Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Storing Your Leaf

My wife and I were discussing a few days ago about redoing our bedroom. I kind of like a modern look like Design Happens shows in a recent blog while my wife is looking for more of a classic rich look with dark wood. So you may be wondering what all this has to do with the title "Storing Your Leaf." Time and again I have discussed with customers the frustration of pulling out a leaf for their table and it doesn't fit like it did when it was new. I was reminded of this the other day when I saw our leaf lying under our bed. Wood is a living (kind of) breathing material, it expands and contracts. If a leaf is stored in a basement or garage it will have more or less moisture than your table. Likewise, it can and will bow if it is stored on its end in a closet. The best way to store a leaf is FLAT under a bed. Some tables have self-storing leaves, this eliminates the issue altogether.
So no matter what bedroom suit we choose, one thing that will be constant, the leaf for our dining room table will be beneath the bed, like it should.

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