What is the Best Board Game Table Size for My Home?
Looking for advice on choosing the right board game table size? You’re in luck - this is something we see discussed so much that we’ve taken the time to put together a complete guide on the subject.
So much focus is placed on the specific features of the gaming table, the board game table shape, or the specific design. But we’d argue that the size of your table is actually the most critical element of all. It directly affects the experience you and your guests have when using the table. And, beyond the gameplay experience, the size of your table has an effect on the aesthetic of your home.
The good news? We’re here to simplify things so you can feel confident sizing your game table - no matter what space you’re fitting it in or how many people you want to accommodate.
By the time you finish reading this article, you’ll have a clear understanding of the ideal board game table size for your home. And, you’ll know where to start your search for the perfect game table for your space. First, we want to quickly touch on the importance of proper sizing.
Getting the Right Board Game Table Size Can’t Be Overlooked!
Don’t take this factor of choosing your board game table lightly - it’s more important than you may realize. If the table is too small, players might feel cramped and uncomfortable, while a table that's too large might take up too much space in the room, leaving little room for other activities or furniture.
Additionally, the size of the table can also affect the overall gaming experience. A table that's too small might not accommodate all the pieces and components of a game, making it difficult for players to play comfortably. On the other hand, a table that's too large might make it difficult for players to reach across to make their moves or place pieces on the opposite side of the board.
When you consider the cost of a high-quality custom board game table, it goes without saying that you want it to be perfect - and sizing plays a huge role in that. So, how do you find the balance and figure out the ideal board game table size? You’ll find out in just a moment. First, let’s talk about how big these tables usually are.
What is the Average Board Game Table Size?
Board game tables generally fall somewhere between 28”-30” tall. Where they vary is length/width - or diameter in the case of round board game tables. For the sake of this conversation, we’re only going to focus on rectangular tables - as that’s the shape we recommend most homeowners go with. It fits better and creates a better gameplay experience.
And on average, these tables can be as small as 78”x52” to as large as 96” x 64”. That’s quite the range - so, where does your ideal table fall between the two figures? Below, we’ll highlight the factors you need to consider when making the decision.
How to Find the Best Board Game Table Size For Your Home
While choosing the right size for your table can be stressful, it’s not something you need to worry about any longer. We’re here to help. Below, we’ll go over the steps you need to consider when it comes to choosing the best board game table size for your home. First - where are you planning to put the table?
Where Will it Live?
The room in which you plan to put your game table is perhaps the biggest determinant of your ideal size. After all, you have limited space to work with - and you can’t make your room any bigger! There are a few common places for board game tables:
- The dining room: These days, you can get multifunctional furniture for small spaces to maximize the potential of any given room. And one of the best examples of this is a game table that doubles as a dining table. These types of tables convert effortlessly from dining to gaming, perfect for those who like to host. You can easily create a small dining room living room combo this way.
- A dedicated game room: If you’re lucky enough to have a basement, den, or spare bedroom that isn’t being used and can justify making a game room, then the answer is obvious - your table will live there. You’ll just have to consider your furniture for the game room to make sure you’re not squeezing out other key elements of the space.
Either way, you can take measurements in the room and find out how much total square footage you have to work with. From there, it’s up to you to determine how much of that space you want your table to take up.
Interior designers recommend sizing your table to take up around 60% of the floor space. This keeps things proportionate. But if you have other stuff you want to put in the space - like a bar cart, a love seat, or some other furniture/appliance, you need to factor that in as well.
While the size of your room is an important consideration, it’s not the only thing to keep in mind. You should also consider how many people are going to use it regularly.
How Many People Will Use it Regularly?
Many homeowners make the mistake of buying a board game table assuming only the family will use it - or a select group of friends. Then when a few extra guests come over, there isn’t enough space to accommodate them. Don’t let this happen to you. Think carefully about your group of friends and how many people could potentially be over for a game night at one time.
Here are some estimates of how many people can use a board game table at different sizes:
- A 78” x 52” board game table can fit up to six people comfortably
- A 90” x 52” board game table can fit up to eight people comfortably
- A 96” x 64” board game table can fit up to ten people comfortably
One key takeaway should be this - it’s not just about fitting all your guests, it’s about making sure everyone is comfortable too. Everyone at the table should have adequate elbow room. Another thing people don’t consider is the leg gap - which is how much room is between each leg of the table. This influences how many people can fit between each leg.
Now, let’s move on to the final consideration in sizing your table: budget.
What’s Your Budget?
As you can imagine, larger board game tables are more expensive. This is influenced by extra materials that go into building the table and extra shipping costs. While a smaller luxury gaming/dining table can cost less than $3,500, larger tables can cost over $5,000.
In a perfect world, your ideal board game table size might be 96” x 64” - but if you can’t afford it, you may have to settle for something smaller. At the end of the day, you’re still getting a stunning board game table that will help you create memories with loved ones for years to come - and that’s all that matters!
So, What’s the Ideal Board Game Table Size for Your Space?
Hopefully, the advice we offered above helps you narrow down the selection. There are other factors to consider too. If you already have a set of chairs you intend on using with the table, you’ll want to make sure your table is sized accordingly. It’s not always easy to buy more chairs of the exact same style after the fact.
But really, it’s just a matter of considering the space you intend to put it in, the group of friends you want to invite over regularly, and your budget for the purchase. So with all that said, what’s the best board game table size for your unique space? Ultimately, this is something you’ll have to answer yourself after considering the factors we’ve discussed.
In general, though, bigger is better than smaller. It allows you to entertain more guests comfortably while creating a better playing experience on a larger surface. But there is a fine line between “big enough” and “too big”. Remember - if players have to ask for help moving a piece around the board or need to shout across the table to one another, the gaming experience is being sacrificed.
If you’re looking for a recommendation based on your specific space, group of friends, and budget, you can always get in touch with us or ask members of our community for their advice. We’re happy to help you bring your dream table to life. And on that note…
Ready to Bring Your Dream Table to Life?
Regardless of what the best size for your board game table is, you can count on Bandpass Design to help bring it to life. We make it easy to build the custom board game table you’ve always wanted - to your specifications. You can choose from three different sizes based on your unique needs.
This is the best board game table the industry has ever seen. It features individual player stations and a felt playing surface that can be raised and lowered as you see fit. And what’s more, you can customize other elements of the table - choose your wood, pick a design, and add any other features you want.
But the best part of the Dresden gaming and dining table is the ability to use this table for anything. With this innovative furniture design, you can go from dining to gaming effortlessly. This allows you to play game night host or host a poker night in a whole new way - wowing guests every time.
Go play around with our customizer today and see for yourself what’s possible. You won’t regret it.
Wrapping Up Our Guide to Sizing Your Board Game Table
We hope you feel more confident in sizing your board game table after reading this article. As you can see, it’s something you shouldn’t take lightly. And now that you know how to pick a gaming/dining table size, what are you waiting for? Head over to begin customizing your table today and experience gaming in a whole new way.