Self Storing Amish Table Leaves

By Bailiegh Basham · September 21, 2022

Self Storing Amish Table Leaves

How Do Self Storing Leaves in Dining Tables Work?

Transform your dining room with one of our extension dining tables to create a space for family meals or a stunning showcase for formal dinner parties. While there are many ways a table’s space can be amplified, arguably the most popular way is with table leaves which can be added and removed as needed. The attachable leaf function applies to many of our dining room tables, spanning across a wide range of styles and colors.

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 to accommodate extra guests without needing to purchase 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 affected 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 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.

Check Out Popular Dining Room Tables With Self Storing Leaves

Countryside Amish Furniture proudly presents a full range of tables with self-storing leaves. In order to determine if the table catching your eye has options for expansion, explore what options are made available under Design Your Piece and explore the bulleted list of features. To help you on your hunt, below are some personal favorites for dining rooms with self-storing leaves. 

Osthoff Modern Trestle Table - This modern, two-toned dining room table can be custom-made in nine different hardwoods. Thoughtful details evoke subtle class, from the semi-boat top and chamfer edge, and decoratively rounded base. Choose from multiple sizes and the option of up to four self-storing leaves. 

Tuckerman Double Pedestal Table - We love this Amish-made dining room table so much that we feature it on our homepage! The double pedestal base provides an eye-catching design, ample leg room, and added stability through the liveliest of family gatherings. You get to design the top in almost every way imaginable; select your shape, edge-style, and size dimensions, as well as the table’s hardwood and finish. Like many of the tables we featured, this dining room table can come with four (or less) 12” leaves to add the extra serving space you need. 




Where can I find Amish handmade tables with self-storing leaves?

We have several beautiful, solid wood tables with self storing leaves. 

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.




Author, Baileigh Basham

Bailiegh Basham is Lead Sales & Marketing Strategist at Countryside Amish Furniture. She's been a team member since 2014. Bailiegh is deeply passionate about furniture design and home decor.