When we are asked to make a dining table we take care to fulfil the client’s requirements. James Ryan, the Barnsley Workshop designer, will make a measured plan of the client’s room. He notes the position of doorways, openings, windows and furniture, and tries to ensure diners will not be forced to tuck in their elbows or to squeeze in to let someone pass. These considerations help determine the ideal shape of a table for a particular room. This process helps the client decide whether they would prefer a fixed or extending dining table.