Best Seating Arrangement for Hosting Dinner Guests?

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Q: I bought a 500 square foot apartment last year. I carefully chose the white
table and airy chairs to take up very little visual space in my smallliving room/kitchen/dining room. I'd like to keep a very minimalist,light look (although I love my purple rug for winter). However, in the last year, I have hosted friends for dinner far more often than I anticipated. If I have any more than 1 guest, we have to sit on the couch, slouching over the coffee table. I'd like a better seating arrangement for hosting dinner guests …

Sent by Katherine… I'm thinking of a square/rectangle, extendable dining table to replace the white counter-height table. However, I'm worried that the room will look too crowded and dark with a table that's lower, wider, and longer than the current one. I'm looking for suggestions of specific light-looking tables that will seat at least 4, or other ideas about how to host more people in a room without making guests hold plates in their laps!

Editor: I'm a fan of round dining tables. They offer a different shape than most of your squared-off furniture and even if it is designed for four, you can almost always squeeze an extra guest or two in at the table. Round tables also work with 2 or 3 diners without being awkward — they're almost always comforting and intimate.

I'm a big fan of the Sprout series from Blu Dot and for less expensive round options, check out 4 Round Dining Tables — All Under $200.

For extension or dropleaf tables, make certain the legs are not going to be in the way when your guests crowd around the table. I once owned a Danish-style dropleaf table that should have sat 8 but could only seat 6 comfortably because of the awkward placement of the legs and extension supports.

Anyone else?

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