How to extend a dining table

Written by tonya goodspeed
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If you need to extend your dining table, it can be easy to do if your table comes with a leaf. A dining table leaf matches your dining table exactly and was built especially to extend your dining table conveniently. If you don't have a leaf you may be able to purchase one from the manufacturer. If your table is not designed to extend there is another option for creating additional seating at the table.

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Things you need

  • Dining table leaf
  • Large tablecloth (optional)
  • Small extra table (optional)

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    Extending Your Dining Table Using a Leaf

  1. 1

    Stand at one end of the dining table and have another person stand opposite you at the other end.

  2. 2

    Pull your end of the table toward you at the same time the other person pulls his end away from you. This should reveal a gap in the middle of the table the size of the table leaf.

  3. 3

    Place the dining table leaf in the space, making sure it's secure according to manufacturer's instructions (some dining tables have corresponding holes and peg system for placing the leaf, in others the leaf just slides in).

  4. 4

    Push the dining table back together with each person pushing from their end until the dining leaf is seamlessly integrated and recenter the dining table if necessary.

    Extending Your Dining Table Without a Leaf

  1. 1

    Get a small table that is the same height and width of your current dining table. A folding table, usually, works well for this application.

  2. 2

    Move your dining table to accommodate adding the extra table to one end and make sure you abut the extra table firmly against the end of your dining table.

  3. 3

    Spread a large tablecloth over both tables to hide the extra table and give the appearance of one long dining table.

Tips and warnings

  • Some tables that extend are clamped or locked underneath the tabletop, check there first before trying to separate the table.

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