An Australian hardwood timber dining table made by Eclipse is a very
special and unique piece of furniture to own. Each table made by Eclipse
represents the Australian bush landscape. Perfection within the wood is
generally not aimed for, although it can be. Every table is different and
within the markings a story exists about the actual tree and the tough
Australian environment that the tree has existed in.
A lot of time and effort goes into each table to create visual harmony
through a balance of tone and natural features. Each top is in fact a
work of art in itself thoughtfully created by an Eclipse craftsman and
the material being used to make it can be beautifully described as
'mothers nature's art'.
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 space where people can sit.
As a general rule, 600mm per adult allows for a comfortable sitting space
or 550mm per person for slightly less comfortable sitting space or for
round tables. 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 x your preferred
6-8 people: 1500mm - 2100mm long x "
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8-10 people: 2100mm - 2600mm long x "
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10-12 people: 2600mm - 3200mm long x "
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12-14 people: 3200mm - 3800mm long x
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14-16 people: 3800mm - 4300mm long x
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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
Generally speaking, centrally supported leg designs are proving to be the
most popular design these 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. We are always
mindful of not allowing table legs to interfere with the seating
capability of the table.
Centrally supported tables can be in all shapes, rectangle, square,
round, cigar and oval.
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 & Oval
A table with curved sides 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,
but there are quite a few other very functional and beautiful round table
designs to select from.
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.
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.
Adding a slight curve to the sides of (what was) a rectangular dining
table can be an excellent way to solve those conversation issues
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
Table top thickness' can vary according to preference. the majority of
the tables we make are finished at around 30 to 32mm thick which tends to
suit a huge range of sizes however there are also thicker top options one
of which is to thicken the top to being around 60mm which does look great
on larger tables. But be aware that imagining the thickness of a top when
looking at a tape measure is quite different to actually seeing it in
real life. Numerous times people have changed their view on top thickness
when they actually see a 30mm top for example.
Our preferred table finish is an oiled finish, but we also offer two pack
and polyurethane finishs. To find out more about these finishes please
visit our Finishes page.