In a new segment we’re calling Choosing Right we’re going to discuss some of the difficult choices people usually have when it comes to choosing the right piece. For our first part we’re going to talk about which pedestal table is right for you: one that is flushed to the floor with a circular base or one that has 4 legs on the pedestal.

Stanton Amish Single Pedestal Table
Stanton Amish Dining Table

Choosing a Flushed Base Pedestal

We get a lot of people who want to get a pedestal table with a flushed base; typically circular like the image shown. This is usually for a few reasons such as it looks nicer and cleaning is easier since dust can’t collect underneath the base. Like many things there are pros and cons. With these sort of tables they will have a more stylish pedestal with subtle graceful curves. They are also easy to maintain with only the table top and pedestal base needing to be cleaned.

The downsides include not being able to push your chairs in all the way. These bases eat up more surface area limiting how much you can actually push in your chairs. Another con is if you’re one of the people who has a pet peeve about people putting their feet on the table then these tables aren’t for you. If you’re not, you open up the opportunity for people to have some extra room for their feed. And, hey, they’ll help you out by cleaning dust off the base with their socks!

Baytown Amish Single Pedestal Table
Baytown Amish Single Pedestal Table

Choosing a Legged Base Pedestal

Since we’ve covered some of the pros and cons of a pedestal that has a flushed off base, let’s jump into a pedestal that has legs that come off of the pedestal. These sort of pedestals offer the ability to get chairs pushed in more since you can position them in between the legs. The pedestals are usually slimmer as well opening up a little bit more leg room.

However you will have dust collect under the pedestal over time. Depending on the size of your table top, while you’re sitting at the table the feet of the pedestal might become a nuisance and get in the way. Some are more forgiving than others but the issue will still be there.

When it comes to these two different types of pedestals you’ll have to look to see what you value more: functionality or style? With the flushed off pedestals you will, for the better part, have a more stylish table. But with the pedestals with feet you will have the ability to clear up walkway space by being able to push your chairs in all the way.

Have a different opinion on which one is best? Feel free to leave a comment below!


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