When a Round Dining Table is a Great Choice

how to choose a dining room table

You’ve probably noticed our new round dining table.

I’ve been thinking about getting a round table since we moved in two and a half years ago.

Here are three reasons it worked out well for our space.

how to choose a dining room table

1. Circles + Squares = YES

Even though the dining area technically only has two walls (one of which is patio doors) the area is still a square. In our last house I loved a round shaggy rug in a square room we had. Squares and circles play nicely together. Sometimes if a room feels off, it could be because there are all angles an no curves–a well balanced room can benefit from having both.

In a dining room, a circle table is so comfy in a square and you don’t have any uneven areas. This doesn’t mean a rectangular table is wrong, it just means that a circular table could be extra great! Especially if you are into symmetry!

choosing a dining room tableour old table

2. We wanted to be able to squeeze people in.

Here’s a photo of the table we were using before. I found it for $15 at a yard sale years ago and I still love it, we use it on the porch now. This table is one of the smallest and most narrow rectangle tables I’ve seen. It only fits two chairs on the long sides and one chair on each end. Because of the leg placement, there’s no hope for squeezing extra people in–so six people was our max.

round table

Here we have five chairs (one’s a huge wing back!) and we can easily fit two or three more chairs around the table. There truly is always room for one more person, and conversation just feels nicer around a round table.

Plus, because of the nature of a circle it just feels like it takes up a lot less room in our house. Circles for the win!

round dining table

3. I was ready for a change.

The table we were using had really out served us and needs some major repairs. So I knew I needed to get a new table and instead of getting another rectangle table like we’ve always had, I felt like a change would be refreshing! And it is!

 

And because you all are smart, I asked for your advice on round vs rectangle on instagram click here to read all the helpful comments.

I was 90% sure I wanted a round table, but once I asked your advice, I was sold and ordered my table that afternoon!

Things I wanted in a table:

  • Must be white. We already have so much wood, and I’ve had a black table and it sucked all the light out of the room
  • 60 inches wide (this one is 54, I was really hoping for 60 but it was really hard to find a style I liked and as long as I could get 7 chairs around it, it was good enough)
  • One center pedestal instead of legs –this gives you more room to add in chairs
  • Something a little modern, we have 12 inch plank pine floors, planked ceilings and live out in the country, so our place can take a lot more modern pieces without feeling like a dude museum. It’s all about balance.
  • Bonus: the finish on the table mimics the finish on the counters (white quartz)

 

how to choose a dining room table

We’ve had the table for a few months now and LOVE it! I found it at All Modern it’s made by Pangea Home and I highly recommend it. It came with a heavy mirror-like metal base that you can put on the bottom, but we opted to leave that part off.

 

 

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Comments

  1. I love your choice of round table! I have a black one that is very functional but I want to paint it white because our walls are already grey and we need more light. Any suggestions for what to paint with that will stay and not get scratched off easily?

  2. Hi Ginny! I’ve painted one table and the paint is STILL sticking–it was a black wood table, I sanded it, gave it two coats of WALL GRADE flat paint, (crazy I know) and then once that dried I used semi-gloss wipe on poly! it’s still holding up out in the barn, here’s a post about more about it, and it links to an ebook if you need more info–it really depends on what you are starting out with: http://thenester.com/2010/07/how-to-paint-furniture-like-a-real-pro.html

  3. We have a round breakfast room table and ours was a space saving decision as well. I love how we can squeeze SO many chairs around it because its a pedestal. Mine’s dark but we have white chairs and a ton of windows, so it balances out. Love how modern yours is plus the mismatched chairs!! Looks fantastic!! xoxo

  4. My mom switched our dining room table to a round, pedestal when I was in high school. Brilliant. We could cram so many people around it and nobody is ever straddling a leg. She still has that table and I still love it!

  5. Charlotte says

    Recently moved (downsized) and knew a rectangular table would add to the bowling alley look of the living area. Bought a 54 inch round table that can expand if needed. Very happy with the decision — round helps break up the area. Love your table and mix of chairs.

  6. I love your round table. However, I would do away with the big wing back chair and get something not as big. But that is just my opinion. :) Your house is super cute.

    • Yeah, design wise, it’s not my ideal choice, but for our real life, it really works well–I sit there a lot during the day and work!

  7. I just bought a round table for the square dining space in my kitchen. Just like you, I wanted a pedestal table so no one is straddling a leg. My cabinets are white, however, and the kitchen has lots of light so I’m getting ready to paint it something a bit darker. Grey, maybe, or taupe. Your table looks fabulous.

  8. I absolutely love that table! I’ve been thinking for a long time that I need to switch out my rectangle for a round!! I have so many straight lines and rectangles in my house and the opposite shape of a circle would make my dining space so much more catching! Do you think that table would hold up to small kids with crayons and pencils and homework??? What is the surface like to maintain?

  9. I love After seeing this table on your blog, I thinking about purchasing it. How has it held up since 2016? I have 2 toddlers. Also, although they aren’t super comfortable, do you think wood farmhouse style chairs could work with this “modern” style table?

  10. Let me try this again. That’s what I get for typing from my phone. I’m correcting my errors.

    After seeing this table on your blog, I’m thinking about purchasing it. How has it held up since 2016? I have 2 toddlers so durability is important. Also, although they aren’t super comfortable, do you think wood farmhouse style chairs could work with this “modern” style table?

    Thank you.

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