How big should an outdoor dining table be? This size will make entertaining al fresco more comfortable

The right size outdoor dining table is key to making sure your guests aren't sitting on top of each other. Here's the size experts suggest, and the best to buy

An outdoor dining table
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The ideal size of an outdoor dining table needs to make sense for your lifestyle and space. That being said, your garden or patio should also be able to accommodate all its basic functions along with the dining table. All elements should be well-spaced out, making the area as welcoming as possible. 

So how big should an outdoor dining table be? Largely, the table should be about 72 inches in length for a dining area for eight people, while for 10 people, it should be more towards 92 or 100 inches in length. 

These sizes apart, you should have enough circulation space around the table for people to move around. If you're looking for the perfect piece for your garden or backyard, we have just the right options for you.

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What to keep in mind before buying an outdoor dining table

'If you like to entertain often and have a lot of BBQing outside with friends and family, then a large outdoor dining table that seats 12 is best if you have the room,' says Linda Hayslett, founder of LH.Designs. 'But if you're in a smaller space, like in the city, then a patio may be smaller, and having a round table that seats four to eight may work better for your outdoor space.' 

'But before bringing a dining table outdoors, consider the amount of space you have, as no matter what size table you have or outdoor space, you have to have at least six feet of space if you want chairs on all sides of the table,' says Linda.  'Many people don't realize that you need three feet on each side of the table.'

'An outdoor table is the same sizing as an indoor table: dining tables range from about 40"to 44" wide to 84" long (and seats six to eight well),' says Jane Lockhart, founder of Jane Lockhart Design. 'If you have a small space though, you may opt for a small round bistro table that is about 30" in diameter and seats two people.'


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Aditi Sharma Maheshwari is the Design Editor at Livingetc. She is an architecture and design journalist with over 10 years of experience. She's worked at some of the leading media houses in India such as Elle Decor, Houzz and Architectural Digest (Condé Nast). Till recently, she was a freelance writer for publications such as Architectural Digest US, House Beautiful, Stir World, Beautiful Homes India among others. In her spare time, she volunteers at animal shelters and other rescue organizations.