I just finished a complete kitchen renovation, which included moving the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, which made the dining room too small for my current dining room set, so I am in the market for a new, and quite small table. I found the almost-perfect table at the very first place I looked, which happens to be a furniture store that is going out of business, which means the price is right and I have to decide quickly. Here's what I found:
The thing that is so perfect about this table is that with the leaf it is a 54"x54" square, which will allow me to seat 8 people in my 11'x11'6" dining room. It will be snug, sure, but I need to seat 8 people in there exactly once a year. Without the leaf, the table is 54"x36", which would mean I could actually walk all the way around the table, and possibly even get another piece of furniture in there to hold the huge amounts of china, silver and crystal that, much like the dining room, never get used.
The thing that makes this table almost-perfect instead of totally perfect is that it is countertop height and therefore the chairs are stools. I am perfectly comfortable at the table, but I have young children, who may find the height a challenge for the next few years, and aging parents, who may find the height a challenge a few years down the road. And finally, I just don't know if a countertop-height table works for a dining room.
I need your help, people, and I need it today. How do you feel about countertop-height tables? In general? In a casual dining room?
(Photo credit: my cell phone, obviously.)