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Old 08-20-2014, 01:54 PM
 
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Hi,
I am debating between getting a formal dining table from either Riverside Furniture, Universal Furniture, or ART Furniture. I've been shopping online because I can't find what I like in stores. Does anyone have any experience with these brands? Is it ok quality, decent, etc.? Please feel free to recommend different brands.
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:25 AM
 
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Riverside and Universal are OK. They are middle of the line brands. I'm not familiar with ART.

If you want solid construction (and solid wood) you may want to try resale and antique shops. The vast majority of mid range, mid priced manufacturers today use particle board, veneers, and glue much too liberally.

However, a dining room table is often not used all that much, so you may not NEED super high quality. It's not like you'll be tap dancing on it!
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:19 AM
 
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It depends on your style and budget. Shop smaller local stores and chains or check where vendors sell floor pieces after industry shows. Just because a specific model is not on a show room does not mean you cannot check out overall construction on what is there and custom order. Take your time. Use a cheap table with linens until you find what you really want. We ended up with a table for 12 and yes we tried the tap dancing while replacing the chandelier:>)
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:49 AM
 
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Riverside and Universal are OK. They are middle of the line brands. I'm not familiar with ART.

If you want solid construction (and solid wood) you may want to try resale and antique shops. The vast majority of mid range, mid priced manufacturers today use particle board, veneers, and glue much too liberally.

However, a dining room table is often not used all that much, so you may not NEED super high quality. It's not like you'll be tap dancing on it!
Thanks! I've noticed that as well. I'll visit an antique shop this weekend.
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:58 AM
 
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It depends on your style and budget. Shop smaller local stores and chains or check where vendors sell floor pieces after industry shows. Just because a specific model is not on a show room does not mean you cannot check out overall construction on what is there and custom order. Take your time. Use a cheap table with linens until you find what you really want. We ended up with a table for 12 and yes we tried the tap dancing while replacing the chandelier:>)
Lol we may tap dance on it. I finally saw an ART table that I liked in a store. We were able to see the quality. We like dark wood with linen chairs. Here's a picture of the table that we love (haven't seen one in person):
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:59 AM
 
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These are by ART
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Old 08-24-2014, 05:46 PM
 
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I didn't find a table at the antique stop, but I did find one at restoration hardware.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:34 PM
 
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I didn't find a table at the antique stop, but I did find one at restoration hardware.
We need pictures!
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:42 AM
 
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We need pictures!
Here's the table:


17th C. Monastery Dining Tables

Side chairs:

Vintage French Round Upholstered Side Chair

End chairs:

Vintage French Square Upholstered Armchair
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