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Old 05-09-2007, 10:32 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We have a large dining room table right now. But I really think we could go smaller, but I can't figure out how much smaller while still being comfortable. Five people sit at the table during most meals.

Show me your dining room table, please? Also, include how many sit at the table for meals regularly.

Thanks!
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I don't think this will help you, if I'm understanding your question right, but here it is:

http://www.familymoses.net/diningroom.htm

We usually have just the 4 of us. It seats 8, but we can fit up to 12 if we have people sit at the "corners".

Really, though, we mostly eat on the front porch. That's a square table that fits the 4 of us just right. I don't think you can really see it, but it's on the right side of the porch, if you are facing the house.
http://www.familymoses.net/porch.htm
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Wow Nancy, your home is gorgeous! You and DH have done a tremendous job!

Your table inside is about the same size as our current table. We're just moving into a smaller home, so I think we need to off our table and get a smaller one. The one your porch is cute from what I can see. Anything that we can make work with five people at the table.. even if I can't have all of the meal on the table, just the main course in the middle.
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Nancy your home is beautiful!! I love the trees outside, and the flooring. Wow!

Here's our table: it just seats four, with possibilities of 6.
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i2...g?t=1178751943

We bought it at Pier One a few years ago and it has really stood up to the kids. We got the white trim with antique finish. That way when it gets banged up you can't notice it because it looked banged up to begin with.

7yo: "Mom,I know which man is on a quarter and which on is on a nickel. They both have ponytails, but one man has a collar and the other man is naked. The naked man was our first president."
 
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No pictures to show, but you might want to consider a pedestal or trestle table. By eliminating legs at each corner, these styles give you room for more chairs at the table.
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We got our table from Ikea. It has held up very well. It is a table that will seat 4 when it is folded. When unfolded it will seat 6, or even 8 sometimes.

I love the way it folds like a book onto itself and then slides into place. Its great!

Excuse the paint...my dc love to paint the furniture...

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...4ZuGQJ&notag=1

ETA: The pics are out of order. The first pic is the table mid-unfolding...the rest are pretty self explanatory. One unfolded and one folded.

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I like glass tables because you don't have to worry about setting something hot on them.
Unfortunately our table is rather HUGE but because of the legs it only seats 4. I know there is only two of us at the moment, but... It was given to us, otherwise we would not have one at all. Our next table will probably be the pedestal kind.
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Thank you, every one of you! I'm thinking we'll do a rectangular shaped table. I guess we really need to wait until we find THE place, to figure out what will work.

We would do a glass table, but the kids aren't always gentle. I'd be afraid of them falling into it, or slamming something down on it - which they occasionally do accidentally. :/

I'll have to look more at the pedestal and trestle tables.
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I like glass tables because you don't have to worry about setting something hot on them.
Unfortunately our table is rather HUGE but because of the legs it only seats 4. I know there is only two of us at the moment, but... It was given to us, otherwise we would not have one at all. Our next table will probably be the pedestal kind.
Be careful with glass and little ones. My friend had a mom's gathering at her house. A preschooler got on top of her glass dining table when no one was looking and fell through! He was cut up pretty badly. Another friend had the same thing happen when her son put his leg through a glass square of a coffee table. Luckly he was wearing his socks.

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This is our dining room table. The way we use it on a daily basis, it seats four. We have 2 extra chairs and a leaf so we can fit 6. Probably could squeeze in 8.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7636148@N07/492046954/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7636148...n/photostream/

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There are only three of us at the moment and it's pretty snug at our dining table. I got this table plus 6 chairs at a consignment shop for $500. They're originally from Pottery Barn. Our house is pretty small (1500 sq. ft.)...

http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/b...m/P3230017.jpg

http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/b...m/P1270070.jpg

http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/b...m/P1270071.jpg
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Brianna's Mom - I love how you have your home decorated, or at least what I could see. And your living/family room is bigger than ours, and our home is bigger than yours (currently.. the next place we will be living in will be 1,000 sq ft approx).

hopeelise - Love your name on flickr!

Keep 'em coming. This is giving me good ideas on just how small we can go, while staying comfortable.
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Our table

We got our new table from pottery barn in january. It is an 60" square table that can seat 6-8. Right now we have 6 chairs at the table. The extra two are in our bedroom in the sitting area. We bought the extention that we can add in. We we put in the extra piece it will turn into a rectangular table that could seat 8-10. There are now 5 in the family, but only 4 of us are actually seated right now. We had a round table that sat 4 but that just wasn't going to work. I like to be able to expand if i need to for family or friends.
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This is an awesome and timely thread! We are moving, and while our new dining room isn't tiny it isn't huge either--and it has a door to the kitchen and is adjoined to the living room and so will very likely get walked through multiple times a day, so I don't want something that we will have to be turning sideways to get past all the time, but I want something that will be able to be expanded to accomodate guests for sit down dinners. (I'm thinking at least 8 people should be able to fit when expanded or whatever . . . .)

I guess what I am trying to say is, : : !!!!
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This is the table I love and when we move again we'll get. We don't want a formal dining room but want something that will seat guests.

With no leaves it seats 6 and you can order up to 13 leaves where it will seat 20.

http://www.amishtables.com/dining-ro...nal/Brookline/

I've sat at one fully extended and it is very sturdy.
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