Gather 'Round: Here's Why You Should Always Have a Round Dining Table

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Sometimes we all need a helpful idea or two when it comes to our interior décor especially when the decision involves a major investment we expect to live with for a long time. Such is the case for many of us when choosing a dining table, so I’ll give you the same advice I give to my friends and family: go for a round dining table. While I rarely have what I consider “hard and fast rules” for interior design—after all, it’s about what works best for each of us—the round dining table rule is one I do have. Here’s why.

Round is More Communal

There’s a beautiful experience that happens when you share a terrific meal: conversations flow, laughter erupts, and friendships are formed. This experience is enabled with a table that is literally without sides. A round table provides a communal arena that encourages sharing with one another.

Round is More Accommodating

Got an extra person (or two)? No problem! Plus, no one will have to straddle the awkward table leg stuck in the corner. There always seems to be plenty of room at a round table.< ?p>

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Round is More Intimate

At a round table someone is usually sitting next to you, but without the awkwardness of that person actually being right next to you. It’s easier and more natural to see and interact with everyone at a round table.

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Round is More Versatile

We all use our dining room tables for more than dining, don’t we? From folding laundry to playing poker, doing the things we do around a round table is simply more convenient and enjoyable—all the while leaving more room in the space itself.

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So get yourself a round dining room table; you’ll never go rectilinear again. How do you use your round dining table?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.