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
Following are a few points you might like to consider when thinking about
an Eclipse dining table.
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.
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
Adding a slight curve to the sides of (what was) a rectangular dining
table can be an excellent way to solve those conversation issues
Oil and wax vs. a coated 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
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
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
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