Types of Extending Dining Tables:First things first, let’s take a look at the type of table extensions that are available. They may differ slightly depending on the shape of the table, but here are some extensions you’re very likely to come across:
Externally Stored Single Extension LeavesA table with externally stored extension leaves is one of the simplest extension mechanisms. All you need to do is pull the table apart, put the extension piece in place and then fasten the clips on the underside of the table to hold it in place. One of the benefits of a single extension dining table is that they are usually very affordable. The table top can also remain more streamlined. Don’t forget though, with a separate extension piece you will need to find a place to store the leaf when not in use.
Externally Stored Double Extension LeavesTwo extension leaves give not one, not two, but three table length options. This is with one extension in place, both extensions or without either in use. A table with two extensions offers maximum seating flexibility and versatility. This is a great table option if you regularly have a different number of people to seat.
Butterfly Table Extension
Lift Up Extending MechanismTo use a lift-up extending mechanism, all you have to do is undo the table clasps and pull the table out. The extension leaves sit on smooth, slightly sprung, hinges which lever up and out to sit in place. The table can then be pushed back together and the clasps tightened to keep everything in place. With a lift mechanism, you don’t need to worry about storing the extension pieces elsewhere. What’s more, the design also means that the shape of the table can remain streamlined and sleek, like our range of Eve frosted glass dining tables.
Internally Stored Separate Extension PieceAn internally stored but separate extension piece means the extension panel is separate from the table but the leaf is stored in the table top. With extending tables like the Sanza, each side of the table smoothly glides apart with minimal effort to reveal the extension leaf. The leaf then just needs to be taken out and placed in position.
Top Tip: We suggest wrapping the table extension in a soft cloth or blanket and storing it under your sofa when not in use. This will keep it out of the way but well protected.To see the extension pieces in action and really get a feel for how easy they are to use, why not take a look at each of the product pages. Our handy product videos will give you an idea of how the extension works and will have all the information you'll need about each design of table.
Extending Dining Sets - Top MeasurementsMeasuring for your extending dining set will take a bit more time and consideration, but it is still very straightforward. Essentially, it’s a combination of the key dining chair and dining table measurements, with the added factor that the table can extend so will need more space. We’ve broken each aspect into a handy checklist to make sure you’ve got everything covered.
- Height, from the very top of the chair right down to the floor
- Seat width, from left to right
- The seat height, from base of the chair the bottom of the seat
- Seat depth, from the front to as far back as you can sit.
- Back height of the seat
- The footprint of the chair, how much floor space, the seat occupies.
Top Tip: don’t forget to measure the height of the arms if you have dining armchairs.
- The height of the table
- Table length
- Table width
- Inner leg length, as this will be different to table length
- The apron, which will help you decide what chairs will fit
Top Tip: check whether the extensions are stored within the table or need to be stored separately.Once you’ve got your individual measurements, it’s time to bring everything together….
And don’t forget to consider your existing space…
- Consider how the table will look and fit in your space, both extended and unextended.
- Measure out your place settings. We recommend leaving 60cm to 80cm per place setting, dependant on whether you want a cosier feel or a more spacious setting.
- Leave enough room around your furniture, both for chairs to be pulled in and out and of people to walk past.
Top Tip: Think about all the uses you have for your extending dining table before making a purchase. A dining table doesn’t just need to be big enough for the number of guests come meal times. Does it double up as a home office/desk? Do the kids need the extra space for homework/hobbies? Consider the type of table that would benefit your daily needs.