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Kitchen Tables - Deciding What Kind is Right For You

The kitchen table is the activity center of the kitchen. Sure the stove gets a work out, but it is the table that sets the tone. To most people the words cheap and kitchen table would seem at opposite ends of the spectrum. After all "cheap" implies lacking in quality and a cheap table could be anything from a curbside discard to a rich find at a flea market. However, when it comes to furniture, price and quality are not necessarily synonymous. A cheap kitchen table can net you style and substance as well as endless decorating possibilities.

These tables can provide small intimate dining for two or the ultimate workplace for a crafter or even the place where the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle is worked. That single piece of furniture can turn an otherwise drab and boring kitchen into a place of warmth and class without breaking the bank. In a sagging economy a cheap kitchen table can be a much-appreciated find.

Table styles run the gambit from retro stainless steel tables to colorful throwbacks to kinder gentler times, Grandma's apple pie and family dinners, to sturdy well crafted wooden models. Some of the stainless steel tables still boast the hand painted enamel borders and working slide out leaves. Many have the silverware drawer still in place. They are durable and made with a wipe clean surface that is hard to damage. The metal surface is perfect for rolling out a pan of scratch butter cream biscuits or a pie crust. Add a few spring back kitchen chairs in varying colors or the matching vinyl upholstered retro chairs and you have the ideal eclectic dining set.

Added Value To Your Kitchen
Aside from the great price (free to little or nothing) a cheap kitchen table can become the signature focal point of your kitchen, especially in an older home. It can be a perfect companion to a wall hung porcelain country style sink or old wooden cabinets that reach the ceiling. Whatever the existing décor of the kitchen make sure the table can be realistically be worked in as part of the theme to avoid the white elephant effect.

All Purpose And Any Purpose Tables
Cheap or pricey the kitchen table must be functional. If you have an active family you will need a table that can withstand the wear and tear. If your tastes are more Victorian and your abode does not have a formal dining room an oval shaped wooden table placed under a ceiling fan and on an oval braided rug could give the kitchen just the right amount of ambiance. Those well-turned curved legs with a set of matching chairs set the stage for many deep discussions on the price of rice among captivated guests. If the kitchen is space-constrained, a drop leaf table is just the thing. Placed along side a short wall with a couple of chairs, a small drop leaf table can serve a workstation or telephone nook.

Author Jennifer Akre is an owner of a wide variety of online specialty shops that offer both items and information on how you can easily furnish and decorate your space. Whether it's your living, bedroom, or even your deck or patio, there are many tips you can use to make those spots both functional and beautiful. Today, she offers advice on how to create a fabulous living area by using a charming coffee table and eye catching accent tables in unique shapes.

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