Most separate dining rooms are rectangular, making perfect sense of a rectangular table. Increasingly, however, the areas in which people eat are attached to the kitchen. These larger spaces mean everyone, including the cook, can be part of the action, and most suit rectangular tables. But there are many reasons for considering a round one.
First, round tables don’t have corners. This means they are easier to get around, and there’s less chance family or guests will bump or crowd each other when trying to sit down to dinner. This may not be so much of an issue in a large area but it certainly is when space is tight. Essentially, round tables make small dining spaces work much harder. They save space and people feel less crowded.
Second, round tables are arguably more sociable. Rectangular tables sit people in rows, which can limit interaction. You are more likely to speak to the person sitting next to or opposite you than you are someone at the opposite end of the table. For different reasons, if they are too big, round dining tables share a similar problem but, generally, a round table is more social. Everyone faces each other. It can be easier, too, to reach for a platter of food, or at least catch the eye of someone to pass it to you.
Third, round tables often come on pedestal legs. One leg, rather than four or six, means a small footprint and more leg room for diners. A curious aspect of round tables is that also they tend to visually draw surrounding elements towards them. They can make things look tidier, or more harmonious.
Fourth, round tables can be safer if you have a household with children or adults who are a little prone to clumsiness. No one feels happy after having bumped a hip into the corner of a table.
Round tables are space-savers and arguably more conducive to entertaining. They can be tucked into a corner without making a room feel cramped and they are easier to get around. But they aren’t good in a traditional rectangular dining room, if you have a large family or if you regularly entertain groups of eight or more. The best way of discerning if round is a good shape for your room is to first make a template with paper, factoring in room for chairs.
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