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03-08-2018 02:29 PM

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Hey everyone,

My soon to be mother-in-law is wanting me to build her a new kitchen table. She has some requests that I am having trouble figuring out the best way to approach them. Her current table is a square bar-height table that seats 8 people.

The thing I’m struggling with is she wants the new table to be bar height, seat 8 people but she wants this one to be round. I’m thinking a round top to fit 8 people would be rather large and then to put such a large top that high up the base would need to be massive to prevent the table from tipping over. I’ve looked around online to see if anyone even sells a round bar height table of that size for inspiration however the largest I’ve seen seats 6. Just looking for some advice on if her requests make sense or if I should try to talk her down to making the table seat fewer people or drop the height down to a standard table height. It just seems like the combination of things she wants aren’t commonly done together.

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 03-08-2018 02:40 PM

I did one at normal height that seats 8. It is 72” in diameter. The base is huge and very heavy, but it is stable. I don’t think you would have a problem with the height as long as your base is large at floor level and you put a lot of weight into it low down. I hope she does not want to be able to move it to wash the floor. :-)

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#2 posted 03-08-2018 05:23 PM

Another thing to mention to her is that with a round table that size, it is impossible to pass things across it. Most of the space in the middle is basically wasted, unless you put a large lazy Susan on it. Also, you need an absolute minimum of 24” on each side to be able to pull the chair out to sit down and probably more like 30-36” for comfort and room to pass someone sitting down. Perhaps you should make a template out of cardboard or paper that you can lay on top of the existing table to help to visualize what it will be like in the space. You can also check to see whether the chairs will fit around it comfortably. You may be able to go down to about 62 inches and still be able to seat 8, but perhaps not quite as comfortably as 72”, and you probably couldn’t easily squeeze in a 9th chair when weird Uncle Harry shows up on Thanksgiving. No one wants to sit that close weird Uncle Harry.

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#3 posted 03-08-2018 05:37 PM

My father built a large round table for our kitchen when I was a kid. (50+ years ago.) He started with a wire spool and added a rim around it to bring it to about 72” diameter. He also cut down the base to table height and trimmed the lower spool side to about 3” wider than the hub. Even with 5 wild kids, it never moved or tipped. Our family of 7 fit easily and I seem to recall being able to get 10 around the table in a pinch. He also made a large lazy susan for the table. There was no way things could get passed across without it.
I can still recall the day it was brought in the house. The table was fully assembled in the garage and had to be brought in through the front door, lifted over a stair railing, and then maneuvered through the living room into the kitchen. I learned lots of new unrepeatable words that day. The table never moved and I think they sold it along with the house when my parents passed.

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#4 posted 03-08-2018 05:41 PM

When I was in Shanghai for the furniture company I worked for, I saw a number of these in various restaurants I visited. They were higher and yes, they always used a lazy susan. I always thought they were somewhat of a waste since they took up so much room in the restaurants, what with the chairs, trying to establish walking paths for the servers, etc.

Seating eight? Gonna be one big table…

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#5 posted 03-08-2018 09:10 PM

I wonder if your mother-in-law-to-be would buy in to the idea of a smaller round table for day-to-day use and use a leaf or two to expand it to a large oval when she needs to seat 8? I know that doesn’t directly address the height issue. However, a smaller table can be made more stable and if the base is made to split when the table is expanded, your problem could be solved that way.

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