Choosing The Right Table Size For 8 People
Having the right size dining table is always important, and one of the important things when deciding on the size is how many people will sit at it. You want everyone to have enough space to eat and be comfortable, but you also don't want a table that is so large that it takes up too much room or makes conversation difficult. In this blog, we'll explore what size table is best for 8 people, and what factors to consider when choosing the right size for your space.
First, let's look at the dimensions of a standard dining table. A standard dining table is approximately 30 inches tall, and the most common widths are 36 inches and 42 inches. The length of a table can vary, but a common length for an 8-person table is between 72 inches and 96 inches.
Assuming you want everyone to have enough elbow room, a table that is at least 36 inches wide is ideal. This will give everyone enough space to eat comfortably without feeling cramped.
A table that is 42 inches wide or more will provide even more space, which can be helpful if you plan to serve dishes family-style or want to have space for decorations or centerpieces.
When it comes to length, an 8-person table should be at least 72 inches long. This will provide enough space for everyone to sit though it will be a little crowded, and I would recommend 42” wide for this length. If you have the space, a table that is between 84 inches and 96 inches long will provide more space for guests and make it easier to serve food and drinks.
In addition to the dimensions of the table, it's also important to consider the shape. A rectangular table is the most traditional shape for a dining table, and it's a good option for a group of 8 people. A rectangular table in the dimensions above will seat 8 people well. A racetrack oval of the same dimensions should as well, though an elliptical oval will not.
If you prefer a round table, a table that is 72 inches in diameter will seat 8 people comfortably. However, keep in mind that a round table can take up more space than a rectangular table of the same size, so make sure you have enough room in your dining area. Also of note, a 72 inch round table will make it difficult to reach the middle, which is why a round table is often not ideal for larger gatherings.
Make sure to consider guest comfort. Make sure that everyone has enough elbow room and isn't cramped or bumping into each other during the meal. A general rule of thumb is to allow at least 24 inches of width per person, so for four people, a table that is around 48 inches wide would be the minimum on the long side.
Another thing to consider is the functionality of the table. If you plan on using the table for other activities such as board games or homework, you may want to consider a larger table to accommodate those activities. On the other hand, if your main use is just for meals, a smaller table may suffice. The way you serve meals may also affect the size of your table.
In conclusion, a rectangular or racetrack oval table that is 84 inches to 96 inches long and 36 inches to 42 inches wide is the best size for 8 people. If you prefer a round table, choose one that is at least 72 inches in diameter. Remember to consider the shape of the table as well as the dimensions, and make sure you have enough space in your dining area to accommodate the table you choose. With the right table size, you can host a comfortable and enjoyable meal for 8 people.