How big a dining table can my room fit?

The general rule of thumb is that you want three feet of space between the edge of the dining table and a wall or piece of furniture.  That leaves space for a person to pass behind someone sitting at the table and also space for pushing back the chair when you want to get up from the table.  That rule may vary some depending on the particular circumstances of the room (a dining space with a bay window for example), but it is a good rule to follow to not crowd a room with too big of a table.

I want to sit eight people at my dining table.  How big a table do I need?

For rectangular tables a six foot table seats six; an eight foot table seats eight; etc.  For round tables, we need to do a little math. Take the diameter of the table (the measurement end to end) and divide by eight.  A 64” round table will seat 8. If the table has a leaf, add two people for each leaf.

What size chandelier should I get for my dining table?  How high should I hang it above the table?

Take the width of the table and divide it in half.  A 40” wide table should have a 20” fixture. A chandelier should hang about 30” above a dining table.  Since most tables are 30” high, the bottom of a dining room chandelier should hang approximately 60” from the floor.

How do you figure the right size light fixture for a room without a dining table?

Measure the room and add together the length and width of the room in feet.  That number is the size of the fixture you need in inches. A 10’ x 10’ room needs a 20” fixture.  A living room that is 20’ x 14’ can use up to a 34” fixture.

Which is better, solid wood or veneer?

That’s really asking the wrong question.  The fact is there is good solid wood furniture and bad solid wood furniture.  The same is true with veneered product. A fine retailer like the stores that make up White House Designs for Life has vetted the furniture world and can guide you to quality product.

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