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The Nest Q&A

We're in the market for a dining room set that can accommodate a crowd for the holidays. Should we go round or stick with a square shape?

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Seems like you're on the right track. Both shapes are great options but will deliver totally different looks. The more modern dwellers tend to favor the rectangle, while traditionalists usually stick to the softer, curved style. Circular tables are the best bet for group conversations, but they usually require more space. A standard, 54-inch, round table seats up to six people, but to get eight in, you'll need to go up to 72 inches. Make sure the table fits comfortably in the space—you need about four feet all around it so you can easily pull out the chairs. And don't rule out the leaf inserts! They're a good solution if you're short on space but need to lengthen the table for those special occasions.