Different Dimensions – The Crucial Matter of Size

Size is the crucial element when it comes to choosing the right table for your setting. From side tables to dining tables, dimensions will always be a key factor. But what is the correct size and shape for a table? In this month’s design blog we’ll look at various types of table and discuss the age-old question, ‘does size matter’?



We took an in-depth look at side tables in last month’s blog and discussed how the ideal side table should sit just below the arm of your sofa or chair, or in the case of a divan style couch, the same height or slightly higher than the seat. This is the reason that the majority of side tables fall between 500mm and 600mm in height. Knowing that one size doesn’t always fit, the Leonardo team also offers a customisation service that allows you to create your perfectly proportioned piece.


Left: The Drake Side Table: 500mm (D) x 580mm (H)                        
Middle: The Batuka Side Table: 470mm (D) x 470 (D) x 600mm (H)
Right: The Nightingale Side Table Nest: 600mm (L) x 500mm (W) x 600mm (H) /
500mm (L) x 400mm (W) x 500mm (H)


We have often said that nothing is the cast in stone when it comes to interior décor and a combination of heights, or grouping side tables with a display plinth can add the wow factor to an otherwise normal setting. If your space allows, the grouping feature is a fun option. You could choose the same style, similar in feel, or even completely different in both size and materials. The choice is always yours.

The Leonardo team recently introduced a fun collection of contemporary side table designs ideal for grouping, mixing and matching. They are available in different heights and a range of colours chosen to either blend into the background or add a lively pop of colour.


Left: The Hilton Side Table: 400mm (D) x 500mm (H) / 450mm D) x 550mm (H) 
Middle: The Corin Side Table: 400mm (D) x 500mm (H) / 450mm (D) x 550mm (H)
Right: The Silhouette Side Table: 450mm (D) x 500mm (H) / 450mm (L) x 550mm (H)



Coffee Tables are often the focal point of a seating area and, as such, careful consideration should be given to the most effective option of size, material and style. No matter what your preferred décor style is, there is a general rule of thumb when it comes to choosing the correct size table for your sofa configuration. We discussed this in our very first blog ‘Cutting through the confusion’ where we explored the wide-ranging coffee table subject in depth.


Left: The Clover Coffee Table Nest: 920mm (W) x 920mm (D) x 480mm (H) /
840mm (W) x 840mm (D) x 420mm (H) 
Middle: The Soho Coffee Table: 1500mm (L) x 45mm0 (W) x 450mm (H)
Right: The Fluted Oak Coffee Table: 450mm (D) x 550mm (H) / 450mm (L) x 600mm (H)


A general rule of thumb when it comes to size is that your coffee table should be between ½ - ¾ the length of your sofa. The height of the table should ideally be equal to, or no more than 10cm lower, than your sofa’s seat cushions.

The sectional seating arrangement that includes a chaise is a popular option. In this eventuality apply the same rules. Choose a table that is ½ - ¾ the length of the main seating section excluding the chaise.

When you are working with a L-Shape or corner seating arrangement, maybe with a small couch and two armchairs you may want to consider either a round or square shape.

Of course, you don’t have to use only one coffee table. Using the same principals of proportion, you could easily use two smaller coffee tables, or even a grouping of low side tables as a fun alternative. Using an upholstered ottoman with a removable tray top/s has become a popular option for smaller rooms.

We have a wide selection of coffee tables in various styles, materials and finishes. As we handcraft each table, you have the option of choosing from our wide range of colours and hues, or customising your table to perfectly suit your design brief.


Left: The Athol Coffee Table Nest: 800mm (D) X 500mm (H) / 600mm (D) x 400mm (H)
Middle: The Cliff Wooden Coffee Table: 850mm (D) x 450mm (H) / 1000mm (D) x 450mm (H)
Right: The Montpellier Coffee Table: 700mm (D) x 490mm (H)


When considering a console table for your home you are honouring the tradition and rich history that this remarkable furniture item carries. Over hundreds of years the console table has served in both the practical and purely ornate realms. With the space constraints of the modern age, the practical and ornate have been perfectly combined in this constantly evolving, multi-tasking décor piece.

The Naomi Console: 1500mm (L) X 450mm (W) X 850mm (H)


Even before considering a style of console, it is essential the measure your available space to avoid ‘shoe horning’ your console into a cramped area. You’ll achieve maximum effect if you leave breathing room for the console’s design to tell its story.

The Worcester Console: 2000mm (L) x 450mm (W) x 850mm (H)


Leonardo – Tables by Design’s range of consoles have been styled to find a place throughout your home, from reception rooms to the bathroom, a console could be exactly the décor addition you’ve been missing.


The Houghton Console – Available in three sizes:
1500mm (L) x 500mm (D) x 850mm (H) / 2000mm (L) x 500mm (D) x 850mm (H) / 2500mm (L) x 500mm (D) x 850mm (H)


The dining table has always held a special place in the family home but with the advent of smaller living areas the luxury of a dedicated dining room has become an exception rather than the norm. With this in mind our collection of table styles offers a range of sizes to perfectly fit your available space. Whether you are lucky enough to have a separate dining room or just a dedicated dining area within your main living space, we have the ideal table. Remember that round dining tables are the perfect solution for the square dining room or dining corner.

As with console tables, nowhere will ‘shoe-horning’ be more apparent than in the dining area, so allow enough room around your dining table for easy use. Whether you choose our smallest table with a diameter of only 900mm for your small apartment, or have the luxury of 12 seat table at an impressive 3.5m length, always allow enough space to be able to sit comfortably and that your dining chairs have sufficient travel distance and space to walk around.


Top: The Houghton Dining Table
8 Seat – 2400mm (L) x 1200mm (W) x 750mm (H)
10 Seat – 3000mm (L) x 1200mm (W) x 750mm (H)
12 Seat – 3500mm (L) x 1200mm (W) x 750mm (H)
Middle Left: The Constantia Dining Table
4 Seat - 1200mm (D) x 750mm (H)
6 Seat - 1400mm (D) x 750mm (H)
8 Seat - 1400mm (D) x 750mm (H)
Middle Right: The Tokai Dining Table
4 Seat - 1200mm (D) x 750mm (H)
6 Seat - 1400mm (D) x 750mm (H)
8 Seat - 1400mm (D) x 750mm (H)
Bottom: The Charli Dining Table – 2400mm (L) x 1200mm (W) x 750mm (H)

Before anything else, bedside tables and bedroom furnishings should always be practical. When it comes to dimensions, the majority of bedside tables tend to fall within the approximate dimensions of 600mm (W) x 450mm (D) and 600mm (H). Of course, any style and size of side table could be used as at the bedside, but the criterium of a good bedside unit includes provide sufficient storage with useful features like drawers for personal effects and shelves for books etc, while the table top should big enough for the normal bedside collection of water, lamp, phone charger etc. Sufficient bedside storage helps create a sense of order and calm that is important for a good night’s sleep.

Our bedroom collection includes fine examples of exemplary craftsmanship using top-quality, imported fittings and fixtures.


Left: The Belvedere Bedside Table – 600mm (L) x 450mm (W) x 600mm (H)
Middle: The Sandhurst Bedside Table – 600mm (L) x 500mm (W) x 620mm (H)
Right: The Rexford Bedside Table - 600mm (L) x 450mm (W) x 600mm (H)


We hope that you’ve found this month’s blog interesting and we invite you to view the extensive range of table options on our website. Remember that we can custom tailor the majority of our designs to your requirements, or bring you design ideas to life with our bespoke service. In this age of planned obsolescence we like to think that our tables, like our designs, will outlast fads and fashions and live on to be classics.

Speak to the Leonardo team about how we can bring our three decades of experience to your table.


Yours in Design – Frank


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