admiring: cross extension table

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I’ve long been eyeing this Cross Extension Table for the new dining room. I really love the legs on the table – how they are inset, and splay outwards. It makes for comfortable seating on the ends as well. I’ve drawn this table in our floor plan – you know, just for planning purposes.

I’m not positive we’ll land on this piece. I still want to visit and talk to the owners of Narrative Furniture just down the street from us. They custom build dining room tables to your specifications, and I attended a meeting once on one of their tables and it was gorgeous. I like the idea of working with them on a table, but I’m not sure if they do extendable pieces.

I have a few must-haves for the table. I’d love for it to be walnut and I want it to extend for larger dinner parties and seat 12 people. This Cross Extension Table holds two leaves in a felt lined tray below the table. I think we’d probably always have one leaf in – I really want a large table in the room, even if there are only four of us – but the second leaf could go in and accommodate our family and friends.

We’re also planning for built-in seating along the west wall of the addition. It will incorporate storage for cookbooks and drawer storage beneath it. It will provide us a comfortable place to sit or lounge in the space when we don’t necessarily want to sit at the table, and with the addition of a folding table and a few stools, it will double the seating capacity for the room – making it possible to have dinner for our entire family if they visit for special occasions, or a place for the kids to eat while the adults are dining at the main table. I see it as a really flexible component of the room, and something that brings a library / den feeling into a dining room. I think this room will become the heart of our home, and I’m excited for the connection to the garden outside. It’s currently gorgeous outside – the kind of weekend where we’d have the folding glass wall open all weekend, transforming the space into a breeze filled garden room for all sorts of tasks and relaxing.

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My favorite dining chair of all time is the Wishbone Chair by Hans Wegner. It’s such a classic piece, which is great, because I’d have to collect one at a time, over many years! It’s so comfortable to sit in, and the footprint is compact enough to not look overcrowded around a table.

Okay, back to the drawings. (Sometimes it’s nice to take a break and jump to finished products!)

4 Responses to admiring: cross extension table

  1. I love the DWR table and the Narrative shop looks intriguing – it looks like they must have opened up just after we skirted out of town. I’m so excited by how this whole project is taking shape – thanks for bringing us along! Cheers – CT

    • It’s not been open too long – at least not in that location. I feel like I saw them featured in Feast or Sauce – I think they supply custom tables to food places / people. But I was excited to see them with a storefront.

      Artifox is also local, and I think their stuff is beautiful. I think I wrote a post on them at some point. I miss working at a drafting table / stool so much. I was just listening to an NPR piece on sitting so much, and they were talking about how good stool sitting is for you – you just get up and move around so much more.

  2. Gorgeous pieces. I’d been hankering for a pedestal round table. I settled for something on craigslist, which was oval with the leaf, and after living with it since winter, I’ve realized it was a terrible mistake. So, fall project will be sanding and refinishing the original long table and selling the mistake. Ah well…

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