Dining Table Info

Many furniture shops like to retain their floorstock and take orders quite often with lead times of somewhere around three to six months usually because the item is coming from overseas.    These are shops that sell furniture that can be repeated over and over again. Our furniture is made from unique timbers sourced from dead trees on private farms around the eastern states or it my be recycled from a previous use. This means that everything offered by us is very much a one off item adding to the special-ness in purchasing from us.  Therefore if an item sitting on our showroom floor  fits your requirements we are more than happy for you buy that item.  . 

But having said that, it so happens that the majority of the business we do is by special order in which case we get all the information from the person ordering as to what that persons preferences are in terms of the look of the species selected and we go to great lengths to deliver an item that fits those preferences. The item is tailor made in all respects.

You will have complete control over the design, for example you can decide on the placement of legs on a dining table to fit with how you'd like to place chairs around it, the thickness of the timber used and as mentioned above, the look of the timber used.

The rest of this page contains some useful general information about buying a dining table whether it's from us or from elsewhere.

Size & how many will fit

The first consideration is how many people would you like to seat and what space limitations do you have?

Aside from the dimensions, 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, 600mm per adult allows for a comfortable sitting space or 500mm per person for slightly less comfortable sitting space. It's worth noting here 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. Very often two chairs will have to be put elsewhere and brought in when required.

The following guide is what we consider to be the sizes relative to the number people that can be sat around it, again I stress, more people will be able to be sat any table than you will fit chairs tucked all the way in when not in use.  And this guide is also based on the table being only wide enough to fit one person at each end, say 1000 to 1100mm wide.
The variances relate to the different designs, as in centrally supported verses a table with four legs.

  • 4 people: 900mm - 1300mm sq
  • 8 people: 1400mm - 1600mm sq -Please note: A 1400 square table will only accommodate four chairs tucked in.
  • 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
  • 14-16  people: 3800mm - 4300mm long

Please contact us to discuss style and seating arrangements if you're after a table to seat more than 16 people.

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 700mm space around the table for chairs to be pulled out and for people to be able to move around the tablet with people sitting in the chairs.

Centrally Supported Tables

These are proving to be more popular now days as people tend to be drawn to the more contemporary designs and because of the more practical elements associated with not having a leg on each corner.  Our most popular centrally supported designs are the Axil,  Ulara and Platform tables along with some variations of those particular designs. 

Centrally supported tables can be in all shapes, rectangle, square, round, cigar and oval.

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 considerable 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 roughly equal dimensions, while longer shaped tables will obviously work best in more 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. 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. Another benefit is that everyone is 'wedged' in around a round table and everyone is equal in terms of space and comfort. 

A popular round table design is the Matego table, and then there is the  Knox and the round Jax Table  is a really nice looking design especially if you like the more retro looks.  

Square

Square tables can also be great to allow guests to easily converse with each other, however, a table at say 1500 or 1600mm square will only be able to sit a maximum of 8 people. We could create a 2000mm square table to seat 12 people, but it would be very impractical in many ways, especially trying to get it into where it has to go. 

Rectangular

A rectangular dining tables are certainly the most popular probably because most spaces tend to be longer one way than equal four ways.  And it would be true to say that there are more designs available in rectangle shaped tables.
The biggest draw back for a rectangle shaped table stems from the fact that people sitting along side each other in straight line can really only converse with the people next to them and opposite.

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.

Oval

It would be true to say that the benefits of an oval table involve just about all the benefits of the above shapes combined but to lessor extent, if that makes sense.

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.

Top Thickness

Timber usually only comes in three rough sawn thickness', 25mm, 38mm and 50mm although because of how we source our timbers we do sometimes get unusual sizes'.  Some of the recycled timbers that we get are thicker because they were originally milled as construction timbers.  So generally speaking, we would normally use the middle size thickness, ex 38mm for tables in the medium size category and the thicker timbers would normally be used for large tables over 2.5 for example. But again this is another flexible aspect of we do however there can be considerable price differences between the different thickness timbers when made up into a table due to the higher cubic metre rates for the thicker timbers.

Finishes

Our preferred table finish is an oiled finish, but we also offer a coated lacquer finish. To find out more about these finishes please visit our Finishes page.