The Dish on Dining Table Extensions

Beth Rice 13/07/2017

Dining table extensions make it easy to expand your dining room table for holiday feasts, lively game nights, or big projects. Extensions save space by tucking or folding neatly into a table, or being stored when they aren’t needed. With four main types to choose from, it’s easy to select a custom-made dining table with just the right extensions to fit your needs.

Dining Table Extensions: The Four Main Types

  • Traditional
  • Butterfly Leaf
  • Drop Leaf
  • Stow Leaf

The Take on Traditional Table Extensions

  • The ends of the table slide apart to create a gap in the center.
  • Table extensions (called leaves) are placed in the center gap.
  • Some dining tables provide the option for traditional extensions to be stored in the table beneath the table top.
  • Traditional extensions may require two people to insert.

Traditional Extension Gif

 

The Amish Christy Extension Dining Table includes one 18” leaf that stores separately from the table.

Amish Christy Extension Dining Table

The Amish Royal Mission Dining Table includes traditional table extensions that self store in the table.

Amish Royal Mission Dining Furniture Set

Variation: A variation on traditional table extensions allow you to add leaves near the end of the table instead of the middle for ease of access and to keep the center of the table in one piece.

The Ruff Sawn Rustic Carlisle Dining Table offers a variation on traditional table extensions, allowing you to add breadboard extensions at the ends of the table.

Ruff Sawn Rustic Carlisle Dining Table

Tip:  If traditional table extension leaves do not self-store in the table, keep them as close to the table as possible to prevent humidity from causing them to swell at different rates, which can affect the fit.

Boost Your Table with Butterfly Leaf Extensions

  • Ends of the table slide apart to create a gap in the center like traditional table extensions.
  • Butterfly leaf folds in half to store in a more compact space.
  • Butterfly leaves are often attached to the table and store beneath the table top.
  • This extension requires more moving parts, which can possibly decrease in function over time due to rust or swelling of the wood.

Butterfly Leaf Extension Gif

The Amish Craftsman Butterfly Dining Room Table is the table for celebrations, with two 18” butterfly extensions that store beneath the table top.

Amish Craftsman Butterfly Dining Room Table

Divine Drop Leaf Extensions

  • Outer ends of dining table are collapsible to save space.
  • Popular for ease of use.
  • Extensions are attached to the table.
  • Extensions can affect leg room in collapsed position.
  • Not as sturdy as other options.

The Amish Renwick Gateleg Dining Table is truly space savvy with drop leaf extensions incorporated in its contemporary design.

Amish Renwick Gateleg Dining Table

Space Saving Stow Leaf Extensions

  • Extensions conveniently stow beneath the ends of the table.
  • Easy to raise extensions into place.
  • Allows extensions to expand and contract with the rest of the table.
  • Offers durability and strength even at the ends of the table.
  • Distinctive look, creating a double layer of table top where the extensions stow.

Stowleaf Extension Gif

The Amish Farmhouse Stowleaf Draw Extension Dining Table is a perfect farmhouse table for a kitchen or dining room in a house or apartment.

Amish Farmhouse Stowleaf Draw Extension Dining Table

Getting in Gear

There are three types of slides that help to open and close tables with extensions.

Dining Table Slides: The Three Main Types

  • Wood Slides
  • Metal Slides
  • Ball Bearing Slides

Wood Slides

  • Will never rust.
  • Can create dust.
  • May require more effort to slide.

Wood Slides Gif

Metal Slides

  • Use of gears allows for one person to open the table from one end.
  • Metal gears allow for smoother motion.

Metal Slides Gif

Ball Bearing Slides

  • Premiere choice for ultra-smooth motion.
  • Made of high grade steel that operates on ball bearings for smooth, quiet operation.

Ball Bearing Slides Gif

Our new video “The Essential Guide to Table Extensions” showcases and explains how the four main types of table extensions work to help you find the right fit for your home.

With Amish-made furniture comes plenty of options. Now that you’ve got the dish on dining table extensions, you can find the dining room table that’s just right for you.

Beth Riceby Beth Rice (111 Posts)

Beth Rice started a dream job when she began as a content writer for DutchCrafters in 2015. She has an A.A. Degree from Manatee Community College, and studied Journalism at the University of South Florida for one year. Her published work includes a short story in Chicken Soup for the Soul's "My Amazing Mom" edition and one children's book, "I"m Adopted, I'm Special." Conveying the qualities, functions and benefits of DutchCrafters furniture keeps her creative as she contributes to content throughout the website. An avid reader and devoted runner, Beth hopes to publish a novel in the future. DutchCrafters Timber to Table blog was started in 2012 to provide our customers and other readers with woodworkers stories, Amish culture information, and furniture selection or interior design tips.


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