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Round or rectangular dining table - which is the best shape?

Natalia Kolomiets

Posted on Aug 12 2020

Mesa de comedor redonda o rectangular: ¿cuál es la mejor forma?

When choosing a new dining table, you will have to choose between Round y rectangular. Choosing the right shape for your space ensures that your new table looks great in your room and works for your needs. Round and rectangular tables have different advantages, so read on to make sure you pick the best one for you! 


The first thing to consider when choosing a round or rectangular dining table is the space you have available. Different shapes adapt to spaces of different sizes. So this has to affect your choice of table.

Saving space

If you have a small house or dining room, please note that the round tables take up less space. They have a smaller surface area than their rectangular counterparts, so they will fit into tighter spaces much more easily. If you are concerned about space, it may be a better option to choose a circular table that doesn't make your room feel cluttered or your guests feel claustrophobic.

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Quick Tip: When choosing the table size for your room, remember to take space for chairs into account!

Against the wall

While round dining tables take up less space as a whole, they don't fit into walls as easily as rectangular shapes. This can be a positive aspect as it divides the lines in your space to make the design feel softer, but it doesn't work for every room.

Being able to place your table against the wall can be more beneficial to your kitchen or dining room setup and can help you use your space more effectively. This depends on your existing furniture and how you have organized your room.

When choosing between round and rectangular, think about where your dining table will fit and how much space you have available.


Appearance is a high priority for anyone looking for a new piece of furniture, especially something as central to home life as a dining table. It is essential that your table looks good in your space as it is usually the focal point of a dining room.


Round tables have a way of drawing the eye and pulling the surrounding items. The circular design can help the table look more anchored in the room and can often feel more like a centerpiece, although this is often more affected by other factors such as positioning and color.

Rectangular tables

Rectangular tables, on the other hand, can have more air of grandeur than round tables. This means they work very well in formal settings or dining rooms, rather than dining rooms-kitchens.

There is no quick rule of thumb when it comes to which board looks best, round or rectangular. It often comes down to personal preference and the way the rest of your room is set up.

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The capacity, for some people, will be the decisive one between round or rectangular tables. The size of your home, or how many people you usually dine on, may well determine what shape of table you need.

Greater capacity

Round tables are limited in size, while rectangular tables have a much larger capacity. They can go from 4 people to 14 or more! The shape of the table means you have the freedom to choose a size to suit the number of places you need.

Extendable tables

While round tables are usually available for up to four people, there are often options for choosing a table round extensible. This can be a great idea if you are space conscious, but sometimes you have guests and need extra capacity.

A round table helps create a more intimate feeling when you have a small number of people, while the option to extend it allows you to sit even more when you want.

You can also get extended rectangular tables if you want the option for large numbers without having a large board in the way all the time.

Social elements

Rectangular vs circular tables affect how sociable your table feels and experience.


Round tables facilitate conversation better since everyone has the same ability to speak to anyone else. Rectangle boards sometimes present difficulties with this, as the shape can separate people from each other, especially in larger groups.

Board games

If you are a tabletop gamer or simply enjoy playing board games with the family, a round table might be better for you. Everyone has the same access to the board and there is no one they cannot reach, which creates a better gaming experience.


Roundtables also feel more informal. There is no head of the table, so it gives a feeling of greater equality and enhances the dining experience. The days of King Arthur might be over, but round tables are still useful if you want to create a less formal feel!

Unequal numbers

Rectangular boards are designed for symmetry and look best when there are an even number of places on each side. Round tables, on the other hand, are more flexible when it comes to uneven numbers. You can easily remove a spot on a round table without drawing attention to the missing spot. They are great for uneven numbers, or if a guest can't make it!

"The bad seat"

Everyone has experienced sitting in the "bad seat" at a table. It's the place where you can't talk to many people, can't reach for food, or feel isolated from group conversation. This tends to happen more with rectangular boards than round ones, so circular boards may be a better option if you want to avoid this.

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Leg room

Circular tables generally have a single leg in the center of the table, rather than four legs. This gives you more legroom when sitting around the table. It's also easier to accommodate an extra seat at Christmas or other special occasions, without someone having to negotiate to sit around your leg!

However, this is not always the case. There are more and more leg design options with rectangular tables that allow for more space and comfort. Cross legs, for example, can work well.



While the round table requires individual seating, the rectangular dining tables offer the additional option of benches. Benches may not be ideal for all situations (Grandma might need extra support), but they are generally worth considering, as they have a number of benefits over chairs. They can also add a more contemporary touch to a family home.

First, benches tend to be more space efficient. While the chairs can be tucked under the table, a part of the chair will always be left outside. On the other hand, you can put a bench so that it is completely out of the way.

Second, benches can be incredibly useful if you have children who often invite friends. It's easy to place extra people on a bench, especially children, without having to move spare chairs from other rooms in the house.

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Safe for children

Rectangular tables can present a greater danger to children. Whether young children are learning to walk or energetic children are carrying, round tables do not have sharp corners that are otherwise risky.

It's not just kids who bump into the corners of the table, either - most adults know the feel of a bruised hip or thigh when walking on the edge of a table!


When it comes to round or rectangular dining tables, the best shape for you will depend on the space you have available, the size of your family, and ultimately your personal preference.

If you are looking for a quality wooden table, explore the range of dining tables at Oak.Store




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