Good Questions: Round vs Square Dining Tables?

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Hi there AT:SF-

We are fascinated by round pedestal dining tables, we imagine festive and intimate dinner parties where our friends can all see each other and noone is left hanging at the end of the table... But are they practical? Are they stable? Will our toddlers try to climb on them and send everything tipping over? Will our guests be constantly passing serving plates around the circle, or will we be in lazy susan hell, dishes spinning around endlessly?

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Kathy is considering the Batavia Table by Eclexion Design

We'd love to hear from people who've lived with them and can tell us what they love or hate about them!

And if you love your round table, where did you get it? We're looking for something dark and elegant (maybe even ornate?) that would fit into a San Francisco 1920's interior.

Thanks,
Kathy

Dear Kathy,

We love round tables for all the reasons you described (we bogged this one some time ago), but we do have to issue a warning about them: the smaller the diameter the better they score as conviviality-inducers.

Think about sitting at the big round table at a wedding reception or Chinese restaurant: you wind up talking only to the people seated beside you, since you can't hear the ones facing you across that grand diameter.

And about the pedestal option: it's all in the proportions. A well-designed table, which the Betavia looks to be, will have a pedestal with substantial girth and/or weight to keep the table from tipping. Test out any candidates by leaning on the edge with your full weight. If the table readily wobbles it's not the one you're looking for. Also: if your toddlers weigh more than a typical stuffed Thanksgiving turkey, it's probably best to keep them from climbing aboard.

Anyone else?

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