Pedestal dining tables are supported by a central column or pillar, usually with three or four spreading legs at its base. A pedestal base, without corner legs and horizontal braces, is a space saver: chairs can fit easily under the table and may seat more people. Table shapes are oval, round or rectangular and can be elegant or rustic. Many options for legs exist, in both traditional and contemporary styles, and in a range of materials.
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Traditional-style legs may be fluted, turned or cabriole, a curved leg that ends with an ornamental claw. The columns, usually in the same style as the legs, are traditional as well and often fluted or turned. The pedestal legs, with pillars, are often reproductions of traditional designs like Sheraton, Queen Anne, Duncan Phyfe or Empire. Larger traditional tables sometimes feature double pedestals.
Numerous options are available in contemporary-styled pedestal legs. Flat, stacked layers or tiers of wood replace the extension of traditional legs in some modern interpretations. Some Amish tables have modern styling: simple, crossed flat legs supporting a column composed of angular or circular horizontal beams to create a modern geometric design. Other types of contemporary tables also have legs composed to create modern designs. A pedestal without legs creates a simple tubular column that tapers at the top.
The material used for pedestal legs is wide ranging, from solids and veneers in oak, walnut, cherry, mahogany and maples, to a selection of painted woods in numerous colours. Contemporary styles are also available in metals such as chrome and steel.
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