Christmas is coming! Yes I know its still September, but the shops are already filling up with all things Christmas! Therefore its time assess the suitability of your dining table for all things Christmas entertainment.

Consider seating everyone in both style and comfort. Use our guide to select the best dining table for your home.

SHAPE MATTERS

Circular tables are good for conversation and feel more inclusive, making it easier to talk not just to your immediate neighbours but everyone. Equally they work well in small spaces, fitting in more questions that a square table of similar size. While Square and rectangular tables will line up neatly with other furniture and can be pushed against the wall if you need space, for a party, for example.

SIZE IT UP

As a rule of thumb, a square table measuring 90cm x 90cm, or a 90cm diameter circular one, will seat four people snugly. For six people, a rectangular 150cm x 90cm table, or a circular 130cm diameter design will work. For eight people, allow a table of 200cm x 100cm, or 150cm diameter.

Get the right size of table for the space. When you’ve found a table you like, and before you buy, check if it will work in your space. Cut and stick together sheets of newspaper to the size of your table, and lay the template on the floor to give you a sense of how it will fit. Remember you’ll need around 60-90cm from the table edge to the nearest wall/piece of furniture, and if you can spare 100cm there will be even more room for people to walk behind seated diners.

Consider tables that can be extended if you like to have a big crowd over. Gateleg tables, which have a flap or flaps thatĀ fold down, are perfect for compact rooms. Check that there’s enough space when at its maximum size.

TWICE THE VALUE

If your table will double as an eating and working space, you’ll need one with a practical, hardwearing surface. For instance, a design with a top that can be re-oiled or painted would be better than a lacquered one.

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