What Are Butterfly Leaf Dining Tables?

By Bailiegh Basham · August 8, 2016

What Are Butterfly Leaf Dining Tables?

Amish Butterfly Leaf Dining Tables

Small dining spaces require strategic solutions. Butterfly leaf tables offer expansion potential and self-storage to uniquely fit the bill. Amish made pullout leaf tables are the highest quality and are made of domestic hardwood to last a lifetime.

What is a butterfly leaf?

A butterfly leaf is named because when it is being "opened' into place, it appears to have wings like a butterfly. A center seam allows the leaf to fold and stack to slide under the table top for storage. Our Amish artisans have perfected the mechanism of the leaf and also minimized the space required making it virtually invisible beneath your table top. When installing the leaf for use, one need only to separate the table top by pulling the ends apart, then lift the top half of the leaf to open and the mechanism allows the leaf to rise into place.

Finally, push the ends of the table back together so that the leaf secures snugly on either side. Now you have two extra spaces at your Amish dinner table.


Pictured: Oscoda Butterfly Leaf Dining Table

Who could use a butterfly leaf table?

Butterfly dining tables come in all shapes and sizes. Your Amish handcrafted butterfly table, however, can be much larger and in virtually any shape. Further, leg tables, trestle tables, and pedestal tables can all offer a butterfly leaf. In small spaces, a butterfly leaf is a pragmatic option for expansion as no storage space is required.

Also, one 18" leaf adds space for two adults. Regular leaves self store, but add less space per leaf, typically, and are not quite as easy to transition as the butterfly leaf. Versatility, convenience, and ease are the three best reasons to choose a butterfly leaf dining or kitchen table.


When is it time to use a butterfly leaf?

Butterfly leaf dining tables are great for apartment living. If daily dining requires only space for four, but you want to have the option to invite your parents over, a butterfly leaf table is the perfect choice. Typically, butterfly leaves add 18" to your table top and in some instances, larger tables can accept two butterfly leaves meaning 4-6 additional spaces can be added for family style dining.


Pictured: Everest Pub Cabinet Table

How to shop for butterfly leaf tables?

Click here to be directed to all of Countryside's butterfly leaf tables. No matter what height, shape, or style, every table we offer direct from Amish Country with a butterfly leaf will be listed in these pages. First, choose the style you prefer and then choose the base size for your daily needs. Finally, just use our online options menu to complete the design of your custom butterfly leaf table and add it to your shopping cart.

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us by chat, phone, or e-mail.




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.