Guide to Choosing the Right Plate Sizes

There are many things to consider when buying new tableware. As well as deciding what patterns and colours to buy, it’s a good idea to consider what sizes and shapes of plates you want to have in your table setting.

What size plates should I buy?

To make your table setting really shine, mixing and matching plate sizes can help add interest and depth to your tabletop. Begin with a few of the basics:

  • Dinner plates
  • Side plates
  • Saucers
  • Bread and butter plates
  • Serving platters
  • Serving trays

What size is a dinner plate?

Blue and white table setting with different sizes of plates
The dinner plate is the star of the show. Whether you’re laying a white base, such as Gio or Intaglio, or your tastes are more colourful, the dinner plate will be the focal point of your table setting. Our dinner plates are 26 – 28cm in size.

What size is a side plate?

Colourful teacups and side plates in an afternoon tea setting
Side plates are fantastic for injecting different colours and textures into your table setting and provide a versatile dish for serving side dishes and freshly-baked bread. Our side plates are 15 – 23cm in size.

What size is a saucer?

Red and white teacups and saucers on a red table cloth
Saucers can be used for more than just an accompaniment to a teacup. These miniature plates are perfect for adding another pop of colour to your table and can be used as a miniature side plate, or for serving small cakes and sweet treats after the main meal. Our saucers are 12 – 16cm in size.

What size is a bread and butter plate?

A white table setting featuring a bread and butter plate in the middle
A bread and butter plate can be used instead of, or alongside, a side plate to add even more options to your table décor. Serve freshly-baked bread or other side dishes on these versatile plates. Our bread and butter plates are 20 – 29cm in size.

What size is a serving platter?

A grey breakfast table setting featuring a big grey serving platter with sandwiches on
The perfect centrepiece for showcasing your delicious foods, the serving platter is a showstopping piece to have on your table. Our serving platters are 23 – 35cm in size.

What size is a serving tray?

A white dinner setting
Whether you’re serving finger sandwiches and sweet treats, or you want to add interesting shapes to your table setting, serving trays are a versatile option. Our serving trays are 14 – 36cm in size.
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