How to Extend a Dining Room Table

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If you will be hosting a large dinner, such as a holiday meal, having a party or just have extended family visiting, you'll likely need to extend your dining room table to accommodate the extra guests. It's not as festive to break up the party into separate eating areas or scatter people among rooms to eat with plates in their laps because your dining room table isn't long enough. Extending a dining room table is simple, especially if you already own the matching leaf (or leaves) that will blend in with the existing finish. Often, you can still purchase additional leaves from the retailer if your table is still in production or is a standard size and finish. If you can't, there's still an easy way to extend the dining room table and make sure everyone eats together.

Things You'll Need

  • Dining table leaf
  • Large tablecloth (optional)
  • Small extra table that is the same height and width as your current dining table (optional)
  • Helper

Extend a Dining Room Table With a Leaf

  • Unlock the dining room table, if applicable, and pull the dining room chairs away from the table. Then, stand at the far end of the dining room table with your helper at the opposite end.

  • Pull your end toward you while your helper pulls toward them until the dining room table splits to reveal a gap large enough to insert a dining room table leaf.

  • Slide the dining room table leaf into the gap, securing it in place according to the manufacturer's instructions (many dining room tables use a corresponding hole and peg system for securing the leaf).

  • Push the dining room table back together from each end until the dining room table leaf is fully integrated. Reposition the dining room table and put the chairs back in place.

Extend Your Dining Room Table Without a Leaf

  • Find a small table that is the same width and height as your dining room table (a folding table works well). If you don't already own a table that will work, you can rent, borrow or purchase one.

  • Move the chairs away and then move the dining room table to make room at one end of the dining room for the extra table. Push the extra table firmly against the exposed end of the dining room table.

  • Spread a long tablecloth over both tables so it looks like one long dining room table and put the chairs back.

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