No real matter what shape you decide on for a table, you should allow at least three feet between the table edge and an obstruction such as a server or wall. This provides sufficient space for folks to move throughout the table, and in and out using their seats. Alternatively, more than six feet remaining between one wall or obstruction and the table means that the set is too small.
Settle on a form that will continue to work generally in most rooms. Round tables look good in compact rooms and living areas that have square dining zones. In addition they offer flexible seating. In the event that you buy a six-seater, eight can usually be accommodated at a pinch - the bigger the diameter, the more people can be seated. On the other hand, rectangular tables have limited seating spots because of the position of the table legs and because only 1 person can be seated at each end.
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