I just bought my first place and one of the things that I liked about it was that it had a separate space for dining; not an eat in kitchen. Well, now I'm facing a space issue. The space only measures 7'5.5" wide. This is a problem once people are seated at the table. If you have to get up and need to pass behind the person next to you, you can't unless they get up. Ugh! So have been shopping and the narrowest table I have found so far is 38" wide. Any ideas where I could get something that is a little more narrow and still have room for people to sit across from eachother without their plate touching? Or does anyone have an alternate idea...any idea is welcome. Oh btw, spoke to a "designer" and they did not recommend a round table. HELP!!!
Have you looked at Crate and Barrel? They even have one called a gateleg that can fold down to 10 inches wide. It's versatile and can be used as a dining table or a narrow hall table.
The ideal situation is to have 36 inches between the edge of the table and the wall or furniture. You can bring that down to 30 inches but it gets a little tight to walk around the table with food to serve seated guests. Find some graph paper with 1/4 inch squares. Designate each 1/4 inch sqaure as a square foot.Sketch out the room. Most rooms have windows and doors which usually give you limited placement for large furniture. So try drawing in any buffet/server you may have first, and then make sure to give yourself a minimum of 30 inches (and 36" if you can spare it)for the edge of the table.
Furniture comes in standard sizes depending on where it is made. For American made furniture wooden tables for dining are commonly 42 inches wide. 38 is considered narrow and 48 is considered wide. Kitchen tables are usually 36-42. So more casual furniture that might be used in a kitchen is sometimes the way to go for a narrow table. Glass tops fit into this catagory as the furniture industry puts glass tops in the "casual dining" catagory even if it is sleek and fancy. Hope this helps.
Have you considered a banquette, or a long upholstered bench placed against the wall, in place of chairs on one side of the table. This is a tried and true solution for tight dining spaces.
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