The best dining table for you will be the one that works for your budget, offers solid construction, fits your space, and has a method you'll love for years. Although you're not thinking forever at this point, you can expect to have a table for at least five to 10 years. Five years is not really a very long time, said Pourny. If it's your first table, you may use it someplace else after a few years, so you want it to be simple and durable and a method you'll like for a while. So a small, well-made table might find a place at home for years to come.
A table is a deceptively large furniture piece, and you will need to take into account space around it.If you're tight on space, consider options such as leaves that permit the table to expand. These let you customize the table for different entertainment needs and party sizes, said Mahoney. The thing Pourny warned against was way too many mechanisms or leaves that were attached or hidden within the table (versus stand-alone leaves). If you buy things that are too complicated, it's just more chance for something to fail, he told us. The sturdiest expansion tables will be those where in fact the leaves are solid, separate units that you put on the bottom once you've opened the table (versus a flip-up or butterfly style). In the event that you plan to use your table very differently on weeknights versus weekends, expansion tables can be a great option.
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