Round and rectangular tables both have something going for them. Read on, then take a seat.

By Becky Mickel
June 13, 2014

Best for Conversation

"You can easily talk to the three people opposite you," says contributing editor David Stark, of David Stark Design and Production, in New York City. At a round, you'd practically have to yell to be heard across the table.

Best for a Formal Dinner

Says Stark: "A room full of round tables can feel like a benefit gala," not a black-tie wedding.

Best for Saving Money (and Space)

Each round table takes a single centerpiece, while rectangular ones might mean clustering several together to fill the space. Also, circular tablecloths tend to cost less to rent.

Best for Swapping Seats

"At a long table, you have to consider who's next to and across from you," says Stark. "At a round, the only people who will be affected are on your left and right."


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