This Is How Many Drinking Glasses You Need, According To An Expert

When setting up your household for the first time, there arises the pressing question of how much of everything you will need. How many place settings? How much flatware? The correct number of glasses in particular can be hard to determine because there are so many different types, used for so many different varieties of drinks. This question can also pop up when moving to a bigger house or when downsizing your home later in life.

Thankfully the experts shared their guidelines with Martha Stewart to solve this particular puzzle. Stocking your cabinets doesn't have to be difficult at all. Whether you have a large family or a small one, host big gatherings or none at all, you can determine exactly how many types of glasses to buy, both for every day and for special occasions. The basic rule of thumb is to start with a foundational number of versatile glassware that's suitable for many situations and build up from there. 

Purchase glassware in sets of even numbers

For an average family, you should aim for sets of eight. Most people don't actually entertain larger groups than this, and experts recommend eight as a solid number of glasses for most households. Entertaining expert Sarah Bogart Cooney told Martha Stewart, "I have a rule that no more than eight people makes for a perfect dinner party," and she recommends the number for both wine glasses and water or cocktail glasses for regular entertainers. For larger families, or for those who frequently entertain big groups, sets of twelve are recommended, says expert Rebecca Shenkman.

However, doubling the duty your glasses serve allows you to keep fewer on hand but to use them more often. Of course, you know your home and your habits better than anyone. Buy glasses in types and numbers that best suit your needs rather than trying to adhere to any specific standard. Also, keep in mind that specialty glassware doesn't need to be purchased as starter items. And, experts recommend building up your collection over time, buying sets of two or four as you come across a particular favorite pattern or design. Then, you can embrace a mix-and-match approach to styling your dining table. This way, you'll create a one-of-a-kind collection that you'll not only use, you'll also love.