Dining Table Info

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 us"

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 space. 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 need be.

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.

Shape

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.

Round

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

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.

Rectangular

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.

Curved Sides

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

Oiled Finish

The practical and durable aspect of our dining tables stems largely from the combination our oil and wax finish and the dense,  robust timbers that we use. We understand that you and your family will want to use your table on a day-to-day basis without having the constant fear of it getting marked and scratched, and that's exactly what we make, we pride ourselves on making tables that can be used and enjoyed without being paranoid about what the kids might do to it. 

Plates, cutlery or toys being dragged across the table top? No problem.  A common sad story is - someone dragged a card board box across our dining table that had a big staple underneath ? sound familiar.   This sort of thing is not a major a problem, you can pretty much fix it yourself, in fact there's barely anything you can't remedy on our oiled and waxed tables with some fine abrasive steel wool, maybe some very fine wet & dry paper and possibly another coat of oil or wax. That's not to say that it will still look brand new after many years of everyday use, of course it won't, nothing will but the appearance will represent an appealing worn look as opposed to it being a tired and unattractive worn look.

Put simply, the tables we make are likely to still be around in at least 100 years time, the everyday wear and tear will not detract from the appearance of a table finished in oil and wax so long as there been some basic up keep maintained. 

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. 

The oil and wax finish on our dining tables is designed to be "family friendly." Click here to read more on this finish.

Lacquered Finish

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 constant 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 thickness.

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.