Dining Table Love

October 24, 2013 — 3 Comments

After weeks of deliberation I’m so happy to welcome the Arc Base dining table from West Elm. I’ve been wanting to replace my monolithic rectangle table from Ikea and I finally took the plunge and bought little puppy as soon as it went on sale. I’m still using my old West Elm Klismos chairs, but I’m hoping to replace them never when funds become available.

west elm klismos dining chair

the Arc Base dining table from West Elm

Overall I’m happy with my new purchase.Things always look differently in the store (or online) than they do when they’ve arrived in your home, but the Arc Base is an attractive table,and is the perfect size for my dining room. I live in a small space so I was looking for something big enough to seat friends at dinner, but not so big as to overpower the space.

The key to finding a table, especially for a small space is to pay special attention to dimensions – both the surface width and also the height. I find that in general a round table is best in a small space, but a smaller rectangle can be equally effective – visually separating the ‘dining room’ from the ‘living room’ in an open concept space. Here are a few of my favorite condo appropriate dining tables:

Condo Sized Dining Tables


Condo Friendly Dining Tables for Small Spaces

1. The Arc Base Pedestal Table. Sculptural and dart, this table is classic and can comfortably seat 4 people. From WestElm for about $400
2. Pocket White Extension Table. Engineered wood top in glossy white lacquer seats four, and expands to seat 6 when you have company. From CB2 for about $600
3. Pink & Brown Saarinen Tulip Dining Table. The white base with the grey-veined marble top is classic and no one hates this thing. The table above is a Saarinen inspired table used by Yanic Simard in his own small condo space. From The Modern Shop for about $1800
4. Blox Dining Table. This one is a little larger than the others, but it’s stunning and well worth it if you have a little more space up for grabs. From CB2 for about $600.

3 responses to Dining Table Love

  1. hi,

    I like this arc base pedestal table a lot as well. I saw it i store. My only concern is it scratches easily as far as I can see. I dragged the glass vase on display and I can see it leaves a dent and maybe this table is dark it is more noticeable.

    Can I ask your experience of using this table so far? Are there many scratches from daily use? or are they visible? Maybe you use them with a table cloth. I appreciate your review please.

    • Hi Gokhan,
      I wouldn’t use a table cloth with this table only because it would hide the pedestal feature, which makes the table unique.I love the table, but it isn’t particularly durable. I haven’t noticed any scratches, but the table can’t handle any water at all. Mine has several watermarks that happened because I’ve left a glass of water or something on it for more than a few minutes

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