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Dining table size guide

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Dining table size guide

Are you wondering how many people an 8 foot rectangular table seats? Or maybe you are wondering how you can accommodate extra seating around a dining table for special occasions? Our handy dining table size guide will help...

Our range of farmhouse tables and trestle tables are available in all standard sizes from 5ft to 12ft (with 3ft and 4ft options also available for some products). If you require a bespoke size that isn’t listed on our site, please get in touch as we can tailor a table to bespoke dimensions.

The standard width of our dining tables is 3ft but the option of extra width is available for all our rectangular tables allowing the potential to fit two seats at the end of each table for added seating flexibility.

The table below shows the number of people that can be accommodated on the dining table size for Country Life Furniture farmhouse tables.

Dining table size Number of people
3ft x 3ft 4
4ft x 3ft 6
5ft x 3ft 6
6ft x 3ft 8
7ft x 3ft 8
8ft x 3ft 10
9ft x 3ft 12
10ft x 3ft 12

Dining table seating options

Our traditional farmhouse tables and trestle tables are designed to work with different seating arrangements; whether that’s a table and chairs, a table and benches, or a table with a combination of chairs and benches.

Dining table and chairs

Dining chairs come in a variety of styles from traditional farmhouse like the Spindle back chair, to contemporary wooden chairs such as The ‘Seville’. Farmhouse dining chairs can be painted in a variety of different colours to match the table, or in a variety of different colours to give a popular shabby chic feel to the set. Dining chair cushions are also available to fit most wooden dining chair models.

The following diagrams show the seating potential for traditional and trestle tables with chairs based on the dining table size.

3 foot table with 4 chairs  4 foot table with 6 chairs
3 foot table with 4 chairs 4 foot table with 6 chairs
5 foot table with 6 chairs 6 foot table with 8 chairs
5 foot table with 6 chairs 6 foot table with 8 chairs
 8 foot table with 10 chairs
8 foot table with 10 chairs
10 foot table with 12 chairs
10 foot table with 12 chairs

Dining table and benches

Benches such as the reclaimed wood rustic bench can be painted or waxed in the finish of your choice to perfectly match the table. Removable bench cushions are also available as an optional extra, in a variety of different colour fabrics.

Benches for traditional style dining tables (such as The ‘Florence’ and The ‘Sunflower’) are 1ft shorter in length than the table so that the benches can be stored neatly under the table when not in use.

The diagrams below demonstrate a few different size traditional farmhouse tables with two benches to match.

5 foot table with 4 foot benches 6 foot table with 5 foot benches
5 foot table with 4 foot benches  6 foot table with 5 foot benches
8 foot table with 7 foot benches
8 foot table with 7 foot benches
10 foot table with 9 foot benches
10 foot table with 9 foot benches

Benches for trestle style tables (such as The ‘Industrial’ and The Cross Frame Trestle) are the same length as the table as the full length of bench can be stored underneath the table neatly due to the different positioning of the legs.

The diagrams below demonstrate a few different size trestle tables with two benches to match.

5 foot table with 5 foot benches  6 foot table with 6 foot benches
5 foot table with 5 foot benches 6 foot table with 6 foot benches
8 foot table with 8 foot benches
8 foot table with 8 foot benches
10 foot table with 10 foot benches
10 foot table with 10 foot benches

Dining table, chairs and benches

A combination of chairs and a bench is a popular option for farmhouse tables, giving the setup a rustic theme. Benches as dining table seating are a popular option for families as a bench can accommodate more small children in less room than if they each had a chair.

The diagrams below demonstrate a few different size tables with a combination of chairs and a bench to match.

6 foot traditional table with 5 chairs and a 5 foot bench  6 foot trestle table with 5 chairs and a 6 foot bench
6 foot traditional table with 5 chairs and a 5 foot bench 6 foot trestle table with 5 chairs and a 6 foot bench
8 foot traditional table with 6 chairs and a 7 foot bench 
8 foot traditional table with 6 chairs and a 7 foot bench
8 foot trestle table with 6 chairs and a 8 foot bench
8 foot trestle table with 6 chairs and a 8 foot bench
10 foot traditional table with 7 chairs and a 9 foot bench
10 foot traditional table with 7 chairs and a 9 foot bench
10 foot trestle table with 7 chairs and a 10 foot bench
10 foot trestle table with 7 chairs and a 10 foot bench

Dining table extensions

Example of a dining table extension

Removable dining table extensions are available on all Country Life Furniture traditional style tables to enable additional seating potential when necessary. Dimensions are 25" long by the width of the table, except on 3ft tables where the length is 17" long for balance purposes.

Extensions are not available on trestle style tables due to the nature of the fixing.

On a standard width (3ft) table a single extension can accommodate an additional 2/3 seats as shown in the diagram below; with an extension on both sides the additional seating potential increases to an extra 4/6 seats.

6 foot standard width table with extensions

Extra wide farmhouse tables (3.5ft) can accommodate two seats at each end of the table, which means that a single extension can boost seating potential by up to an additional 4 seats, whereas an extension at each end can boost seating potential by up to an additional 8 seats.

6 foot extra width table with extensions

If you are unsure about the dining table arrangement you would like for your space, a good place to start is our handy guide How to choose a dining table guide. If you would like to get more of a feel for our beautiful handcrafted furniture, you can visit our showroom to see some of our range of dining tables and chairs. Whether you are looking for a completely new style to suit your home, or just want to come in to get some ideas, we are here to help you out.