Choosing the best dining room table

Here's how to find a dining table that works for your space. Read on for sizes and shapes to consider when shopping for a dining room table online.

The best dining table for your home, will be, the one which is within your budget, fits in your space and has a style you’ll love for a long time. There are some key things to consider when choosing your favourite table.

Rectangular dining tables

Since, most dining rooms are also rectangular, a rectangular dining table is a logical conclusion. It’s also a good shape to seat more than four people, especially if it comes with an extra leaf for extending the length if more people want’s to sit by it.

Square dining tables

It’s not strange that, square shaped rooms look best with a square dining table. It’s also good if you do not have a large group to seat most of the time. A square table that can be expanded with leaves is good for those times you will need to seat more guests. You can even, group together two square dining tables, to create a larger rectangular seating area for special occasions.

Oval dining table

It’s very similar to a rectangular one in almost all it’s features. Visually, it seems to occupy less space than a rectangle because of the rounded corners, but this also means that it has less surface area. You should consider buying an oval table if you have a narrower or smaller room and need to seat more people.

The best dining tables for small spaces

The best solution are extendable dining tables, which can fit your entire family. Created for special occasions and spontaneous dinner parties, dining tables for small spaces seat lots of guests but are also perfect for everyday use. An extendable table can be collapsed down to its smallest form for daily dining. Putting additional leaves can  extend it by up to three times it’s size.

A few tips before setting up your dining room

Be careful when buying the chairs

Think about, how will your chairs function with e the table? Measure the height of the chairs to make sure they will fit underneath the table.

Always watch for space around the table

It’s very important to leave enough room around the table and also between each chair. There should be a distance of at least 80cm between the wall and the dining table and, approximately, 30cm between chairs.

Rules for buying a dining room table

Beyond the basics, here are some additional boxes to check before opening your wallet.

Measure everything

Most important: Your dining table has to fit your room! To best visualize how a new piece of furniture will look, take the time to block out the length and width on the floor, and the height of the table. It helps having a friend standing there with the tape measure while you write down the numbers

Watch for the table supports

Table legs can have an effect on how many people you can seat at a table. You just want to be sure the leg space isn’t being invaded by the supports for your guests and family. You should also verify if you have enough space for your knees when you scoot all the way in, and if you can cross your legs underneath the table. Here at HOSS, we pay attention to details as well as comfort of our customers.

Choose the right materials for your table

It can be difficult. You have to balance the care, the price, and style to choose the right table, and a table that’s not a good fit on any of those could mean a buying decision you will regret later. Here are the most common dining table materials:


Wood expands and contracts with heat and humidity and can show scratches and wear, but is fairly easy to repair and the most natural and breathing material.

Wood-like materials

Wood veneer is often a more affordable alternative to solid wood. Here, a very thin layer of solid wood is glued to a plywood or other wood core. To identify good veneer, look for tables with clearly-labeled core interiors, like kiln-dried hardwood. At HOSS we care for our customers and design with materials most suitable for healthy living.

Stone Materials

Stone tables can include marble, quartz composite or cement. Stone is durable but can be porous and can absorb stains easily. Depending on how it’s made, it can chip or crack.


Glass tables can include clear, frosted or tinted versions. They’re relatively inexpensive and can create a feeling of space and openness. The are also natural and non porous.


Metal, including stainless steel, brass, zinc and lacquered or painted versions of these, is used more frequently for table bases than tops. “Metal is durable and not easily damaged.


These are the most unhealthy and unnatural materials, either molded into a shape or glued onto plywood or another core, and are an inexpensive option. They can last a long time, but aren’t considered the nicest quality material.