Guideline for Dining Table Knee Space

Anthroprometrics is the study of human dimensions, which furniture designers pay close attention to.

Knee Room

If you are sitting at a dining room table and your knees are hitting the underside of the table, it is not anthropocentrically balanced.

Keeping your guests comfortable is important. Each person needs 12 inches of knee space when sitting at a dining room table, although 14 inches is even better, notes Hgtv.com.

Needed Space

In addition, diners should have 18 inches to 24 inches of space in which to move while sitting down at the tables and pulling their chairs up to the table, explains Furniturefirst.com. They also need 24 to 30 inches of space at the table so they aren’t bumping elbows with the person next to them. Ideally, there will be 4 or 5 feet between the table and the wall.

Regulation Height

The regulation height of a dining room table is 29.5 inches, although they are made in a lower size (27.5) for shorter individuals. Dining room chairs should be 18 inches high at the seat, according to Unique-home-décor-ideas.com. Most dining room tables are 32 inches wide, so your dining room should be at least 94 inches wide.

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Cindi Pearce is a graduate of Ohio University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She completed both the undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature. Pearce has been writing professionally for over 30 years.