You imagine spending this Thanksgiving with your extended family around the table with turkey, mashed potatoes and all that goes with the wonderful celebration. You invite the family, coordinate who is bringing what dish and even plan who is sitting where. Then it dawns on you, we can’t all fit at this table. So then you remember to go get the leaf out of storage to extend the table.
This is all an ideal situation if you actually have a table that can extend to fit the whole family. If you are in the market to buy a new table for your dining room or kitchen there are some things you need to keep in mind about the type of table you want to get. You may notice a little wobble with tables that have a pedestal; that is normal as long as there isn’t a whole lot of play when you feel it move.
A pedestal table will feel like it has “give” at the edges, but you will be able to seat more people around it. One benefit of a pedestal table is that you can get chairs all the way around, even on the corners. Of course you do lose a little leg room with a pedestal, but it also provides a foot rest for the kids. A leg table on the other hand will give you more stability on the corners, and will have little or no play when you try to make it wobble. A leg table will limit the room of your guests as the legs act as boundaries, but you have more room for your feet without a pedestal base being in your way.
If you’re only having company once every few years, this may not be an issue. If you have company over often or plan to or have a large family, you should consider what works best for your home and your needs.
Don’t be afraid to custom order your perfect kitchen set with the right shape, size and finish.