Dining room size guide. Useful tips for your cosy dining room!

What is the good size of the dining room?

If you are a proud owner of a new home or you are faced with the dilemma of renovating your current home, you will desperately need practical advice if you are not an interior design expert, of course.

If you think this is an easy task, it is not! I’m here to help you.

If you want to achieve great and fast success, I will reveal a few secrets for successful interior design of your dining room. So today we will look at the dining room or more precisely:
There is no exact definition of the size of this space. The important thing is that your home is cosy and the moments spent there are a pleasure. Many of my clients have asked me the question:

What is the best size for a dining room? Let me explain in more detail and start from a distance to draw the whole picture. When buying or renting a home, you need to think about what exactly you need and more precisely:
Type 1. You are a large family of 5 or more people and spend more time at home.
Type 2. Or you are a young couple, but you like to invite guests to dinner and you need a large dining room with comfortable chairs.
Type 3. You lead a fast-paced lifestyle and do not stay long at home, etc. These are the three main types, which does not mean that you will necessarily be one of them. As I said above, think about your needs and prioritize them.

What size should the dining room be? Or What is the standard size of the dining room?
These two questions are often asked in Houzz and this is exactly what prompted me to pay attention to this design dilemma. So if you ask this question, you are probably one of the people who need this space in your home.

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Dinning room size requirements

If we take the first type as an example, you are a big family and you need a big dining room. Then consider whether you can expand the room by moving or removing a wall. A good solution would be to combine the kitchen and dining room and create an open plan. You could organize two areas, a kitchen and a dining room, connecting them thematically with appropriate colours, furniture and materials.

Another good solution is to consider a breakfast bar. It would be a great addition to your dining room in case unexpected guests come or just for a Saturday night with cocktails. Measure the room well. In the best case, leave a distance of 1 meter between each piece of furniture or, as we call it, “Good through passage”.

This will provide you with enough comfort. If you can’t afford these distances, try to provide at least 60 cm. Everything else is an exception. An interesting solution would be to consider an extendable table with extendable chairs. Another important part of the furnishing of the dining room is if you are of the second type working crazy and do not stay at home, but are looking for the cosiness and comfort of home, you could furnish your dining room with a small dining table for 4. What is the minimum width for a dining room? 

If we look at the room in numbers, I can say that 3.5 x 3.5 meters would be a suitable size for a small dining room furnished with a round table for 4 people. Do I need a rug for my small dining room? I think rugs give an exceptional cosiness and atmosphere, especially if they are combined with the curtains or the upholstery of the chairs, for example.

You could paint one of the walls in a colour present in the carpet or hang a picture on the wall with appropriate patterns. You will not go wrong, the right size rug is good for a dining room, so you enhance the effect in the interior. Below we will look at the other sizes of dining rooms, as well as what is the best shape for a dining table.


What is the standard size of a dining room?

The recommended dining room size would be the one that would best suit your requirements. For this it is important to seek help from an interior design specialist or to roll up your sleeves, measure the space and calculate each detail yourself. 

The ideal size of a dining room would be about 4 x 4 meters, which will ensure optimal comfort when sitting and passing. Pay attention to the colours with which you will decorate the space. Small rooms should be in lighter or pastel colours, as well as have enough light. Be careful with the style. Too detailed styles, such as Vintage, for example, would create a feeling of overcrowding. This size dining room would be suitable for 6 or 8 chairs. 

How big is a dining room for 6? It would be difficult for me to determine what the standard size for a dining room is. If we look at the situation in numbers and say that a small dining room is for 4 people and a large one for 12, then we can assume that the standard dining room size is for 6. So: 

How big is a dining room for 6? There are exceptions in this size as well as in other sizes of dining tables. We can have a table for 6 people in a more compact and standard size. If we talk about standards of course. The small size could be 76 x 152 cm and if you choose this option for the interior of your dining room be careful with the choice of chairs.

Dining chairs are divided into two types: small or standard and armchairs, which are larger in size and are suitable for larger dining rooms and tables, respectively. The standard size of a dining table for 6 people would be the one with a size of 90 x 180 cm, with which you could also think of comfortable dining chairs with armrests.

What are the different sizes of dining tables?

As with size, dining tables vary in shape. They are divided into several shapes: rectangular, round, hexagon, oval and square. Before you make your choice for furnishing your dining room, look at Individual Dining Settings requirements. Also pay attention to the place between the back of the chair and the wall or cabinet at the back. Provide enough space for passage. Let’s look at the different sizes and shapes of dining rooms and tables. The rectangular table would be suitable for a more spacious room with a rectangular shape or open plan. 

Also, such a form is decisive for modern, contemporary and industrial design. Round tables have a more classic look and take up less space. If you choose this shape you will lose more space on the table. They are suitable for traditional interior solutions, as well as for classic and vintage styles. Hexagonal shapes are not common, but they have their advantages. 

They are something between a square and a round shape and are a good way to gain more seating space. The oval shape is associated with classic interior styles and large-sized dining rooms. They are usually used for dining tables for 8 or 6 people. Square tables are usually used to furnish small dining rooms and are suitable for 2 or 4 people. Whatever dining room sizes and tables you choose, carefully combine sizes, styles and colours.

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