Choosing The Perfect Round Table



We have recently purchased a table for our dining area. It is a very small space that is a little in the passage way, so we opted for a round table to allow more fluidity. We were hunting on the internet for months before we found the perfect round table for us and we had a nice bargain from a kind man who sold us for a reasonable price.

Reflecting on the subject, it was a lot more complicated than I thought and it took us quite a while to find out which model we really need for everyday life. I’ve summed up a few points below that, hopefully, can help you save some time if you are in search too for a round table.

4 Steps to Choosing The Perfect Round Table


1) Extensible Or Fixed

It might be surprising to know, but there really aren’t a lot of extensible round tables on the market. By considering this point from the beginning will narrow you down to much fewer options.


2) Central Leg or Four-Legged

Besides individual’s aesthetic preferences that makes legs important, the practical point of view is equally significant. Central legs are great because your seats will not be fixed and you can move sittings around the table. With Four-legs, your table is surely more stable and you have more chances of finding an extensible one.


3) Colour and Material

It is important that the colour and material go with the rest of your decorative choices, above all, it also has got to match with your daily usage intensity.

Wood is the most common material, it gives you the possibility to re-sand and it can age beautifully with time.

Glass makes the table visually less bulky, but it is also more fragile, you’ll have to replace it when a corner is chipped .

Fibreboard will give you the best price range economically, but it is prone to scratches and you can’t repair the damage.

Metal is rarer for indoor dining tables, but is surely an essentiel classic for outdoor tables.

*If you are thinking of getting a black coloured table, make sure you consider the following point: Black surfaces are very prone to reflecting dust and you have to be ready to wipe the table top everyday. If you already have the habit of doing so, then by all means, go ahead!


4) Size

Round tables for around 4 to 6 people normally measures from 100 cm to 120 cm (40 ” – 47 “) in diameter. 80 cm (31 “) ones are good for hosting just 2. Anything larger than 120 cm certainly can host more but it will be really quite large. Bear in mind that a 120 cm circle is not the same as a 120 cm rectangle.


After a long hunt, we finally crossed paths with the table of our dream:

A 100 cm wide, extensible, acajou wood table with tulip leg.

It even has an unexpected feature – you can lower it to become a coffee table if you wish.



The mechanism underneath is very sturdy and it has all the signs of a good quality table from the 60’s era.

We have chosen to go with extensible, as we want a small table for daily use that can have the flexibility to host up to 6 to 8 people for dinner parties.

And because we live like bulls in a china shop, wood gives us the possibility to re-sand the table top if the scratches get too crazy.

And finally, the central tulip leg is what took us so long to look for — there really aren’t many choices of extensible tables with slim central legs on the market.

Of course, the tulip leg will always remind us of the fact that it isn’t the Saarinen’s. But as I say it once and again: what’s the point of buying a Ferrari only to have to park it in the street? I would rather choose to smile and relax than to cry over the inevitable new scratches anytime.


à la vie aujourd’hui,




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *