New table - what dimensions should it have

When buying a new table, there is often uncertainty about the right size. Depending on whether it is a dining table, an additional storage table or a desk, of course different rules apply. The size in which case is needed in this post.

Table species

In order to determine suitable rules for the table size, we must first subdivide after using the table and table species:

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  • Dining table
  • writing desk
  • Other table (storage table, garden table, etc.To)

Proper dimensions for the dining table

Basically, the size of a dining table is precisely how many people eat regularly and at the same time. If only rarely guests stay to eat, you can also use a smaller table that can be removed on the right length if necessary.

Standard size: the width of the place setting

In order to determine the space requirement, in particular the correct table length, a simple standard measure can be used for rectangular tables: the width of the place setting. It is 60 cm. That is the width that a seat occupies.

This width can - if more comfort is required - be extended to 70 cm. With a width of 50 cm, the typical beer tent atmosphere is created with very cramped seating. But that should rather remain the exception and not necessarily become the basis for planning.

Table width

If people are sitting on both long sides of the table, the dining table should be at least 2 x 40 cm wide (on both sides) plus an extra 20 cm between the two place settings. The optimal width of a dining table is always 100 cm. If necessary, two guests can sit at each end of the room if the seating is cramped.

Table height

The table height of standard tables is between 72 cm and 78 cm. If chairs are already available, the table height should be selected according to the existing chairs. The table should usually be between 28 and 32 cm (depending on body size) above the seat height of the chair. Conversely, you should always choose chairs that match the table height.

Round tables

With round tables this is no longer so easy to calculate. Here are some standard dimensions that you can best stick to:

  • a table diameter of 90 cm is suitable for 4 people, if necessary for 6 people
  • a table diameter of 150 cm is convenient for 6 people, if necessary for 10 people (very cramped)
  • In the case of oval tables, you combine the diameter with the straight surfaces, but in case of doubt, do less for 1 - 2 people

Desk dimensions

The size of a desk is primarily based on the work performed on it. If you only have a laptop on the table, you need relatively little space, if you often work with papers, put things down or have to use extensive work documents, you need a little more space.

In order to have a sufficient distance from a screen and some space for shelves, a minimum size of around 80 x 120 cm is recommended for the desk. The standard size for most "professional" desks is 160 x 80 cm. Workplaces that are less deep are only suitable for laptops.

The height of the desk is based solely on body size. The standard 72 cm is more or less suitable for most people, but by no means for everyone.

Dimensions for other tables

For a simple side table or coffee table, the size is simply based on the actual space required. The rules for the dining table can be applied to the garden table.

Tips & Tricks It is particularly ergonomic to alternate sitting and standing at work. This effectively prevents back problems and bad posture. Standing desks are well suited for this. They are also recommended by many occupational physicians as a change of pace. Height-adjustable desks fulfill both purposes as required.