Drop everything you’ve thought about dining room tables, and meet one of the most versatile pieces of furniture you can own: the drop-leaf table. This space saver serves more than dinner; it offers a myriad of uses and can be placed in a variety of rooms. In fact, you can ditch that flimsy card table that you keep in the basement for times when you need more room, and host your guests on a real piece of furniture that you store in plain sight.
Drop-leaf tables have been around for a long time. They date back to 16th Century England, and were used during the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. Drop-leaf tables in various designs have been used in America since the late 1600s. Early versions featured gate legs that swung out to support the leaves. Then around 1710, the butterfly table was created, using wing-shaped leaf supports that pivot out from the stretchers.
While drop-leaf tables were originally used for breakfast, today they can do that and more. Here are five places to use a drop-leaf table in your home:
Instead of the traditional console table, use a drop-leaf table. It can hold a lamp as well as other decorative accents, and be pulled into another room when needed.
The Family Room
Instead of a sofa table, use a drop-leaf table. It’s the perfect solution when you need an extra work surface or if you want to play a board game or assemble a puzzle with your family.
The Dining Room
While you can use a drop-leaf table as your permanent dining room table, it also works well as a buffet. During larger gatherings, simply raise the leaf and add chairs.
The Living Room
Use a drop-leaf table as a side table in a traditional living room. The shape will add a sense of history to your room, and you can pull it out whenever you need it.
Drop-leaf tables are the perfect solution for small eating areas because they don’t take up much space. You can keep one leaf up while the other is flush with the wall. If you have a larger crowd, simply pull it out when needed.