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Rectangular Turned Leg Dining Table in Cherry

Round, Rectangle, Oval or Square? We have some tips on choosing the table that’s right for you.

A dining table may just be the most important piece of furniture in your home. It sees family meals, celebrations, game nights and homework sessions. It’s where you laugh, bond and share memories. It will probably be the one piece of furniture that doesn’t change when it’s time to renovate.

Knowing that it’s a lasting investment and place that will function in multiple ways, it’s important to understand the different shapes of tabletops you can get, what each shape accomplishes and which one is right for you.

Rectangular- Easily the most popular and frequently chosen design, a rectangular table often symmetrically compliments the shape of a room. It gives a sense of structure and tradition. Long rectangular tables can help break up a large space while still remaining functional. And, knowing that rectangular tables are quite common, (not that it’s a bad thing!) the chairs and decor you choose to place around it are even more important.

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Our Woodland Custom Dining Table in Cherry

Round- Often seen in dinette sets, round dining tables are a nice alternative to a rectangular table. Round tables send a message of openness and inclusion. They can easily accommodate extra guests and as long as the chair size is taken into consideration, they are just as spacious as a rectangular table.

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Our Vermont Modern Pedestal Table in Cherry

Oval- A combination of both round and rectangular tables, an oval table can be both casual and sophisticated. Having rounded corners an oval table gives a sense of inclusion, similar to a round table, but its sleek, straight side edges lend itself to fine dining.

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Our Cherry Blossom Double Pedestal Table in Cherry

Square- A less common shape for a dining table, it can be either a small two person table or large enough to fit a holiday feast. A small square dining table is perfect for limited space or as a breakfast nook. A large square table, while less common, can be used to take up a large space. A square table can make reaching for food complicated at times and with everyone so spread out, can make it hard to hear everyone. But, we like square tables for their symmetry and modern twist on dining spaces.

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Our Hampton Square Pedestal Table in Cherry

Some other important factors to think about are:

-How often will you be using your dining table? Every meal? Only special occasions?

  • If it’s going to see a lot of wear and tear, it’s good to look for high quality and durable tables, whereas if it’s going to used seldomly, like formal events, a more ornate design may be appropriate.

-How many people will be sitting at it regularly? What about for special occasions?

  • This is where the size of your room, the table and the design of your dining chairs come into play. If you’re regularly hosting large gatherings a rectangle or oval shaped table may be more appropriate. If you’re room’s dimensions are more square in shape, a round table may fit in nicely.

-What about extension tops and drop-leaf tops?

  • Short on space? This type of top may be the best fit for you. It will allow you to save space on a regular basis, but will also allow you to host larger parties when you want.

No matter the theme of your dining space, we recommend considering functionality first. Look into what shapes and sizes will fit best in your dining space. Then move to size once you’ve determined how often and how many people will typically be hosted. After landing on the right table, we recommend moving to chairs. You don’t want choose a chair that ends up being too bulky around your table!

If you have any questions or other ideas we’d love to hear them! Add your comment below!

Interested in talking with someone? Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is always here to answer any questions you may have at (888) 390-5571. If  you’re in the Vernon, VT area or passing through, we’d love to see you at our Stonehurst Showroom, open seven days week!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Reclaimed Barnwood Farm Table with Tapered Legs and Country Windsor Chairs

Thanksgiving may have passed, but who says it’s too late to save on a new Dining Room Furniture Set!

So the in-laws have gone and you’re running low on leftover turkey and pie, what do you do now? While you heat up some of that turkey soup and bring it to your dining room or kitchen table, take a look around you. Has your table seen one too many of Uncle Joe’s not so PC jokes or survived Aunt Carol’s inevitable wine spillage? Maybe it’s time to shop for yourself and buy new dining room furniture.

If you are looking for real hardwood furniture and at a savings we have great news for you. Starting today and running for two weeks is our “between the holidays” dining room furniture sale. (12/3 – 12/17)  During our sale you can save 10% off one piece of furniture, 15% off two pieces and 20% on three or more pieces of our Vermont made wood furniture.

Handmade by Vermont Craftsmen, our hardwood furniture is customizable and made just for you. Choose from Dining Tables, Chairs, Buffets, Hutches, China Cabinets & Sideboards. Buy that long time missing piece or a whole new dining suite.

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Bistro Table and Dining Chairs, Andrews Buffet & Hutch and Classic Shaker Hunt Board

We can also match your style. At Vermont Woods Studios our Dining Room furniture comes in many styles including:  Shaker, Contemporary, Modern, Craftsman and more! You can choose from Cherry, Maple, Oak and Walnut woods with various stain options. All of our furniture comes with a lifetime guarantee! You can shop with ease knowing that our furniture is built to last!

As always, our friendly sales team is here to help with any questions you may have. You can call us toll free at (888) 390-5571 or stop into our historic Stonehurst Showroom in Vernon, VT.

*Sale excludes Copeland, POLYWOOD, Artisan, Barnwood, Custom, Clearance, In-stock and home decor items

*$1,000 minimum order to qualify for sale prices

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Solid Wood Extension Tables with self-storing leaves make holiday entertaining easy, convenient and comfortable.

Make Room For Company!

Grab an extra leaf or two for the extension table and add another cup of water to the soup.  The holidays are here!  I remember when we were kids it seemed like every night at least one of us would be having a friend over for dinner.  In our big family, my mother barely noticed it.  But today, families are smaller, dining rooms are smaller (or non-existent) and dining room tables are smaller.

That’s no reason to hesitate before extending an open invitation for your friends and relatives to gather around the table at your house.  Enter the extra leaf!  Back in the day, we had to store extra leaves for our old oak dining table down in the basement.  But today’s extension tables have self storing leaves that are neatly and conveniently tucked away under the table top.  It’s so easy to insert them, and then tuck them away after company has gone home.

Extension Tables by Size, Shape and Style

Check out these American made, solid wood extension tables that are handcrafted in Vermont.  Last week Loryn posted some tips about how to select the right shape for your table and we’ve tried to make it easy to find special categories for Round & Oval Extension Tables as well as Square & Rectangular Extending Tables.  If you’re shopping by style it might be faster to browse through categories like our Shaker Dining Tables, Pedestal Dining Tables or Trestle Dining Tables.  Copeland Furniture fans will want to head straight to the Copeland Audrey, Sarah, Catalina and Dana Thomas dining tables.

So how many extra people can you fit with each leaf in your extending table?  Well, just 2 per leaf but you can customize most of our tables with your choice of 1, 2 or 3 leaves (with some designs a fifth leg is added to support 3 extending leaves– it’s also hidden underneath the table top when not in use).

Have questions?  Give us a call or connect with us on Facebook.  Then start planning your next dinner party!

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Everyone loves the idea of having a solid wood custom Shaker dining table handcrafted just for them.  What's not to love?  Pick your favorite wood, order the table to fit perfectly into your dining room…a handcrafted dining table, made especially for you by skilled craftsmen in Vermont who use eco-friendly, sustainably harvested natural hardwoods.  Add in free shipping and a lifetime guarantee and who could argue?

Well, the biggest reservation our customers have is the fact that it takes time to make quality fine furniture– often as much as 8-12 weeks plus shipping time.  So we've partnered with our craftsmen to select a number of our most popular dining tables and we've improved our crafting logistics so we can have them built for you in just 2-3 weeks.  Check out our Quick Craft furniture selection and let us know what you think. 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.