Dining Room: Extension Tables
Extentable Dining Tables
Expanding tables are the perfect way to maximize your dining space's efficiency. Sometimes you don't have the room to keep an eight person dining table in your home at all times, but you love hosting dinner parties. Extendable tables offer the perfect solution for folks with smaller living areas that love large gatherings but don't want to commit huge amounts of space to a grandiose stationary table.
Extension tables come in many shapes, colors, and designs, and Smart Furniture has a huge selection so that you can get a table that fits your tastes and size needs. Not every extendable table opens and closes the same way, so here's a run-down of the different types of mechanisms you have to choose from:
Drop Leaf tables are extremely popular for apartment dwellers. These types of tables get their name from one or more pieces of the top surface that hang down the side of the table when not in use. The Capra Drop Leaf Table is a great example; it has two sides of the table that dangle when the table isn't in use then easily hinge up when needed. These tables are great for studio apartments, smaller dining rooms, or even kitchens. You can use them as console tables when you don't need the dining space, then when you're ready to eat, just pop up the leaves!
By far the most common and popular type of extendable tables are the standard, rectangular variety. These tables have a split top that slides apart with a removable leaf that fills in the gap that opens up. The Vintage Extension Dining Table provides a great, Mid-century Modern example of this type. If you're a fan of more traditional design, the Loren Rectangular Dining Table is a wonderful option. Keep in mind that some tables come with storage underneath for the extra leaf, but some don't. You may have to find a place to stash it.
So you're not a square? You need something a little more fluid? No worries! Extendable tables also come in round shapes! The most technologically impressive version of a Round Expanding Table is the Skovby SM 32 table. It's pricy, but if you check out the video of how it opens, you'll see why. The extra leaves stash in the base and the table has a patented “twist-to-open” functionality. The Monterey Sands San Marcos Dining Table has a more typical type of opening action. Like the rectangular tables, the top is split in half, and those two halves slide apart to make room for a removable leaf.
This table is so neat that it needs its own category to describe it. It's a mix of drop leaf table functionality with added storage inside. The table can seat up to six people when opened all the way, or it can shrink to just 31.3” x 16” when both leaves are down. The base comes with a pull out drawer for glassware, so it serves as both a table and storage unit. It can stay compact when you need it out of the way but expand enough to have grandma over for Thanksgiving.
If space is at a premium for you, but you still want to have large family dinners, you should definitely consider an extendable dining table. You can keep the table compact for everyday situations then open it up when the parties come around. Keep the table together when it's just you and your cats having dinner and quickly open it up when the parents are in town. Everybody wins.