Mechanisms of extendable tables
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Mechanisms of extendable tables

Natalia Kolomiets

Published on April 29 2021

extendable solid oak round table

The ecological furniture of the "Oak-Store" guarantees high quality and durability in the authentic Nordic style. All furniture is made of solid wood of the following brands NordicStory and LoftStory, which have long-lasting comfort habits and give a high quality of life. The Extendable Dining Tables in our collection are made of elegant solid oak and meet the requirements, above all, of reliable safety in your home, thanks to noble materials and Scandinavian design. 

As we specialize in all types of oak furniture, we have various mechanisms of the Folding Tables. We help you find the table with the most reliable and comfortable mechanism, which best suits your requirements at home.

Before choosing an Extendable Dining Table, it is very important to evaluate and analyze the available space according to the required size.  

When making a purchase, measure the space in detail to calculate the size of the table you need. The extended length of the table should be taken into account. We advise you to leave at least 90 cm of extra space on each side of the table to place the set of dining chairs.

Types of Extendable Dining Table

First of all, let's take a look at the extension pieces on the table structure itself. You can choose according to different shapes of various design of the Extendable Dining Tables, but we also suggest you some options of the extension piece that are most commonly found in the market nowadays.


 Extension mechanism "Butterfly".

The "Butterfly" extension mechanism itself is very simple and convenient to use and is a top seller among all the most modern tables of its kind available today. It has been approved and is reliable. The table legs are fixed. To unfold the table, we move the table top and pull out our "Butterfly". With this mechanism the surface area becomes 30-40% larger. On two sides of the table, under the table top are the safety pins. These are two plastic levers that will prevent the table from opening for safety. The table comes assembled with the "Butterfly" mechanism from the factory. The customer will attach the legs, nothing else. 

As you can see, the design Extending Tables : Moby, Escandi3 , Escandi 2, France are assembled with the same type of "Butterfly" mechanism.


extendable dining table in oak wood

Extendable dining table "France



extendable table made of ecological and natural wood

Dining table "Escandi 3".


The Dining Table with the "Butterfly" extension mechanism is a quick, easy and above all comfortable and ideal way to accommodate as many guests as you wish, without taking up too much space and when you open it, more people can sit around it. The advantage of this swivel mechanism is the high speed of dismantling the table. Modern accessory and manufacturing technology allows customers to easily deploy the table, spending very little of their time, no more than a minute. The cleverly designed extension mechanism folds and rotates to fit inside the table, concealing itself when not in use. The interior rods that hold the extension are easy to use, as is the "Moby" Extending Table. Moby" Extending Table is more sturdy as a result. With the "Butterfly" extension mechanism you never have to worry about storing the extension leaves, as they fold easily into the top of the table.


extendable natural wood table

Extendable dining table "Moby".



Table with central extension

The extension mechanism of this type of table consists of making use of the central part of the table top that is stored in the lower part inside the table. It is a classic mechanism validated by many years of use. The table legs remain fixed. To extend the table top, the table top is moved and the center piece is placed. On two sides of the table, under the table top are the safety pins. These are two plastic levers that will prevent the table from opening for safety.

solid wood extendable table

Harold" extendable dining table


Being practical and flexible in use, the central extension leaf has the ability to double the amount of seats. The additional leaf is stored handy, under the table when not in use. Therefore, if you need additional dining space, place the center extension you will find inside the folding table. 


Sliding mechanism

The "Marsi" table is unique. To unfold it, we pull the legs that have wheels and are easy to move. Inside the table there is a sliding part that is fixed to the worktop. Made of solid wood, including the mechanism, which is reliable and unbreakable. It is ideal for small spaces, it can be placed next to a wall because it is not round.

table for small spaces

Extendable dining table "Marsi".


The clever design means that the table has no joints when you use it without extending it. The table legs are always at the corners of the table, even when the table is extended, so there is plenty of room under the table for chairs. One person can extend the table quickly and smoothly before guests arrive for a large party. The extra leaf is stored handy, under the table when not in use.


Swivel and folding mechanism

At Oak.Store we have only one table that has the swivel mechanism is "Mini 2" . Therefore, when unfolding it, the width of the table changes, while in other cases only the length of the table is extended. To unfold the table you have to turn the table top and open it as if it were a book. It is a peculiar table so the table top is not fixed with fasteners. Being a simple table, it is very fashionable. Turn the table 180 degrees to unfold its other part. It is technically very comfortable and easy to use, but its design is not sophisticated. Choose the best for you!


folding extendable dining table

Extendable dining table "Mini 2


Double top table 

The uniqueness of such an article is the simplicity of the mechanical components. When folded, the thickness of the table is almost doubled. To unfold it, it is more than enough to lift both wings by pulling sideways. The central part of the table top fits into the free space and is ready for use. The surface area of such a table is increased by almost 50%. It is possible to use only one of them or both. Our Mini 1" table made of solid wood, is unbreakable, elongated and narrow. It is ideal for narrow kitchens to be placed next to the wall.


eco-friendly natural wood dining table

Extendable dining table "Mini 1


Other Best Selling Oak Store Tables


L2 Dining Table

It is an exceptional product with the extension mechanism of the German brand Poetiker. To unfold the table, we gently move its table top to the side and pull out the sliding extension part. On two sides of the table, underneath the table top are the safety pins. These are two plastic levers that will prevent the table from opening for safety. The elegant feature of the table is that there are no joints in the middle in the folded position. At first glance it does not appear to be an extendable table, however it unfolds in 2 minutes.

rustic style dining table for 8 - 10 people

Extendable dining table "L2


XL Table

It is our flagship product. In this table the table top and legs move. It is a table with three extension leaves. Everything is stored inside. It does not require any extra storage space. It can be used in its closed format and/or with 1, 2 or all 3 leaves unfolded. In unfolded position the table has 4 legs; when the leaves are unfolded, 2 additional legs automatically come out from inside the main legs. The maximum length is 2 meters 80 cm. We call it a large family table. The mechanism of the German brand Poetiker moves smoothly thanks to the wheels on the legs.

 dining table in solid oak wood

Extendable dining table "XL


Dining table Mauritz 1

I doubted if our clients would like this type of table, but we were right. It is an exceptional table. The style is rustic: the legs are strong and sturdy. The mechanism is old style, possibly not as comfortable as the modern ones, and it also has a wooden accessory that is stored separately and is NOT STORED INSIDE THE TABLE. It is the only model that does not allow the extension leaf to be stored under the table. We know it's not entirely comfortable, but, at the same time, the table in the closed position looks beautiful and you can tell it is of exquisite quality and very sturdy. Massive legs and rustic design are in vogue in Spain. It includes an extension leaf, but the design allows installation from either side. The holes are closed with plugs that are uncovered when the extension leaf needs to be put in place.

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Extendable dining table "Mauritz 1".

Tips for Choosing an Extending Table


Before making a purchase, the following should be considered:

  • Measure the space. It is important to analyze the space available for a folded table and check how it will fit in with the interior design. If you choose the dimensions properly, the item can always be used in the assembled form and it is convenient to fold the table for the arrival of guests. And it is not worth it, to pay more a high price for a huge table top that will not be well enjoyed. 
  • Evaluate the functionality of the product. It is necessary to analyze whether the increased surface of the table top is sufficient for socializing with family and friends. You can also look for additional possibilities that are convenient in use, such as drawers for storing cutlery, small shelves for napkins and other small things. 
  • Check the quality of the materials and accessories from which the table is made. If the components are not reliable enough, the structure can quickly break down. Therefore, it is not necessary to chase low cost and spend money on short-lived products.

The more you think well about buying an extendable dining table, then the longer it will last, pleasing hosts and guests with the opportunity to have a good time at dinner parties and conversations at the table. For this very reason, the online store Oak.Store does everything possible, so that the customer can buy the best for his money. Do not hesitate to contact our sales representative, together with the professional sales manager can advise you in detail about each model of the article, as well as we are at your disposal to explain the advantages and disadvantages, give advice on how best to fit the furniture into the interior. Cooperation with us will make your home cozy and comfortable for everyday life!

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