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The Best Dining Table For Open Plan Kitchens


An open-plan kitchen is a popular choice in many homes, proving a natural hub for family and friends and allowing real sociability throughout the cooking and dining process.

When designing your open-plan kitchen, it helps to create several zones to incorporate dining, living and entertaining. And when it comes to dining, the most important piece of furniture is your dining table – with everything else designed to fit seamlessly around it.



A place for your family to sit together and discuss the day, for friends to crack open a bottle of wine and catch up on life’s latest dramas, or for the kids to sit and do their homework while you’re making the tea, the dining table plays an important role in your day to day life and choosing the right one for your space will see you enjoy it for many years to come.

Given the different designs, styles and materials available we’ve put together a guide looking at the best dining table for an open plan kitchen.


Dining Table Placement

The first thing to look at is where the dining table will sit within your kitchen. Ideally, you wouldn’t want to great a distance from the cooking area to your table, so having the table nearby, without losing the feeling of space, is something to consider.

Dining Table Shape and Size

The size and shape of your dining room table are of real importance. Given the shape of your open-plan kitchen, look at the space you have available and factor in the number of people you’d like to be able to sit at your table in the years to come.

If you only have a small space, and the table is purely for the family, a small dining table is an obvious choice. Great for utilising a small corner, without eating into your space too much, a round dining table and chairs can be practical, functional and still work well aesthetically.

If you have more room to play with, other shapes can come into play – the more traditional rectangular shape works particularly well as a table and bench set, while an oval dining table also provides more room. It’s also worth looking at an extendable dining table – perfect for when guests come over, but it doesn’t take up too much space.

Equally, if you have very little space to play with, there are numerous stylish folding dining tables, which take up minimal room but still allow you to open it up whenever it’s needed.

Common Types of Dining Table Sets

Once you’ve decided on the shape and size of your table, the next decision is what type of table you’d like.

There are a myriad of styles available, from modern dining tables and farmhouse tables to industrial tables and rustic dining tables – it depends on the kind of look you’re trying to create in the space.


It’s also worth factoring in the amount of natural light and the wall colour – a beautiful wooden table will, of course, be darker and have more of a commanding presence than a glass dining table, while a marble dining table will take centre stage in a contemporary kitchen.

It is also worth considering your kitchen cabinet colours and what colour/material will complement them.



Ultimately, the dining table tends to be a place you’ll spend a lot of time at and choosing the right one can be a tricky decision. It can often help to draw out a to-scale floor plan to see what shape and size table works best in your space and then decide what style complements the design of your room.

Happy shopping!