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How To Choose a Table for Your Eat-In Kitchen

How To Choose a Table for Your Eat-In Kitchen

Sometimes when it’s mealtime, the occasion calls for surroundings more casual and cozier than the wide-open spaces a dining room offers. Whether you have a dining room or not, however, a comfortable little hutch or nook in the kitchen can be the perfect spot for a casual family dinner or an intimate breakfast. Whatever you envision for the area, be prepared and plan to get the most out if the limited space offered by your kitchen. To help you get started, here’s how to choose a table for your eat-in kitchen.

Measure for Measure

The old craftsperson adage states, “Measure twice, cut once.” Likewise, measure your kitchen space twice, or even thrice, to calculate how much space you’ll have not only for the table, but the chairs as well. Assuming your table has one side set against a wall, give each diner at least two to three feet of space, allowing them to comfortably pull out their chairs to be seated or to leave the table. Account for serving bowls and the like in the center and calculate how much area you’ll need as well (if there’s a nearby countertop that can accommodate you, so much the better). In general, you’ll need at least 36 inches of space for your tabletop, but adjust according to the size of the area.

Shape Up!

Start shopping for a shape! Smaller spaces are better served by circular and square tables, while wider and longer areas are ideal for rectangular ones. Since you’re in the kitchen, odds are that a smaller and circular or squarish table is the way to go. Small circular tables are, frankly, more charming and intimate. Their dimensions allow more open space and flow in your kitchen. They don’t have the obstructive and potentially damaging effects of hard and sharp corners, either! If you’re worried about bigger dinners down the road, look for a round table with a leaf or hidden leaf, but account for the extra length.

Leg Room Is a Necessity

Next, consider your table’s support system. A four-legged table has a classic look, extra stability, and more room for diners, but consider whether the legs spread out and slightly beyond the tabletop’s perimeter, presenting a potential tripping situation. If you’re looking to conserve space and go with a round tabletop, a thick pedestal base will leave plenty of leg room for diners while leaving the space around the table free and clear.

Material Issues

Here’s our last tip on how to choose a table for your eat-in kitchen. When you pick your kitchen dinette furniture, consider the best material for your needs and décor. Wood, of course, has a classic and traditional look, and is also easy to clean and repair. Metal tables are likewise easy to clean up and add a smarter, more modern look to your kitchen. Similarly, glass-top tables can free up a lot of visual space and make a room look bigger. At base, however, go with the dining set that best suits you and your kitchen’s style.