Your dining table is one of the most used pieces of furniture in your house. But not only is it a highly functional piece, it can also make or break the look of your room. Knowing how to choose the best style and shape for your dining table can be crucial when setting up a new space or upgrading from an old table. Although square or rectangular dining tables are more generally used, we at Gainsville believe a round wood dining table can be just as special at helping you make memories with your loved ones.
Create space in your room
While a rectangular table will always look better in a rectangular space, round wood dining tables work wonders in smaller, more square spaces! They create the illusion of space, as they don’t have any corners and allow you to move around more easily. They also provide more space to spread out books for homework, games during family night, or large meals for the family get-together on Christmas.
Fit more people
Speaking of Christmas, have you ever had to fit a large family around a small rectangular table with shoulders bumping together and not enough space to fit everyone comfortably? A round table not only allows you to fit more people than place setting easily, it also positions people at a slight angle from each other so there’s no bumping of shoulders. This can make a table seem less crowded.
Make people feel included
An automatic downside of a rectangular table is when you end up feeling left out of conversations happening at the other end of the table. Round tables enhance conversations by positioning people in a way that everyone is clearly able to communicate with each other. And you don’t even have to ask someone to pass you the mashed potatoes from the other end of the table one too many times; you can just reach out and grab it yourself!
Protect the little ones
The sharp corners of rectangular tables can often be a safety hazard if you have little toddlers just learning to walk. Those little steps are not yet stable enough to stop them in time if they’re headed towards the edge of a table. This can result in nasty cuts and injuries. Round tables, on the other hand, do not have any edges, sharp or otherwise, and can reduce the risk of injury.
Even if you don’t have a toddler at home, a round dining table might be a better choice if you’re short on space. How many times have you been in a rush to get ready to go to work and bumped your side into the corner of your dining table while trying to maneuver your way around it?
Depending upon the layout of your room and your lifestyle, both rectangular and round wood dining tables could work for you. But the next time you head into the store, remember that a rectangular or square table isn’t the only choice you have!
Not sure what would work best for the layout of your dining room or space? Bring your floor plan in with you when you visit a Gainsville store and get the help of an expert interior designer to find the perfect fit for your room!