Kitchen Table Buying Guide
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Kitchen Table Buying Tips:
• In small kitchens with lots of traffic, consider buying a round table to save space and eliminate the danger of sharp corners
• If you’re short on kitchen counter space and storage, consider buying a kitchen table with a cutting board surface and drawers or shelving underneath
• Before buying, consider how many people you want to seat
• The standard counter height is 36 inches (91 cm); the standard bar height is 40-42 inches (102-107 cm)
Kitchen Table Features
A kitchen table should be made from materials that are both durable and easy to clean. Glass, stainless steel or lightly polished wood tabletops are ideal for households with young children, where spills and rough use are inevitable. A butcher block tabletop creates an attractive rustic atmosphere and provides an extra workspace when needed. If you intend to use your kitchen table as a dining and entertaining table, consider a polished wood tabletop for a more formal look.
Leg placement and design is an important consideration when choosing a kitchen table. If the legs are too close together or too bulky, seated guests may feel cramped or be awkwardly placed around the table. A pedestal base helps eliminate this problem, since the support is in the middle of the table. If you frequently move your kitchen table, consider buying one with rolling casters on the legs for greater convenience.
Drawers & Shelves +
A kitchen table with drawers and shelves gives you extra storage space for stowing kitchen tools, cutlery, small household items and even craft or hobby supplies. Drawers and shelves are more likely to be found on kitchen island tables and kitchen bars. It’s a good idea to look for tables with drawers or shelves installed just beneath the tabletop, leaving plenty of legroom below.
Drop Leaf +
A drop leaf is a hinged panel on one or both sides of the kitchen table. This design feature is ideal for a kitchen that’s tight on space. For everyday use, you simply fold the leaf down to shorten the table. This creates a less cluttered feel and frees up room for easier traffic flow. For holiday dinners or when you're entertaining, just fold up the leaf and, presto, you temporarily have extra elbow room and additional seating space for your guests.
The height of your kitchen table will have an impact on both the atmosphere of your kitchen and the actual eating experience. The standard height for a kitchen table is 30 inches (76 cm) from the ground. Kitchen tables above or below this height tend to be more casual. For example, kitchen island tables and kitchen bars are both taller designs, and they're typically more suited to munching down snacks and quick meals. Shorter tables are a good option if you have several young children. Keep in mind that taller tables will require bar stools or pub chairs and lower tables may require kids’ chairs.
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Kitchen Table Maintenance Tips:
• For a low-maintenance table, look for something with a waterproof or stain-resistant finish like laminate or glass
• Clean up spills as soon as they happen
• Use tablecloths, coasters and placemats to help prevent damage from everyday use
• To get rid of water stains, rub a bit of petroleum jelly into the stain with a clean, lint-free cloth
• Keep wood tables out of direct sunlight to avoid discolouring the wood