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How To Design Your Dining Room Around an Extendable Dining Table

April 05, 2018

How To Design Your Dining Room Around an Extendable Dining Table - English Georgian America

So you're in the market for a  new dining table. It's a big decision, and you may be overwhelmed by all the possibilities. Among other things, one of the factors you'll need to take into consideration is whether you want an extendable dining table.

Extendable dining tables can be a great way to make the most of your space. They allow you the best of both worlds by giving you the intimacy of a smaller table when you want it and the entertaining space of a bigger table when you need it. So how do you make an extendable dining table work in your space?

In a Small Dining Room

If you have a small dining room, an extendable dining table can be a great way to take advantage of the space. It will allow you to host large parties of guests without having to squeeze a large dining table into your space all the time.

If you get a rectangular or oval table, you may want to keep the leaves out of the table unless you are hosting a party. You might also consider a round dining table to help maximize space. A circle allows guests the most space per person without anyone having to navigate around sharp corners.

In a Large Dining Room

If you have a long, rectangular dining room, you may want to consider a table that matches. When it's just you and your family at dinner, the smaller table can keep the setting intimate and casual. However, when you're entertaining guests, having an extendable dining table can make your dining room feel every bit as opulent and dramatic as it should be.

Another good option for a large dining room, especially one that isn't rectangular, is an oval dining table. This shape can be less severe and formal than a rectangular table and can be every bit as beautiful. If you have a more modern style in your house, this may be a better choice for you.

In a Square Dining Room

If you have a square dining room, almost any shape dining table can work for you. Of course, you may want to consider a square dining table for a good way to complement the room shape. Or if you'd like to include other pieces of furniture (a sideboard, for example) or make the room look longer, you may want to pick a rectangular table.

A circular dining table can look great in a square dining room and will leave plenty of space for your guests to move around the room. Likewise, an oval table can walk the line between elegant and comfortable. The biggest thing is to make sure you get the right size table for your space.

In a Non-Dining Room

If you don't have a designated dining room, you may be thinking an extendable dining table isn't an option for you. However, one of the beauties of extendable dining tables is that they can fold away when the room needs to be used for something else.

Some dining tables fold up against walls so they don't take up extra floor space outside of meal times. Others fold down into attractive side tables. You may consider a drop-leaf dining table that can serve as a lovely sideboard when you aren't eating off of it.

Measure for Space

No matter what size space you have or what type of extendable dining table you're getting, you'll want to make sure you leave enough space around the table for your guests to maneuver. Even the most beautiful dining table won't be very enjoyable to use if your guests have to slide sideways along a wall to get to their seats.

Before you buy a dining table, be sure to measure your dining space. When you're looking at dining tables, take measurements of the width and length of each of them. Thenadd 44" of space to each of those dimensions; if the size you get is smaller than your dining space, you'll want to pick a different table.

Consider the Fixtures

Once you've picked a dining table that's the right size and shape for your space, you'll need to consider where to place it in the room. It's easy to automatically center the table in the space, but that may not be the best choice.

You want to keep your flooring in mind; is there a special design in your flooring - for instance, a parquet pattern on a wood floor? If so, you don't want that to be covered up by your dining table. Likewise, you'll want to considerwhere the light fixtures are in the room and perhaps center the table under those instead.

Draw it Out

If all this seems like a lot to keep track of at once, you may want to sketch things out ahead of time. Use graph paper and make a scale model of your dining room. One square equals one foot, and so on.

Cut out another scale model of your dining table, chairs, and any other furniture you have in the room. Rearrange the movable pieces until you find a solution that fits best in your space. This way, you avoid hauling around the full-size models until you're happy with the results.

Bring Home Your Extendable Dining Table

No matter what your dining space looks like - whether it's a full-out formal dining room complete with a chandelier or a small breakfast nook that also doubles as a home office - an extendable dining table can be the perfect way to maximize your space. Entertain large parties of guests, or have a small family dinner, all without locking yourself into one rigid dining table size.

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