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Elliptical Oval

Quick Points

  • Elliptical Ovals facilitate conversation well
  • They provide less seating with the same total size than other shapes

What sorts of spaces Ovals are good for?

An oval table fits well in a space that is longer than it is wide.

How the curve affects table use?

With no straight edges on the table, an oval is great for traffic flow.  People can easily move around the table. With the curve, the ends become rather narrow, making it less than ideal for seating.

The issue of seating lots of people?

An elliptical oval table makes a dramatic table. The nature of the shape though is that it is difficult to seat a lot of people.  As noted above, the ends are not ideal for seating.  

How they compare to racetrack ovals?

The straight sides on a racetrack oval make it easy to seat people on the long sides of the table.  The continuous curve of an elliptical oval table creates an eye-catching dining table but can make it difficult to fit quite as many people at the table.

How they compare to rectangles?

Rectangular tables and oval tables both fit into similar spaces. The main difference is that an oval is more organic in shape while a rectangle lets us use the corners. Corners are great for squeezing in an extra person or two, while the organic shape can improve the flow of your space.


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