Thursday, January 13, 2011


Our flats are small in Hong Kong and so are our elevators so housing a dining room table that will fit 8 can be challenging. Realistically - we usually entertain 6 at a dinner party to keep conversation simple.  But there are time you would like to expand.  

Matching Sets are no longer the trend.  Mix and match is HOT HOT HOT! 
Combine contemporary with traditional or French country and make it TRANSITIONAL and ECLECTIC. 
Make a simple table and add table coverings in linen from Shenzhen

Raw wood look with Contemporary Ghost Chairs

The general rule is that people need about 24 inches of width for dining table seating.  It also depends on the size of your chairs. 

When making a dining set for Hong Kong - keep the table a simple design and add upholstered chairs to dress it up.  You are right in fashion. 

We're making this one right now in the factory!
• If rectangular and the table length is 5 feet, sits 4-6 comfortably; if it’s 5 feet round, up to 8 people comfortably;
• If rectangular and the table length is 6 feet, sits 6-8 comfortably; if it’s 6 feet round, up to 10 people comfortably (if you use banquet chairs, you can squeeze 12 people);
• If rectangular and the table length is 7 feet, sits 8 very comfortably
• If rectangular and the table length is 8 feet, sits 8 very comfortably
Square tables are perfect for 8 people

Current home we just finished. 

Other little known dining table factoids that you might find useful:

• The maximum height that you’d want for a dining table is 31″ (30″ high for a dining table is about average)
• A critical measurement, especially with antique dining tables that have very big aprons is that you need at least 25 3/4″ for roomy leg clearance and to cross your legs, you need 30″ for a person 5’9″ tall–generally, you don’t have antique tables with clearance to cross legs and that’s fine
• A light fixture over a dining table should hang between 28-32″ from the top of the table and the bottom of the fixture

Use a bench instead of chairs.  House the table next to the wall and pull it out when you need more room. 
Dining Room Chairs
 The seat height averages 18" to 20", 
seat width averages about 15-1/2" in back and 18" in front, and average seat depth is 16" to 18". 
If armrests are used, they should be 7" to 9" above the seat but able to fit under the table apron.
 The average width between armrests at the front of the chair is approximately 19".

Mix and match Contemporary with Traditional with the use of a Tulip Table
Round is always nice for conversations between everyone and not just at each end of the table. 

French Country Look