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Kitchen Furniture Buying Guide

Selecting furniture for a kitchen can be a once-in-a-lifetime event, so when it occurs, itís mighty important. Picking timeless, good-quality cabinets and countertops at the get-go means the pieces will last ages. 

Types of Kitchen Furniture

Types of Kitchen Furniture

Furniture for a kitchen falls into two categories: installed and uninstalled. The cabinets and countertops are installed. Items like bakerís racks and tables fall into the uninstalled category. In separate buying guides, we delve deeply into information to help you buy individual items such as bakerís racks, barstools, cabinets, countertops, islands, and tables. But for now, this overview will help you think comprehensively about furnishing your kitchen.

Bakerís Racks

These ornamental open-shelving units resemble the racks bakers use for cooling pastries. Meant to be pushed against a wall, the racks provide handy, accessible storage for kitchenware and cookbooks.

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Panacea
$229.99 $289.99
at BestNest.com

Panacea Products 89197 Add dramatic and functional shelving to your garden, home, or work space with the Panacea Baker's Rack Plan...t Stand. Ornate scrolls around the sides and top of the stand bring a timeless appeal to the item, complemented by the antiq read more

Boraam Industries Inc
$87.99
at Target

Find buffets, servers, carts and bakers racks at Target.com! The valencia baker rack storage unit has 5 shelves that provide plent...y of space for organizing your kitchen essentials such as pans, dishes, bakeware and dinnerware. It's made from solid... read more

Ballard Designs

Coordinates with our Ceylon Teak Outdoor Collection. Teak suitable for outdoor use. Assembly required. Use of an outdoor furniture... cover is recommended to extend the life of your piece. With its refined, hand-carved details, our Ceylon Baker's Rack captures the relaxed elegance of classic British Colonial style. The Baker's Rack has three slatted shelves for display, storage and serving buffet style. It's also great for holding towels by the pool. Two-door cabinet offers generous storage beneath. Crafted of naturally strong and resilient grade A teak to resist the elements. If left untreated, teak finish will develop into a warm silvery gray patina over time.Ceylon Baker's Rack Features: . . . . read more

Barstools

These high individual seating spots tuck under any high eating surface in the kitchen, including peninsulas, islands, and bars.

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LumiSource
$107.99
at Target

Find furniture standalone seating at Target.com! Lumisource pino barstool

Safavieh
$208.99
at Target

Find furniture standalone seating at Target.com! Safavieh 37.4" barstool

LumiSource
$109.99
at Target

Find furniture standalone seating at Target.com! Lumisource barstool

LumiSource
$119.99
at Target

Find furniture standalone seating at Target.com! Lumisource spago barstool

Bistro Table Sets

Deriving its name from casual cafťs, a bistro table offers a dining spot for two people.

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Winsome Trading
$209.99
at Target

Find table sets at Target.com! This dining table set with 2 swivel chairs is the perfect addition to your sunroom or game room. Th...e round dining table and swivel chairs have sturdy metal bases and melamine frames. The seats are upholstered in faux... read more

Home Source Industries
$156.99 $183.99
at Target

Find table sets at Target.com! Dine, drink and entertain with this stylish, sleek bistro table set. The metal frames of the table ...and chairs are durable, and the bronze finish goes with any style of dcor. Plus, the padded, upholstered seats are... read more

Safavieh

Raise the bar for fashion in the kitchen or family room with the airy look and clean silhouette of the Akito counter stool. †A com...fy channel-quilted seat of black†PU leather rests atop a whisper thin A-line frame of iron supported by sturdy crossbars.... read more

Rooms To Go

The Mango dining room has a classic style that creates a warm gathering place for family and friends. It features a counter height... trestle table that extends to 96 inches to accommodate extra guests and upholstered stools in green colored faux leather.... read more

Carts

Kitchen carts combine storage with a counter-height surface for food preparation. The carts are sometimes used as islands in the center of a kitchen, though they can also stand against a wall. A true kitchen cart has casters to make it easily movable.

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Linon
$104.99
at Target

Find buffets, servers, carts and bakers racks at Target.com! Expand your kitchen workspace with this wenge finish work island feat...uring an elegant granite top. the cart is complete with chrome finished hardware, a slide out wire storage basket, one... read more

Linon
$169.99
at Target

Find buffets, servers, carts and bakers racks at Target.com! This natural-colored kitchen cart can easily mesh with any kitchen dc...or. The bamboo construction and chrome finish gives it a functional look, while the the wheels make it easy to place it... read more

Home Styles
$275.99
at Target

Find buffets, servers, carts and bakers racks at Target.com! Combine function and style with this sturdy rubberwood cart. Featurin...g a durable granite top, this is the perfect surface for food preparation. The cabinets and drawers provide extra storage... read more

Crosley
$299.99
at Target

Find buffets, servers, carts and bakers racks at Target.com! Relish in the joys of serving family and friends with a crosley grani...te top portable kitchen cart. Fully equipped, this beautifully crafted hardwood serving cart has a deep pullout drawer for... read more

Kitchen Cabinets

A kitchen space needs at least a few cabinets, which are essentially furniture-style boxes constructed of wood or particleboard. Placed side by side under a countertop or affixed to the wall above the counter, cabinets typically contain adjustable shelves and feature swinging doors on their fronts. Any number of additional storage options are available. Most people refer to drawers, spice cupboards, and microwave shelves as cabinets, because the umbrella term refers to any built-in kitchen storage constructed of the same material and finish.

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Hickory Hardware

HickoryHardware Country Kitchen Cabinet Arch Pull Features: -Zinc construction.-Country Kitchen collection.-Silver finish.-Product... Style: Arch pull.-Style: Contemporary.-Theme: .-Collection: Country Kitchen.-Finish: Silver.-Distressed: No.-Primary... read more

La Fuente Imports
$341.10 $379.00
at La Fuente Imports

If you have a narrow spot in your home and need more storage, this rustic Mexican cabinet is the ideal solution. With two large gl...ass-fronted cabinets, one on the bottom and one on the top with a single shelf in each, this kitchen unit is perfect for storing your cookbooks, china or spices. With a single center drawer, you can also store kitchen utensils or kitchen knick-knacks. A cost-effective and beautiful cabinet, this unit is perfect for your storage needs. Mexican Rustic Pine Kitchen Cabinet. 20W x 69H x 15D. Pine Rustic Pine Collection. New. read more

Collections Etc

Hummingbird drawer pulls are an easy way to add a new look to your cabinets or drawers. Carefully crafted with hand-painted detail...s, this set of 10 drawer pulls installs easily. Hardware included. Resin, iron. 3"L x 1 3/4"W x 2 3/4"H. read more

Collections Etc

Dress up your kitchen for the holidays with these bright and colorful poinsettia drawer pulls. Set of 10 hand-painted pulls featur...e red blossoms with yellow centers and greenery. Pulls are easy to install on drawers and cabinets with the hardware... read more

Kitchen Countertops

The food prep surface in a kitchen is typically the countertop. The hard, durable, and cleanable material sits atop the kitchenís base cabinets. The counter may also serve as an eating surface.

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Kitchen Islands

A kitchen island, a counter-height storage piece, sits or floats in the middle of the room. It may be built into place and consist of cabinets and a countertop that match the other installed furniture. Or it may be a rolling cart made from materials different from the cabinetry. The island provides a food prep or eating area in a handy spot. It may facilitate the work triangle, the efficient work zone that includes the sink, refrigerator, and cooktop.

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Crosley
$377.99
at Target

Find buffets, servers, carts and bakers racks at Target.com! Constructed of solid hardwood and wood veneers, this kitchen island i...s designed for longevity. the beautiful raised panel doors and drawer fronts provide the ultimate in style to dress up... read more

Crosley
$449.99
at Target

Find buffets, servers, carts and bakers racks at Target.com! Constructed of solid hardwood and wood veneers, this kitchen island i...s designed for longevity. the beautiful raised panel doors and drawer fronts provide the ultimate in style to dress up... read more

Winsome Trading
$90.99
at Target

Find standalone tables at Target.com! This contemporary table adds counter or entertaining space to your kitchen. The espresso fin...ish looks good with any decor and the modern chrome accents add an elegant touch. This sturdy table is the perfect... read more

Crosley
$713.99
at Target

Find buffets, servers, carts and bakers racks at Target.com! Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, ...so do it right with the help of a crosley drop leaf breakfast bar kitchen island. Handsomely equipped, this sturdy... read more

Kitchen Tables

Dining options in a kitchen include a freestanding kitchen table. If you want something larger than a two-person bistro table, a regular kitchen table seats four or more. It may be accompanied by separate chairs or built-in benches.

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Hooker Furniture
$1,678.00 $2,637.00
at Cymax

Hooker Furniture - Dining Tables - 300275213 - Through the Sanctuary Collection, you can create a sanctuary in your own home, a tr...anquil space that exudes a peaceful calm and grace, almost like a weekend retreat. When you walk into your home at the end of that long day, you will be delighted and your spirit will be renewedMaterials: Hardwood solids and oak veneers with resinDune finishPedestalSpecifications:Overall product dimensions: 30 H x 52.375 W x 54 DOverall product weight: 232 lbs. read more

Hillsdale Furniture
$2,659.00 $3,669.00
at Cymax

Hillsdale - Dining Sets - 4904DTBL9 - With its cosmopolitan flair and hint of the antique, the Grandover Collection brings eleganc...e and grace to the dining room. Boasting a rich dark cherry finish, the rectangular trestle table can comfortably seat ten people. 5 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (4) Side Chairs7 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (4) Side Chairs, (2) Arm Chairs9 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (6) Side Chairs, (2) Arm ChairsFinish: Dark CherryLarge extension rectangular trestle table with 14 inch leafSeats up to 10Beige colored seat coveringSpecifications:Table Dimensions: 30H x 95W x 44D, with Leaf 109WTable Weight: 303.5 lbsSide Chair Dimensions: 41.25H x 23.25W x 22.5DWeight: 24.5 lbs eachArm Chair Dimensions: 41.25H x 23.25W x 24.52DWeight: 27 lbs each read more

Hillsdale Furniture
$2,259.00 $3,269.00
at Cymax

Hillsdale - Dining Sets - 4904DTBL7 - With its cosmopolitan flair and hint of the antique, the Grandover Collection brings eleganc...e and grace to the dining room. Boasting a rich dark cherry finish, the rectangular trestle table can comfortably seat ten people. 5 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (4) Side Chairs7 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (4) Side Chairs, (2) Arm Chairs9 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (6) Side Chairs, (2) Arm ChairsFinish: Dark CherryLarge extension rectangular trestle table with 14 inch leafSeats up to 10Beige colored seat coveringSpecifications:Table Dimensions: 30H x 95W x 44D, with Leaf 109WTable Weight: 303.5 lbsSide Chair Dimensions: 41.25H x 23.25W x 22.5DWeight: 24.5 lbs eachArm Chair Dimensions: 41.25H x 23.25W x 24.52DWeight: 27 lbs each read more

Hillsdale Furniture
$1,869.00 $2,879.00
at Cymax

Hillsdale - Dining Sets - 4904DTBLX - With its cosmopolitan flair and hint of the antique, the Grandover Collection brings eleganc...e and grace to the dining room. Boasting a rich dark cherry finish, the rectangular trestle table can comfortably seat ten people. 5 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (4) Side Chairs7 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (4) Side Chairs, (2) Arm Chairs9 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (6) Side Chairs, (2) Arm ChairsFinish: Dark CherryLarge extension rectangular trestle table with 14 inch leafSeats up to 10Beige colored seat coveringSpecifications:Table Dimensions: 30H x 95W x 44D, with Leaf 109WTable Weight: 303.5 lbsSide Chair Dimensions: 41.25H x 23.25W x 22.5DWeight: 24.5 lbs eachArm Chair Dimensions: 41.25H x 23.25W x 24.52DWeight: 27 lbs each read more

Product Features

Product Features

Here are some kitchen furniture features to review:

Bakerís Racks

A metal framework supports the metal or wood shelves of a bakerís rack. The open back and sides historically allowed air to circulate around cooling baked goods. Typically a deeper middle shelf serves as a work surface. In fact, the entire lower half may have deeper shelves.

Barstools

A stool meant for counter seating will be between 23 and 28 inches tall. For bar seating, a stool sits between 29 and 32 inches tall. Some stools have seat backs and rungs strung between the legs for use as footrests. Some barstools adjust to different heights.

Bistro Table Sets

Designed initially for the restaurant industry, a bistro table provides a small seating spot for two people, making it ideal for a small kitchen. The table surface, about 24 inches in diameter, offers space for two place settings. Most bistro tables sit on a pedestal base, so diners tuck closely together.

Carts

Kitchen carts range widely in size, material, and functionality. Carts with drop leaves let you extend the table/prep surface. Some carts hold base cabinets with doors, whereas others contain open shelves. The tops may be natural stone, laminate, or butcher block.

Kitchen Cabinets

Manufacturers offer a wide variety of cabinets and a smaller selection of door styles and finishes such as medium oak and white. Once you settle on the look of the cabinets, you can choose inner compartments designed to house pots and pans, dishware, glassware, utensils, and other items. Because cabinets require precision and are costly to redo, companies want you to use a professional kitchen designer to measure your space and choose appropriate cabinets.

Kitchen Countertops

Each countertop material possesses its own characteristics for looks, food prep, and cleanability, and the variations and cost differences are considerable. Laminate counters, for example, donít resist heat but easily wipe clean and require no sealing. Butcher-block counters provide excellent cutting surfaces but need to be oiled periodically. Granite counters look elegant and resist heat from pots and pans, but usually require a special cleaner to maintain their shine.

Kitchen Islands

An island keeps traffic flowing easily through a kitchen while providing additional counter space. To be a true kitchen island, a storage/table surface must sit in the middle of the kitchen. It also must be counter-height, though it may include table- or bar-height portions. Some islands are just a few inches in diameter, while others are large enough to contain appliances or sinks.

Kitchen Tables

Because it typically gets daily use, a kitchen table is more casual than a table you put in your dining room. Kitchen tables seat just two people, or as many as 12, depending on the size of the kitchen and household. You can buy kitchen tables individually or as sets with matching chairs or benches. Some kitchen tables have distinct features, such as built-in lazy Susans in the center, banquette seating, or an unusual surface material, such as glass.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

As you shop, keep in mind these aspects about kitchen furniture:

Bakerís Racks

Bakerís racks sit against walls, so measure to make sure you have enough wall space for one. Also keep in mind that the racks feature open storage, so stored items remain in view and tend to get dusty.

Barstools

These high seating options come in handy whether or not you have a bar or countertop eating space in your kitchen. If you want to rest while you mix up cookie dough or if you have mobility issues, you may want a barstool as a perch. Make sure the stool material easily wipes clean. If you have small children, you may want adjustable-height stools with seat backs and arms so you can boost children closer to the counter and keep them from tipping off.

Bistro Table Sets

If youíre considering a bistro set, you likely fall short on space. Choose a table thatís as small as possible that will still provide comfortable seating when you peruse the paper in the morning. If you plan to dine with another person, check that two dinner plates fit on the table.

Carts

The handiest aspect of a kitchen cart is its maneuverability. You can pull it up to a work area when needed and push it away when itís not. Buy a cart with large, sturdy wheels that lock in place. If the wheels donít lock, the cart may slide away when you hack at vegetables or whisk whipping cream.

Kitchen Cabinets

The size of your space and your budget mainly determine the basic kitchen cabinets you purchase. Once the base cabinets are chosen, take time to pick out storage components that suit your specific needs. Do you like to bake? You may want a cabinet with a pull-up shelf for your electric mixer and another cabinet with slots for baking sheets. Do you have loads of pots and pans? Consider where the lids will go; look for a special compartment for them. Inventory your kitchenware (including amounts and sizes), add items from your wish list, and talk over your needs with a kitchen designer.

Kitchen Countertops

After cabinets, countertops require the next largest amount of your kitchen design budget. The least expensive countertops feature a veneer of laminate, stainless steel, or granite over a low-cost base. The most expensive countertop materials consist of a solid slab of natural stone, quartz composite, and solid-surfacing. Costs increase according to square footage and specialty details, such as shapely carved edges.

Kitchen Islands

Many people make mistakes of scale in choosing a kitchen island. Either they pick one that is too small that wonít let them perform necessary tasks, such as chopping or serving, or they pick one that is too large that eats up precious floor space and becomes an obstacle. Before you purchase a freestanding island, tape its measurements on the kitchen floor. Then walk around the taped-off area for several days or even weeks to help determine if youíve picked an island that suits your space.

Kitchen Tables

Since it gets used every day and often several times a day, a kitchen table needs to be durable and cleanable. Choose a surface that withstands scratches from plates and utensils and requires no special cleaner or cleaning method. Then evaluate your daily routine and select a table accordingly: If you will place hot dishes on the table, you may want a heat-resistant surface. If friends come over after school for snacks, bench seating allows for extra people.

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Panacea
$229.99 $289.99
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Panacea Products 89197 Add dramatic and functional shelving to your garden, home, or work space with the Panacea Baker's Rack Plan...t Stand. Ornate scrolls around the sides and top of the stand bring a timeless appeal to the item, complemented by the antiq read more

Panacea Baker's Rack Plant Stand, Bronze, 75"H, 89197
Hooker Furniture
$1,678.00 $2,637.00
at Cymax

Hooker Furniture - Dining Tables - 300275213 - Through the Sanctuary Collection, you can create a sanctuary in your own home, a tr...anquil space that exudes a peaceful calm and grace, almost like a weekend retreat. When you walk into your home at the end of that long day, you will be delighted and your spirit will be renewedMaterials: Hardwood solids and oak veneers with resinDune finishPedestalSpecifications:Overall product dimensions: 30 H x 52.375 W x 54 DOverall product weight: 232 lbs. read more

Sanctuary Pedestal Dining Table in Dune - 3002-75213
Hillsdale Furniture
$2,659.00 $3,669.00
at Cymax

Hillsdale - Dining Sets - 4904DTBL9 - With its cosmopolitan flair and hint of the antique, the Grandover Collection brings eleganc...e and grace to the dining room. Boasting a rich dark cherry finish, the rectangular trestle table can comfortably seat ten people. 5 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (4) Side Chairs7 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (4) Side Chairs, (2) Arm Chairs9 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (6) Side Chairs, (2) Arm ChairsFinish: Dark CherryLarge extension rectangular trestle table with 14 inch leafSeats up to 10Beige colored seat coveringSpecifications:Table Dimensions: 30H x 95W x 44D, with Leaf 109WTable Weight: 303.5 lbsSide Chair Dimensions: 41.25H x 23.25W x 22.5DWeight: 24.5 lbs eachArm Chair Dimensions: 41.25H x 23.25W x 24.52DWeight: 27 lbs each read more

Grandover Large Table Dining Set in Dark Cherry-9 Piece Set - 4904DTBL9
Hillsdale Furniture
$2,259.00 $3,269.00
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Hillsdale - Dining Sets - 4904DTBL7 - With its cosmopolitan flair and hint of the antique, the Grandover Collection brings eleganc...e and grace to the dining room. Boasting a rich dark cherry finish, the rectangular trestle table can comfortably seat ten people. 5 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (4) Side Chairs7 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (4) Side Chairs, (2) Arm Chairs9 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (6) Side Chairs, (2) Arm ChairsFinish: Dark CherryLarge extension rectangular trestle table with 14 inch leafSeats up to 10Beige colored seat coveringSpecifications:Table Dimensions: 30H x 95W x 44D, with Leaf 109WTable Weight: 303.5 lbsSide Chair Dimensions: 41.25H x 23.25W x 22.5DWeight: 24.5 lbs eachArm Chair Dimensions: 41.25H x 23.25W x 24.52DWeight: 27 lbs each read more

Grandover Large Table Dining Set in Dark Cherry-7 Piece Set - 4904DTBL7
Hillsdale Furniture
$1,869.00 $2,879.00
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Hillsdale - Dining Sets - 4904DTBLX - With its cosmopolitan flair and hint of the antique, the Grandover Collection brings eleganc...e and grace to the dining room. Boasting a rich dark cherry finish, the rectangular trestle table can comfortably seat ten people. 5 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (4) Side Chairs7 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (4) Side Chairs, (2) Arm Chairs9 Piece Set Includes: (1) Table, (6) Side Chairs, (2) Arm ChairsFinish: Dark CherryLarge extension rectangular trestle table with 14 inch leafSeats up to 10Beige colored seat coveringSpecifications:Table Dimensions: 30H x 95W x 44D, with Leaf 109WTable Weight: 303.5 lbsSide Chair Dimensions: 41.25H x 23.25W x 22.5DWeight: 24.5 lbs eachArm Chair Dimensions: 41.25H x 23.25W x 24.52DWeight: 27 lbs each read more

Grandover Large Table Dining Set in Dark Cherry - 4904DTBLX
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Hummingbird drawer pulls are an easy way to add a new look to your cabinets or drawers. Carefully crafted with hand-painted detail...s, this set of 10 drawer pulls installs easily. Hardware included. Resin, iron. 3"L x 1 3/4"W x 2 3/4"H. read more

Hummingbird Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Pulls - Set Of 10
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Dress up your kitchen for the holidays with these bright and colorful poinsettia drawer pulls. Set of 10 hand-painted pulls featur...e red blossoms with yellow centers and greenery. Pulls are easy to install on drawers and cabinets with the hardware... read more

Red Poinsettia Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Pulls- Set Of 10
Collections Etc
$11.97 $14.99
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Complete set includes 10 delightful grape drawer pulls. Each is carefully crafted with the look of grapes on the vine, and they in...clude hardware for easy installation. Polyresin. Each approximately 2 1/2"L. read more

Vineyard Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Pulls, 10Pc
Collections Etc
$11.97 $14.99
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These delightful coffee-themed pulls are an easy way to dress up your kitchen dcor. Perfect for any coffee lover, they re carefull...y crafted with hand-painted details. Complete set of 10 pulls install easily with hardware included. Resin, iron. Approx.... read more

Kitchen Cabinet Coffee Drawer Pulls - Set Of 10
LexMod
$466.75 $927.75
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Laurel Dining Table in Walnut - Laurel was designed for dining rooms or kitchens in need of a dash of something rustic. Compliment... organically designed rooms, cottages and other neutral decors, with a table that lends itself to uncomplicated modes of expression. Laurel is topped with a medium density fiberboard coated in ash veneer, while the three tapered leg base is made of solid ash wood. Laurel is a homestead piece that extends just beyond the provincial look for a table that is both refined and gently progressive. Set Includes:One - Laurel Dining Table, Features:Natural dining or kitchen table Medium density fiberboard Ash veneer on top Solid ash wood legs Assembly Required, Product Dimensions:Overall Product Dimensions: 47L x 47W x 29H Table Top Thickness: 1 Overall Product Dimensions: 47L x 47W x 29H Table Top Thickness: 1H - Mid Century Modern Furniture. read more

Laurel Dining Table in Walnut LexMod
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