Many people choose a pedestal dining room table because of their versatility and style. The main pedestal base is often beautifully carved and may be supported with carved legs and feet. The feet may end in paws or ball and claw, simply capped with metal, or left plain. The options are endless when choosing a pedestal dining room table.
What are the Advantages of a Pedestal Dining Room Table?
A pedestal dining room table has the advantage of more leg room when dining. The pedestal is generally in the center of the table, unless two pedestals are used for support as in longer tables. The pedestal will often have legs and feet which hold the table sturdily, but do not take much room themselves. More chairs may be placed around these tables as no obstructions are protruding as with tables built with four outer legs. A round pedestal dining room table allows guests considerably more elbow room than with a square or oblong table.
Choosing a Style of Pedestal Dining Room Table
Glass topped pedestal dining room tables often feature beautifully created pedestals. These tables are available in many shapes and styles, from modern, contemporary, casual or elegant. These may be fluted columns, carefully handcrafted or carved wood as well as metal designs. The transparency of the glass will almost guarantee that what lies underneath will be a focal point in the room.
Wood topped pedestal dining room tables are very popular. These tables have been used in formal dining rooms for centuries. They are often built of hardwoods, such as maple, walnut and oak. They are also available in more casual styles featuring softwoods such as pine. Mahogany is another commonly used wood for dining room furniture.
Wrought iron and brass are two metals commonly used to create a pedestal dining room table. For fine furniture these are more often used to accent and for legs than in the entire piece. Beautifully sculpted pieces are available as are more rustic pieces. The wrought iron may be used to hold tiles of glass or marble or a combination of tiles and wood. They may be very ornate or more of a simple in design.
Shopping for a Pedestal Dining Room Table
When shopping for a pedestal dining room table size is very important as is the shape of the room in which it will be places. While generally a dining room table is centrally located in a dining room it has also become more common to have open great rooms where a table may be placed off to the side or even in a corner. Round tables lend themselves well to corner spaces. The tops generally slide open and leaves may be added to create a larger oblong table. The center pedestal will remain in place on a round pedestal dining room table.
A wooden rectangular pedestal dining room table usually will have two supporting pedestals. When the table is extended and leaves put into place, it may well be over twelve feet long. A table this size requires two pedestals to ensure sturdiness. These large tables work well when entertaining large groups of family or friends. Occasionally drop-leaf tables are found that will extend to this size. The pedestals are placed so the sides may be dropped to take up less space on a daily basis. Square pedestal dining room tables are less common, although they often have the capacity to be expanded also.
Shopping for a pedestal dining room table can be done locally at furniture stores and antique shops. Want ads and yard sales are another place to look for used furniture. Choosing tables online will allow for a broad spectrum of choices. Defining a style that suits the room decor is easiest when choosing from a wide variety. Prices will vary depending on style, size and what the table is built from. Custom furniture is available and is not always more expensive than a quality piece from a wholesale manufacturer.
Having the furniture delivered right to the front door is a desirable choice when choosing large pieces and particularly pedestal dining room tables with glass tops. These will be insured in the event they are broken on the way and will also save hefting the furniture up and down stairs through doorways etc.
Additional pieces are usually available to match a pedestal dining room table, such as buffets and china cabinets. It is no longer standard for tables to always include chairs. They may be mixed and matched or ordered as a set when purchasing a pedestal dining room table.