Wood Kitchen Table Designs

Kitchen tables come in styles from modern to traditional. Which one is right for you?
Elegant Kitchen With Breakfast Area

Elegant Kitchen With Breakfast Area

Enjoy brunch in this elegant breakfast area. Striped dining chairs pick up accents from the deep rich brown of the hutch and cabinets.

From: Elinor Jones

Enjoy brunch in this elegant breakfast area. Striped dining chairs pick up accents from the deep rich brown of the hutch and cabinets.

When you think of wood kitchen table designs, what comes to mind? Often, it's country-style pedestals or Queen Anne drop-leafs. While they're traditional and beautiful, they're not always in line with a modern-style home. So if you're looking for something less trad and more rad, what are your choices?

Hugely popular right now are farmhouse tables, those big, long tables that look like they could feed a dozen farmhands. Their legs are often wood or metal and the tops can be butcher block, pressed-together slabs of recycled barn wood or a single, solid piece of planed wood. They're perfect for a home with a rustic-industrial flavor, and wood tables are easy to clean.

Danish Modern is a great option for those who prefer a clean-lined style. Usually made of wood in the middle of the spectrum—think teak, cherry and maple—these tables epitomize "form follows function." Most have leaves that extend, allowing you to feed anywhere from four to a dozen and their simple style fits in with decors from traditional to midcentury modern.

But back to those pedestals and Queen Annes. We love them because, whether left in their original finish or painted to fit a specific scheme, they fit into so many styles. They're affordable, easy to find and come in such an array of sizes that they'll work in the smallest kitchen or the largest dining room.

Wooden pedestal tables are the unsung heroes of decorating. You can fit more people around them because there are no legs to get in the way. They're great in a living room as an extra dining area where they can also double as a game table.

If you have a small eat-in kitchen a wooden drop-leaf is a great option. You can fold down the leaves and store the table against the wall, using it to display candlesticks, dishes or glassware until company comes.

For those looking for a completely different take on the wooden kitchen table design, consider having one custom built. Local artisans will build to your specifications, from wood to size to design, and they can do specialty shapes and inlays. The cost is a little higher, but if you're looking for an heirloom, this is the way to go.

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