A shabby chic dining table is often crafted out of solid pine, mango, or rubber wood in order to create an anchor piece of kitchen furniture that can last for decades. You'll find lots of options that showcase distinct design features on the four legs, such as cabriole or fluted legs, scrollwork, intricate moldings, or even carved medallions. There are some shabby chic dining tables that contain trestle-style or X-shaped bases with stone table tops as well. For most wood options, the knots of the wood are fully on display or there might be a two-toned look with the table top painted a different color than the base. Design expert Sheila Bridges suggests opting for a shabby chic dining table in a sandstone or antique grey finish that will fit seamlessly in neutral contemporary kitchens. Some tables may come with extension leaves to make the table longer for entertaining.
Interior designer Shawn Henderson recommends choosing a rectangular shabby chic dining table for larger kitchen spaces that easily accommodates eight people when you're hosting a dinner party. On average, rectangular shabby chic dining tables are anywhere from 55 to 75 inches in length with long table tops that typically sit on four legs. When these tables have extension leaves in them, they work well for large formal dining spaces and can usually sit up to 10 people. You will also find some round or oval-shaped shabby chic dining tables that often sit on pedestal bases that measure between 28 to 35 inches wide. This design works well in smaller kitchens. It depends on the structure of the dining chairs you choose to fit underneath, but most shabby chic dining tables sit between 30 to 35 inches off the ground.
Whether you opt for something new or a vintage piece, shabby chic dining tables make an inspired choice for those looking for longevity as they can always be stripped down and refurbished. There are lots of shabby chic dining tables that come with butterfly or self-storing extension leaves that allow you to change the length of your table if needed. Poonam Khanna suggests opting for a dining table with a special veneered top as it will add stain and water resistance which is ideal for families. If you're always looking for more storage space, choose a shabby chic dining table design with drawers, storage, or shelves built underneath the tabletop. There are also some styles available that come with matching chairs or benches to complete your entire kitchen look.