An extending dining table is one of the best additions that you can make to your home.

One of its key strengths lies in its versatility. However, they are as good as any other dining table regardless of whether being in an extended state or not.


Like other dining tables, those of the extending variety come in all manner of different materials. Do not think that because an extending dining table includes the obvious internal mechanisms that this somehow compromises the quality of material that you can choose from.

In fact, solid oak is one of the most common materials for a table of this kind. Other common materials and finishes include pine, reclaimed oak and veneered wood.

Types Of Extending Mechanism

There are two main types of mechanism.

The first features a set of "leaves" on either end that flip up and fasten into place. When not being used, they are easily stowed away underneath and do not hinder your legroom.

The second type is very similar to that in the photograph at the top of this page. The ends of the table pull away from each other and the new central section is lifted into place.

With either solution (and some newer, novel ones), what you end up with is a very tasteful overall look. If you buy an extending dining table that has been well crafted then each piece should lie exactly level and flush with each other and any seams should be minimal and not detract from the overall look.

Size Of Table

Depending on your family needs, there are a wide range of sizes that you can choose from.

Small tables are available that normally seat two comfortably and a maximum of four. But when extended, up to six people can be seated. These types of tables are useful in small to medium sized kitchens.

At the other end of the scale, large tables are available that can easily, when extended, seat up to ten people with little difficulty.

Other Types of Extending Dining Table

Although most tables of this variety tend to be rectangular in shape, it is not uncommon to see an oval shaped version.

Much less common is a circular style table. Usually, these are fairly small in shape and serve as a respectable two-seater. Four people will struggle to use a circular table due to the lack of legroom but if you have an extending version then it will transform itself usefully into a comfortable four-seater.

Whilst most tables will have a modern or contempary look, it is possible to buy replica antique versions too.

Dining Chairs

Before buying one of these tables you should consider how often you are going to use it in an extended state. This will give you some idea of how many chairs you will need to purchase.

Some people prefer to have enough matching chairs for a "full house" while others prefer to keep a basic set and bring others from elsewhere in the house when they have extra guests around to dinner.