Self Storing Amish Table LeavesBy Bailiegh Basham · November 17, 2017
How Do Self Storing Leaves in Dining Tables Work?
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Also known as extension tables, hardwood tables with self-storing leaves are helpful solutions for smaller kitchens and dining rooms. Traditional dining room tables can take up a lot of space, and if you don’t have the dining space adequate for that size table, tables with self storing leaves are the perfect choice.
A dining table that expands using a leaf, or insert, is both versatile and efficient, giving you the space you need accommodate extra guests without needing to purchase in a table that is too large for everyday use. You may remember when you had to store extra leaves for your wooden dining table in a nearby closet or spare bedroom, but today’s tables with self storing leaves let you neatly and conveniently tuck them away under the table top. It's very easy to insert them, and then tuck them away after company has gone home.
Similar to butterfly leaves, regular self storing leaves are stored inside the table. However, these extensions may be removed in entirety from the table itself. Leaves are available with or without leaf skirts, also known as aprons. Leaf skirts continue the skirt that is around the table at its regular size and helps better hides the glides under the edge of the table top. Depending on your table configuration, the self-storing capabilities may be effected by the leaf skirting. In these cases, we leave it up to the customer - would you rather have self-storing leaves, or leaves with aprons?
To insert your table leaf extension, simply pull apart the table top from from ends. Most of our hardwood leg tables have wooden slides, while pedestal and trestle tables are often standard with ball-bearing metal slides. Remove the leaf or leaves and then fit them carefully together by aligning the pegs before pushing the ends of the table top back against the leaves. Your extensions will be numbered to ensure a proper fit and grain alignment; the numbers indicate the order the leaves were cut from the original (solid) table top.
Where can I find Amish handmade tables with self-storing leaves?
We have several beautiful, solid wood tables with self storing leaves. Browse a selection of our favorites below:
Before making the final decision on which made-to-order dining or kitchen table is for you, please carefully check the item's self-storing leaf rules. This information is listed on each product page under the green "dimensions" tab.