We touched on the extending garden table in our last post, however, I wanted to look in a little more detail at our new range for summer 2015. I’d wanted to start this article with a little evolution of the extending table, but there’s very little info to be found. Here’s what I do know…
A Google search for the history of the extending dining table returned zero results, just lots of extending tables for sale from the likes of John Lewis, Next and Argos etc. You could definitely pick up an extending dining table as far back as the late 17th/early 18th century, where the popularity is illustrated by the number of antique pieces you see for sale.
Beautifully designed tables in rosewood, dark oak or walnut that required you to remove the central ‘leaf’ panels and then either push or wind to extend are not uncommon in the UK. These early 18th century pieces almost always utilised a telescopic timber sliding system that decreased in size so it would slide into the previous section. Perfect for the well-to-do who liked to entertain.
There were many patents for different types of extension systems by the end of the Victorian period, but by the Regency period most furniture makers had settled on the sliding bearer system described above.
There were a few exceptions to the norm such as the concertina action dining tables from Wilkinson of Moorfields, London such as this example sold at Bonhams.
Anyway, enough of our attempt at a history lesson and onto what’s important. The UK garden furniture market has seen a big shift to pieces that replicate furniture from inside the home, from outdoor sofa sets to garden coffee tables. Now it is our turn to develop the outdoor dining experience.
Extending tables have long been a mainstay of the British dining room, but now the garden furniture industry is placing them on the patio too. They’re the perfect solution if you want to save outdoor space, but still have a table that will provide extra seating when you have guests.
The Lazy Susan extending garden table collection
Brigitte 8 Seater 233cm x 101cm Rectangular Extending Garden Table
New for 2015, the stylish Brigitte extending table allows space for 6 people when retracted and up to 8 people when fully extended. When not extended the table is 172cm x 101cm, and when fully extended it measures 233cm x 101cm.
Deborah 12 Seater 305cm x 121cm Rectangular Extending Garden Table
Also new for 2015, the Deborah extending table allows space for 8 people when retracted and extends to accommodate up to 12 people. It measures 203cm x 121cm when not extended and a party-tastic 305cm x 121cm when extended
Isabelle 12 Seater 304cm x 121cm Rectangular Extending Garden Table
Another new addition, Isabelle allows space for 6 people when retracted and extends to accommodate up to 12 people. Isabelle is 203cm x 121cm when not extended and 304cm x 121cm when extended.
Jennifer 10 Seater 260cm x 112cm Rectangular Extending Garden Table
Jennifer was our first extending table. Launched in summer 2014, it has proved to be extremely popular both in the UK and overseas. It has space for 6 people when retracted and extends to accommodate up to 10 people. This table is 180cm x 112cm when not extended and 260cm x 112cm when extended.
Vanessa 10 Seater 260cm x111cm Rectangular Extending Garden Table
The Vanessa table is also new for 2015. With space for 6 people when retracted, it extends to accommodate up to 10 people. It measures 180cm x 111cm when not extended and 260cm x 111cm when opened up.
White Jennifer 10 seater 260cm x 112cm Rectangular Extending Garden Table
And last but not least we have the stunning white Jennifer, which as with the antique bronze table allows space for 6 people when retracted and extends to accommodate up to 10 people.
For the full specifications and pricing, please visit the Extension Tables section in our shop. Please make sure you also regularly check out the Clearance and Daily Deals sections for our site for the latest Lazy Susan promotions.