Measuring Guidelines

Measuring Guidelines for Tables and other Furniture

Barn Door Measuring Guidelines


When ordering a table, size is important!  We recommended that you allow a minimum of 24″ per diner for casual dining, and 30″ for formal dining.   This is for a square or rectangular table.

EXAMPLE: To seat six comfortably (two diners on either size and one at each end), these dimensions would work:  2 (diners on long end) x 24″ (surface space/person) + 24″ (12″ on each end) equals 72″ or 6 ft. long

If you’re not sure what your space will allow, do as interior designers do and break out the painters blue tape and create a layout on your floor.  It’s a good idea to use this same method to place other furniture you may want in the room that you don’t have yet.   You should also allow a minimum of 36″ between the edge of the table and wall or other furniture to allow your diners to push their chairs back from the table and leave the dining area.  For wheelchairs, the allowance is 54″.

The standard size of our tables vary from 36″ to 45″ wide.  We don’t recommend tables over 45″ wide but as custom builders, we can customize all widths and lengths.  Also for reference, our trestle tables have a 12″ overhang on either end while tables with aprons have a 2″ overhang all around.  Standard height is 30″.  Pub height (40″ to 42″) and island or counter heights (35″ to 36″) are available with many of our designs.

Round tables and oval tables are a bit different and therefore we’ve created the following guidelines to help your decide the right size for your space.

Round Tables

36″ – 4 diners
42″ to 48″ – 5 diners
54″ to 58″ – 5 to 7 diners
60″ – 9 diners
72″ – 10 diners

Oval Tables

We suggest a minimum table width of 40″ for oval tables and the seating guidelines are the same for rectangular tables.  Often you can allow for one extra seat on each for diners for oval tables with a wider width.

Other Furniture

The painter’s blue tape method mentioned above or a good old fashioned measuring tape should help your determine what size you need for your space.  Most of our existing designs can be modified to suit your needs.   If measuring for coffee tables and sofa tables, consider the height of the back of your sofa and height of the seating.

Media centers feature a standard 3″ space for components.  This too can be adjusted.

Barn Doors

Barn doors should overlap  either the molding/frame around the opening or the door opening if there is no molding/frame present by at least an 1″ preferably 2″. So for instance if your opening has no trim or frame and measures 36″ across, then you should order a door that is 3″ wide. They are hung to clear the floor by 1/4″ to fit the mounted door guide.

For door openings with casing/molding:  Measure from outside to outside of casing/molding across for the width and from the top of the casing/molding to the floor for height.

For door openings without casing/molding:  Measure the inside of the opening across for width and from the top of the opening to the floor for height.

You will need a minimum of 6″ between the ceiling or crown molding and the top of the door molding or opening for the hardware to mount, depending on the style hardware that you choose. You must also make sure that you have enough room on either side of the door for your barn doors to open properly. This space is equivalent to the width of the door(s) that your ordering.  Also make sure that you account for molding such as chair rail, thermostats, outlets, light switches and any other object or objects that might impede the proper installation and the function of your sliding door.