How much room is required around a dining room table and chairs?

for instance when guests are seated at the dining room table how much space should be allowed to move comfortably and safely around the table?
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    I’m hoping that this helps.
    Patrick (Official Rep) May 27, 2011 23:13
    Hi Peter -

    There is a lot written about this topic, but I recently purchased a new dining room table and these are the general guidelines that I found in my research:

    Generally, spacing requirements depend greatly on the context and usage planned for the space. For example, if you'd like a walkway / pathway available behind people seated at the table, there should be 36 to 54 inches between the table edge and the object or wall behind it (in general). If no path is needed and a person only needs to pull out a chair far enough to sit down, 24 inches is a good rule of thumb.

    Another thing to consider is how large the chairs are and whether or not they have arm rests that can fit under the table. Either of these may affect the general rules above.
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  • Excellent, thank you very much

    BTW, Does your company have a similar software platform for designing/drawing furniture. I am a frame maker and gilder specializing in hand carved and water gilded frames for paintings, mirrors, etc. Occasionally I am asked to design and create furniture pieces. I am old school in that I still use a mayline and drafting board. My needs do not necessarily justify a full CAD program or the learning curve that is required for it but I certainly appreciate the virtues of this technology. I would utilize such a program like "furniturestyler" for the drafting required to plan out and layout a dining room table for instance.
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