platform table, we would
recommend using thicker boards of timber to provide a nice substantial top
On the flip side, if you're after a smaller bakers table, we can scale down
the legs and top thickness to suit your overall dimensions. This part of
the aesthetics of a table also has some considerable bearing on the price.