Tables with Trestles Another general guideline is that the short sides of the table should have an overhang of 7 to 10 inches from the trestle leg. The base dimension remains the same whether the table top is 42" or 48" broad. The overhang on the 42" broad top will be approximately 7". The overhang on the 48" broad top will be around ten inches. The reason for this extra space is so that you can place items such as candles or plants inside the table frame without worrying about them hitting the underside of the table.
When choosing wood for your table, consider its appearance as well as its durability. If you want a table that will also be used for serving food, then choose a wood that is easy to work with while still having a sturdy look. Our tables are made of maple because of its durable nature and attractive red color, but if you want a more casual table, go with something lighter like pine or fir.
The overall length of your table should be a little longer than you need it to be so that you have enough room to comfortably sit at it. You should also take into account how long it will need to be to fit in your car. A table that is too long to fit in your trunk may not be useful or convenient. Finally, consider the amount of traffic that will be walking by your table. If you want people to feel comfortable approaching it, then make sure that it is taller than it is wide.
A table top's usual overhang is 1-1/2" to 2", as shown in the photographs above. Because this is bespoke furniture, we can allow a greater overhang if necessary, as shown in the table below. The overhang should not be so great that it creates a problem when storing or transporting the table.
An overhang is the amount of space beyond the edge of a table surface. This area is usually filled with holes for attaching legs or arms. The amount of overhang you need depends on how heavy your table will be used and where it will be placed. If you need more than what is recommended here, give us a call and we can discuss options.
Overhanging a table reduces its weight-bearing capacity, so it's best avoided if possible. However, if this is done intentionally (e.g., to create an aesthetic effect), the overhang should be no greater than what is shown here.
The best way to determine how much overhang you need is by measuring the maximum width of whatever it is you plan to put under the table. For example, if you plan to store books under your bookcase, the bookcase should be wide enough to fit underneath the table without hitting the edges. You can then calculate the required overhang by subtracting this measurement from the total length needed for the table.
We recommend a 20-cm overhang on each side of your table, so add at least 40 cm to the width and length of your table to account for the overhang. For a lovely, crisp finish, you want your tablecloth to drape over the sides of your table. If it hangs down too far, it'll get in the way when you're setting the table.
The overhang is the space beyond the edge of the table where the cloth extends. This area must be cleared of anything that could fall into the gap such as dishes, cups, and utensils. If there are any obstacles in this area, then they need to be removed or moved before you cover the table. This prevents accidents from happening due to objects being in the way.
Some people like their tablecloths to hang almost to the ground, while others prefer them to be more upright. What looks nice depends on the atmosphere you want to create and your personal style. As long as it doesn't hit people on the head when they walk by your table, go with what feels right for you and your dinner party.
Overhanging tablescapes are common when hosting outdoor parties because it helps keep insects out of your food. The overhang also provides some protection from the sun if you're going for an al fresco dining experience!