Jazz up this traditional-yet-casual table with caned-back,
X-back or even upholstered
chairs with nailhead trim.
Expanding leaves — like the two
20" ones offered with this
model — allow you to seat as
many as 12 diners. By Milling
Road. 31" h. x 116" l. x 46" w.
$6,960. At Studio b.
With its pedestal base and oval shape, this modern
classic can accommodate at least eight. Team it with
Saarinen tulip chairs, Panton chairs or Louis Ghost
chairs. The marble top hides scratches and
withstands heat, but it’s porous. To reduce staining,
apply a sealant and use a protective cleanser. 28" h. x
86" l. $6,960. Through Knoll.
Square tables can limit seating but
this contemporary Parsons-style
model extends to accommodate
at least six. Consider a frosted
glass top, which shows fewer
marks and less dust than clear
glass. 29-1/2" h. x 35" sq. From
$1,230. At Calligaris.
TAKE ONE TABLE, PAIR IT WITH A
DIFFERENT STYLE OF CHAIR AND
YOU’VE GOT THE LATEST LOOK:
THE UNMATCHED DINING SET. TEXT BY LIS A MURPHY
Bensen X table
A trestle-style base maximizes legroom and allows you to
slip in an extra chair (or two!) at the corners. To keep the
look modern, choose a dark walnut, glass or steel top.
Lighter wood provides a more casual, rustic look. 22-1/2"
h. x 87" l. x 36-1/2" w. From $2,150. At Inform Interiors.
Vanguard Barcelona round table
A round table is conversation-friendly, although space may be
limited. Be sure to test a pedestal table for stability and check
that the base isn’t so wide that it catches guests’ feet. Also,
choose a wood top with a catalytic lacquered finish, which helps
repel heat and moisture. 31" h. x 54" diam. $2,877. At DeBoer’s.
We asked Toronto designer Anne Hepfer, of
Anne Hepfer Designs, and Tim Tanz, of Toronto
retailer Studio b, for their tips on choosing the
best table for your room.
REVIEW YOUR ROOM: Square and round
tables suit square spaces, while rectangular
and oval shapes work well in rectangular
rooms. Allow for a minimum four-foot
clearance between the table and walls.
DO A HEAD COUNT: Choose a size that
accommodates your ideal number of guests.
To seat eight comfortably, for example, you’d
need a 72"-diameter round table or an 81"-long
HEIGHTEN YOUR AWARENESS: Make
sure your chairs fit under the table and watch
out for a frame or “apron” under the tabletop,
which can reduce space and make sitting
uncomfortable. For best knee and leg clearance,
the bottom of the apron shouldn’t be lower
than 27" from the floor.
TOP IT OFF RIGHT: Select your table
materials based on your decorating style,
household needs, dining style and housekeeping
skills. Wood requires polishing and can scratch
easily, for example, but doesn’t show
fingerprints like clear glass does. Stone and
marble are durable, but can show stains and
feel cold to the touch.