The Convenience of Self-Storing Leaves
So you’re in the market for a new kitchen table or dining room table. And the possibilities are endless and almost overwhelming. It’s great that you can choose not only the size, shape, material and style of the table, but you can also choose what kind of expansion you want your table to offer as well. Tables with self-storing leaves are a great option-and here is why…
One of the first things you think about when considering which kitchen or dining room table to purchase is the size of your table. You want to think about your space and how to best utilize it. You don’t want your table to be too large for the space, but you don’t want it to be too small either.
You also want to think about how many people you will need to accommodate. Maybe you have a small family, or maybe you have a larger family. But that’s not all you need to consider; think about how often you entertain.
Or perhaps you have a teenager, and your house is the “hang-out” place. You want to make sure to have ample room for all the situations your family experiences. So don’t make a hasty decision – think it through.
So, what do you do when you have a smaller family but you entertain often? Or maybe you’re an empty-nester, yet occasionally all the kids and grandkids come home for the holidays? This can be a tough one, because you don’t want to buy an oversized table that will only be used a handful of times each year and takes up space the rest of the year.
This is where the genius of table leaves comes in. Now, leaves to expand the length of a table aren’t new. In fact, they are a creative solution that allows a lot of versatility. Whoever invented the idea of leaves to lengthen a table deserves a medal (if you ask me)! What a great way to solve the problem of only needing a longer table every so often!
For me personally, my husband and I bought a beautiful, traditional dining room table with 6 matching chairs when we got married. It came with 2 leaves so that we could expand the table as our family expanded (which it did – now we have 4 children!).
We also envisioned installing those table leaves while entertaining guests during a Super Bowl party or while celebrating one of our children’s birthdays. For us, purchasing a dining room table with removable leaves was a no-brainer.
But even better are tables with self-storing leaves! Oh, how I wish that tables with self-storing leaves had been more available when we purchased our table years ago. I do love the adaptability of having a table with detachable leaves, but it is such a pain to store them.
They are heavy and awkward, and half the time we don’t remember where we put them! We practically have to put out an APB and search the house looking for them (which is the last thing we want to do when we’re preparing for guests to arrive).
Number of Table Leaves
When it comes to selecting a table with leaves, you must also keep in mind that different table sizes come with different numbers of leaves. For example, depending on the size and the shape of the table, you can choose either 2, 3 or 4 leaves. How many leaves will depend on the size, shape and pedestal type.
So if you are table shopping and find a table that you really like but you also have your heart set on self-storing leaves, you will want to double check to be sure that the size, shape and pedestal of the table you prefer accommodates both the number of leaves you want as well as the self-storing option too.
How Do Self-Storing Leaves Work?
The magic of self-storying leaves is really anything but magic. These tables are designed with a secret storage space underneath the center of the table. You simply unlock the mechanism holding the two ends of the table together and then pull the ends apart.
In between the two halves you will find the self-storing leaves neatly tucked away and ready to use when you need them. Just pull them out, position them in place, and push the two ends back together, relocking them together securely.
When your event or celebration is done, simply unlock the locking mechanism, pull the ends apart and remove the self-storing leaves. Restore them to their storage place underneath the table top and reset the table to its smaller position. It really doesn’t get any easier than this. And it takes hardly no time at all!
The Benefits of Self-Storing Table Leaves
The convenience of a table with self-storing leaves can’t be overstated, and it could be the solution you’re looking for to solve your space challenges.
You can truly maximize your space when needed while enjoying a smaller table on a regular basis. With the option of self-storing leaves, your table can serve dual purposes: you can enjoy a smaller table that takes up less space and provides a more intimate setting while having the option of expanding your table when you host a game night, celebrate a birthday or holiday, or need to spread out to do crafts with the grandkids. In the same way, an expanded table with leaves removed and conveniently stored beneath the tabletop becomes a quick card table.
Gone are the days of hunting around the house for the table leaves! With self-storing leaves you will know exactly where to find them – right inside the table! How much more convenient can it be?
The next time you want to gather together with a large group of people, you can enthusiastically offer your house as the entertainment place because your table with self-storing leaves can be easily and quickly put together and can accommodate everyone without a problem. Everyone can have a seat at the table. Everyone can be included. There’s plenty of space around a table with self-storing leaves. Let the entertaining begin!