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Space Planning

We build dining furniture for particular places, and people, to fit a space and use.  We can build our catalogued table designs, or your custom design, to your dimensions.  We can size and configure a buffet, hutch, or sideboard for where it will go and for what it will hold.  Sometimes it is not clear or apparent what will fit and where.  We can help with that planning.

These are some guidelines we use and recommend:

  • For rectangular tables allow 24" of table edge for each person and allow some additional table edge and surface at the corners depending on the width of the table and the ratio of width to length.  For occasional large gatherings of family and friends, 21" is adequate.
  • For round tables 28" of table edge per person is ample, 25" is adequate.
  • Always consider knees and feet in configuring a base.
  • Our armchairs will require 27" of table edge, 2830" of edge for round tables with all arm chairs.

  • Our chair backs will be about 16" from the table edge when a person is seated and dining.
  • A trestle end or other vertical obstruction should be 16" from the end to clear the knees of the diner and allow the chair to tuck under when not in use.
  • When a person is seated and dining, their toes will be about 18" from a line dropped plumb from the edge of the table.

  • To provide traffic pathways behind chairs, we recommend providing 36" to 54" from table to wall or piece of furniture, depending on the amount and kind of anticipated traffic and on the visual impact of the setting in the room.
  • In spaces where there is no need for a pathway, allow 24" from table to wall to permit a person to pull a chair out and sit.

  • For most kitchen or dining bars, we recommend a height of 42."
  • A bar top at 42" should overhang its base by 12" or more.
  • A bar top at 36" should overhang its base by 14" or more.
  • A bar stool top should be 12" below the bar height.
  • Our bar stools backs will be about 14" from the bar edge when a person is seated and dining.

  • Some situations invite compromises and will work on their own terms, if carefully considered.

If you send a drawing of your room with openings, traffic flow, existing furniture and fixtures, and your design criteria, we can make a recommendation and return a drawing or drawings showing that configuration.  There is no charge for this service . . . if you are considering our chairs or table.

Examples below:

A.  Criteria:  Find the largest table that will fit this dining room.  Size and configure buffet(s) for storage and service.

Space Planning  Criteria A

Space Planning  Buffets

B.  Criteria:  Find a table configuration that can seat six in this small but very interesting space.

Space Planning  Criteria B

Space Planning  Criteria B


Space Planning  table designed to fit

C.  Criteria:  Design a base for an existing glass top using existing native, very rough pieces of native wood:  essentially walls of stumps with rotted centers.

Space Planning  Criteria C


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