Classic or Craze: Drop-Leaf Tables

Is it a classic or is it a craze?

By Melissa Mauzy


For our November/December issue, we asked local design professionals to share their opinions on drop-leaf tables. Are these space-savers a thing of the past?

“The drop-leaf table has been around for generations. It is a very versatile piece of furniture, and I expect it is here to stay.” Jeannie Brendel, Brendel Architects.

“While many people today are downsizing and space planning is an important component in the design, a drop-leaf table works as a stylish and very functional addition to a room. It could be used as a nice side table allowing more space for everyday living when the leaves are down, yet work perfectly as a dining table when company arrives for dinner. The drop-leaf table is a classic that’s been around for a very long time, and I believe it will be used in our current home designs even longer.” Laureen Wilder, Laureen Wilder Designs, LLC.

“A drop-leaf table is classic. It provides space for one or two people to enjoy a casual meal but can easily accommodate a party of four. It is a great space saver that can transition from modern to rustic. When it is not being used for dining, a drop-leaf table, because of its more narrow design, can double as a console behind a sofa.” Kathleen Matthews, Savvy Surrounding Style

“Whether traditional or contemporary, I believe that drop-leaf tables will always be a classic for the simple reason that they are space savers.” Tom Manche, Tom Manche Interiors.

“Classic – drop-leaf tables have been around forever and are still perfect in a multitude of different spaces. I have used them for small condo dining rooms where you can use half up, half down unless you have guests, as a console table behind a sofa to be used as an extra dining table for large dinner parties, as a table in a wine cellar that is only opened for a tasting party and as an extra table in a craft room, pulled out as needed for projects. These multi-functional tables also come in traditional and contemporary styles, making them a great fit anywhere.”  Marcia Moore, Marcia Moore Design.

“Space is always a commodity and to work with any piece of furniture that can fit the functionality is an asset. The drop-down table has been around for many years, some are even considered antiques.... but, in this day and age, people want the best use of 'space.' The drop-down table, when in the down position works as an accent table and at it's lifted position can be a lovely eating space. So, definitely, I would vote it as a classic.”  Deb Bokamper, Ageless Design.