One of the questions we get asked regularly by customers looking to find the perfect dining set is “what is a butterfly leaf dining table?”. The following guide looks at where this style of dining table gets its name from, its main benefits, and the top butterfly leaf dining tables from the IOL collection. Let’s start by answering our initial question of “what is a butterfly leaf dining table?”.

This style of dining table isn’t called “butterfly” without reason. A butterfly leaf dining table consists of a hidden section at the centre or end of the table, containing a leaf that folds out to extend the table when required. It is called a “butterfly” leaf dining table, as the leaves fold out like butterfly wings to create more table space. Some leaves will be removed from the table completely when not in use, whilst others will be integrated and concealed under the table discreetly. To extend the table, simply pull one end to create a gap where the leaf can be slid into place. Dining room tables with butterfly leaves are most commonly made of wood, as this is more accommodating for creating a separate leaf than metal or glass. 

What Are The Benefits of  Having A Butterfly Leaf Dining Table?

Now that we’ve established the answer to the question of “what is a butterfly leaf dining table”, you’re likely to be wondering what its main benefits are. These are just a few of the main advantages of owning this style of table:

Save On Space: Butterfly leaf mechanisms are a particularly practical option for maximising space in small homes by providing you with a compact dining table that can be easily extended to accommodate more guests when needed. This prevents the need to use up precious dining space by installing a large non-extendable dining table that can be clunky and impractical in small spaces. 

Easy To Use: A butterfly leaf mechanism is incredibly easy to use. The leaf is easily inserted into the centre or end of the table, secured and removed without any hassle. This makes it easy to accommodate more guests without needing to rearrange furniture and chairs.

Discreet: A butterfly leaf is a discreet way of adding length to a table without compromising the aesthetic. All butterfly leaf dining tables at IOL feature a corresponding extension leaf that exactly matches the same finish of the table itself. This ensures the extension is discreet and does not jeopardise the aesthetic. 

Butterfly Leaf Dining Tables From IOL

When discussing the question of “what is a butterfly leaf dining table”, it’s important to highlight where you can find one for yourself! Luckily, we have a diverse range of butterfly extending dining tables from IOL to suit different living spaces. A few of our favourite dining sets that include butterfly leaf extension are:

The Colonial Extending Dining Table

Beautifully classic, this dining room table with butterfly leaf is made from gorgeous mindy ash wood that’s been lightly distressed to reveal the natural grain of the wood. The table features an inbuilt central extension leaf that is easy-to-use and provides flexibility for accommodating different dining occasions. When extended, the table seats up to 10 people comfortably.

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Rural Round Extending Oak Dining Table 

A traditional design that’s crafted from hard-wearing oak veneer and a solid oak base, this extending dining table extends from 1.2m to 1.55m when required. The table is available in stylish slate grey or rural smokey oak to suit different home decor schemes. When purchased as a set, both dining tables come with matching dining chairs finished with comfortable cushions. 

banner showing rural round extending oak dining table and rural oak dining chair

The Bergen Round Extending Dining Table

A modern classic, the sleek Bergen Round Extending Dining Table is made from a combination of solid oak and veneers for practicality. The table is 1.1m when not extended and 1.65m when extended, capable of seating up to 6 people in comfort. Featuring a stylish washed finish, this is an effortless addition to both modern and vintage dining spaces.

banner of Bergen Round Extending Oak Dining Table Set

These are just a few of our favourite dining room tables with butterfly leaf extension.Be sure to check out the rest of the dining table range for further inspiration. Equally, if you have any further queries regarding the question of “what is a butterfly leaf dining table”, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.


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