No real matter what shape you decide on for a table, you should allow at least three feet between your table edge and an obstruction such as a server or wall. This provides sufficient space for people to move throughout the table, and in and out off their seats. On the other hand, more than six feet remaining between one wall or obstruction and the table means that the set is too small.
A table is a deceptively large piece of furniture, and you need to account for space around it.If you're tight on space, consider options such as leaves that allow 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 too many mechanisms or leaves which were attached or hidden within the table (versus stand-alone leaves). In the event that you buy things that are too complicated, it's just more chance of 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 (pitched against a flip-up or butterfly style). If you plan to use your table very differently on weeknights versus weekends, expansion tables can be a great option.
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