These timeless designs are proving popular on ufurnish.com
Oak dining tables are a timeless classic. It’s hard to beat the warmth of a natural wood finish, and durability of oak means your dining table will stand the test of time.
Solid oak has obvious appeal, but don’t dismiss oak veneer. It may sound less authentic, but veneer – made by slicing premium cuts of oak and gluing them to a man-made backing board – results in a super tough tabletop hardened against everyday knocks. And it’s often cheaper than solid timber.
If space is limited, consider an extendable dining table to seat occasional guests. The two most common types are those that extend from the centre with the addition of a leaf, usually stored beneath the tabletop, and those that extend from the end, courtesy of a hinged piece of wood that folds up and down as required. A third, but less common type, is the radial – a round table that expands when you rotate it, thanks to a clever mechanism of moving dart-shaped leaves.
There are pros and cons to each type – a leaf extension is usually the most stable, and a radial will cost more because of the engineering involved. A hinged version works well in small spaces where the table needs to be pushed up against a wall. Just be sure to test its sturdiness before buying.
The following designs are bestsellers on furnishings website ufurnish.com, which showcases collections from more than 100 retailers.
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1. The Kitsilano, InsideOut Living
The Kitsilano solid-oak extendable dining table from InsideOut Living, measuring a stately 2.2 metres, is finished in a neutral whitewash that emphasises the varied grain of the wood. The oak has been sourced from fully certified FSC origins, and the lacquer finish will keep it looking good for years. The dining table seats six, but you can add two extension leaves (sold separately) to extend the table for up to 12 people. Can be bought with or without the Brunswick chairs and benches – buy as a set for a 10% discount. Also available in dark brown oak. Dimensions: L 220cm x W 95cm x H 75cm.
2. The Pure, Pepper Sq
The Scandi-style Pure extendable dining table in oak veneer is modern and elegant. The contemporary classic from Pepper Sq is available in Milky Oak or Natural Oak finishes and different lengths. Pair it with Madrid cane dining chairs or Orson leather dining chairs, also available from Pepper Sq. Available in two sizes: L 160cm (expanding to 230cm) x W 90cm x H 76cm and L 180cm (expanding to 260cm) x W 90cm x H 76cm.
3. The Grange, Furniture & Choice
The two-tone Grange oak dining table from Furniture & Choice is an elegant take on contemporary farmhouse style. Its substantial frame features a beautiful oak table top with rustic beam detailing, supported by contrasting x-shape hardwood legs in grey. The Grange extends from 180cm to 220cm to seat up to eight. The central butterfly extension leaf stores neatly under the table top. Dimensions: L 220cm x W 90cm x H 75cm.
4. The Cooper, Perch & Parrow
The Cooper from Perch & Parrow is a country-style extendable round dining table made from solid oak with a Storm Grey painted finish. Ideal for country interiors with a modern twist, the table extends from 120cm to 155cm. It has an oak veneer top and carved solid oak legs. Pair it with the matching Cooper chairs to achieve a contemporary farmhouse look. Dimensions: diameter 155cm x height 75cm.
5. The Felser, Barker & Stonehouse
Barker & Stonehouse’s Felser is an extendable oak veneer dining table that’s perfect for a contemporary kitchen-diner. The easy-to-use gliding extension mechanism can accommodate two different sized leaves – either 65cm x 100cm or 100cm x 100cm (both come at an additional cost). Available in two colours: Colorado walnut and Santa light oak. Dimensions: L 220cm x W 100cm x H 75cm.