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Have you ever had dinner at a friend's or family, and it was a hassle pulling out the chairs to sit or even walking around the table to your assigned chair?

This can occur because there wasn't adequate table-and-chair spacing. When the dining chairs are crowded around the dining table, there is a limitation on movement and comfort.

This piece gives you an insight into how much space you need for your dining set arrangement. 

Spacing Between Dining Chairs

Spacing between chairs should be paramount when arranging your dining space or getting a new dining set. There is nothing good about a choked dining space that limits movement. So, for your guest's comfort, there should be a right and adequate spacing in your dining room. 

How to Determine Dining Set Spacing 

To determine the space necessary to pull out your dining chair, you need to consider these factors, and they are;

Distance Between The Dining Table And The Wall Or Other Furniture In The House

For easy pulling out of chairs and mobility around the dining table, there should be about 30 inches between the dining chairs and the walls or any other surrounding furniture. Always ensure enough room to untuck your dining chair, move around the dining table, and rise comfortably. 

For a narrow space, you can manage a space of 29-30 inches between the dining chair and table, but selecting a narrow table that allows for easy mobility is more advisable. If you have a dining set with six chairs, all six should be easily accessible, and people should be able to walk around it. Ideally, the space between a dining table and a wall or surrounding furniture should be about 30 inches for easy movement and lesser disturbance to other people at the dining table.

Distance Between the Chairs

The spacing between each dining chair should be about 4 to 8 inches and about 24 inches between each person sitting at the dining chair.

The Type Of Table (Round, Square, Oval)

There are dining tables of different shapes, and even ones of the same width and length may occupy different amounts of chairs because of the shape of the dining table. For example, a round-shaped dining table occupies fewer chairs than an oval-shaped table of the same size, and a square-shaped table occupies more chairs than the two.

Seating Capacity 

The spacing between seats indirectly decides the seating capacity. That is the number of chairs that can comfortably be placed on the table without causing discomfort with easy access. 

With the spacing, you can safely calculate the number of chairs your dining table can occupy. Using a few categories;

The Personal Space Diameter

The personal space involves the distance between the table and a person sitting in the corresponding dining chair. The personal space diameter should be nothing else than 18 inches for an adult. When the chair is untucked and the space between the chair and the table is less than 18 inches, it will not be convenient for anyone sitting on it.

The Side-To-Side Space

The side-to-side space is just as important as the front-to-back space. Make sure there are at least 24 inches from one dining chair to the next dining chair; this is to avoid clashing of elbows or extreme closeness with the next occupant. 

The Front-To-Back Space

Then finally, calculate the front-to-back space for each dining chair placed on the dining table. The front-to-back space extends from the back of an untucked chair to the nearest furniture or wall, and it should be at least 30 inches to allow for easy mobility of people.

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Room To Tuck In Chairs

Aside from the space around the circumference of the dining table, it is equally important to take note of the room below the table to tuck in chairs. Due to the shape or design of the dining table, it may not be possible to accommodate tucking in two or more chairs comfortably. 

If the space in your dining room requires the chairs to be tucked in for aesthetic and functional purposes, it is advisable to go with something other than the circular tables. 

  1. A 36-48 inches round table can accommodate a seat of four people 
  2. A 60-inch round table can accommodate a seat of six people.
  3. A 72-inch round table can accommodate a seat of 6-8 people.

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For a square-shaped table 

  1. A 48" length X 38" width (4ft) can accommodate a seat of four people 
  2. A "60" length X 38" width (5ft) can accommodate a seat of six people 
  3. A "72" length X "40" width (6ft) can accommodate a seat of six people (freely) and a seat of eight people (tightly at the sides; three at each side) 
  4. An "84" length X "40" width (7ft) can accommodate a seat of eight people (freely) and a seat of ten people (tightly at the ends; two at each end)
  5. A "96" length X "40" width (8ft) can accommodate a seat of eight people (freely) and a seat of ten people ( tightly at the sides; four at each side) 
  6. A "108" length X "40" width (9ft) can accommodate a seat of eight people (freely) and a seat of ten people (freely)


The main objective of a dining set is to provide an avenue for sitting and eating considerably, but this objective can only be met when there is adequate spacing between the chairs. Getting a well-thought set of dining chairs is advisable for a better cohesive look and comfortable spacing.

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