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An Introduction to Extension Dining Tables

Looking to make the most out of your dining furniture? An extension dining table can double as a place for children to study, for family to play board games, or for friends to sit and share a glass of wine.

Extension tables use mechanisms and brilliant design to give users the option to adjust the table’s length—adding and removing seating and surface space when necessary. This multi-functional furniture can go from seating two to four, six, or eight in a matter of minutes—which works perfectly when last minute guests show up at your front door!

The adaptability and ease of extension tables makes them a great resource for anyone who lives in a small space and enjoys entertaining often. Learn about the three types of extension tables and decide which best suits your lifestyle and space.


This classic table design for compact spaces allows for the insertion of an extension leaf—or leaves—to provide additional seating. Two people can effortlessly slide the halves of the table apart to make room at the center of the table for the extension leaf. These designs can come with or without leaf storage.

Butterfly Leaf

The beautiful and easy-to-use butterfly extension is named for its hidden, foldable leaf. The ingenious self-storing mechanism makes this table easy to open and close at a moment’s notice. With its clever built-in design, you’ll never have to worry about misplacing an extension leaf ever again!

Drop Leaf

These versatile, space-saving tables have attached leaves that can be folded down or fully extended—allowing for use of the table in the center of a room or against a wall. Drop leaf tables can be easily converted by one person and have varied options for creating the perfect sized surface for any activity.

Watch: Setting an Extension Table

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