I Found the Perfect Pedestal Dining Table for My Apartment’s Uneven Floors
It. Doesn’t. Budge.
Published Dec 9, 2023 1:20 AM
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In the original Mad About You series from the ’90s, there’s a running joke about the uneven floors in the main couple’s living room. Every so often, Helen Hunt, who plays Jamie, mentions their floor’s decline while sliding one foot forward and almost landing in the splits. In my case, it’s funny because it’s true. Welcome to my 120-year-old brownstone floors. I am Jamie. Jamie is me.
When my husband and I first moved in, we purchased a round dining table with a hollow metal pedestal that, depending on where it rested on our uneven floors, would send glasses shaking when you’d put your elbow down on the table. Typing on my laptop with anyone else at the table created a Morse code–like tapping on the floor. Still, we liked the central legs so that we could squeeze as many people around the table during game nights, and visually it was cleaner. We just needed something sturdier.
Eager for an upgrade, I spotted the Sundays Formation dining table, which fits up to five people and has a pedestal like our old table—score!—but with three solid oak columns and a wide steel base that looked like it wouldn’t budge, no matter our floor’s wonkiness. (There’s a single-column version, too.) The product description even used the word stable. That’s all I needed to hear; I was sold.
When it arrived via white-glove service—thankfully, given the table’s price tag and the fact that I’m on the second floor—I knew I had made the right choice. I was looking for “sturdy,” and I got “Honey, come here and help me move this.” The wide base doesn’t allow for any movement, no matter how many elbows hit the surface, something we were able to sufficiently test when my parents and sister came over for Thanksgiving this year.
It’s not just a workhorse—it’s beautiful! The color adds warmth to our bright white space, and it already feels like a forever cool heirloom piece that I’ll take from home to home. It’s grown-up. It looks good with every tablecloth I throw on top of it. (Sidebar: Why aren’t there more round tablecloths?) But most of all, it is a solid design decision. Jamie would be proud.