If I could tell you how to make your dining table larger would you be interested? Good, I thought you might, since I was so excited when it worked for us. What if I told you it doesn’t have to be permanent unless you want it to be. We needed a larger dining table for our family Thanksgiving, so this was our solution. Our table was a oval pedestal with six chairs and definitely was not going to be large enough for our growing family. Consequently we took a 3/4″ 4′ X 8′ sheet of plywood and edged it with a 2″ X 1″ pine board, cutting the corners at a 45 degree angle. We glued and nailed it together, easing the edges with a sander so they weren’t sharp.
To keep the table from getting scratched, we left the pad on it. Carefully we centered the frame over the table and placed it down on top of the padded table. If you don’t have a pad you could use a large piece of cardboard cut from a refrigerator box or several boxes taped together.
Beings our table was a pedestal type, we decided to add some legs on both ends for stability. They were a rather primitive fix that we had found in a old barn, but they worked. 🙂 I’m sure you could find a much better alternative. However if your dining table has four legs you might not need the extra stability.
Now you get to decide how you’re going to finish it. Paint it, stain it, whatever you choose. Unfortunately, since we made this choice at the last minute we just threw a large table cloth on it and we were good to go. Table cloths that are 108″-120″ work the best depending on your preferences of how long it hangs on the ends.
I love this table for many reasons, it’s not just great for large get togethers. It’s my go to place when I’m working on large projects. It’s amazing for laying out fabric for long curtains. It works great for kids crafts, if your always going to have a table cloth on it. You don’t have to worry so much about ruining your table top. Using this same concept, you could make a large craft table with cupboards or cubical cases. Another great thing about this idea for making your table larger, is if you do only want it for large get togethers it stores very well.
If this wasn’t already enough amazingness. One more great thing about this idea is it works wonderful for those who have bought a home with a large dining room, and don’t have the money in the budget for a large dining table. Which was the case for us as well. On the two sides we put the six chairs that originally came with the table. Later, a friend of our daughters was throwing away four fabric covered chairs which she blessed us with. She even had two different sets of covers for them, white and khaki. We later purchased brown covers for Fall and blue as you see above.
If you decide to use this idea in your own home please share pictures. I would love to see it.
If you are interested in the table arrangement it’s very easy and explained here.
Oh and would you like to see the dining room completely redone using the same table? Click here
Have a AMAZING day!!!