I've had my aldridge dining table (in the gray finish) from Home Decorators Collection (owned by Home Depot) since October-ish of last year. I snagged the table when it was on sale with free shipping during Labor Day 2014, plus I stacked a coupon code on top of it AND I checked out using Ebates to get a percentage back on my purchase. All in, I think I ended up paying between $700-$800 with tax. Not too bad for such a gorgeous table.
Chances are you're looking to upgrade your dining table in time for the upcoming holidays, so I hope this review helps you make an informed decision.
I didn't choose my dining table easily...I debated for over a year and scoured the web, stores and catalogs to find a Restoration Hardware inspired table for a WAY lower price. I found a lot that had the beefy style, but lacked in quality. I found some that were great quality, but in the wrong color/finish.
For me, the aldridge dining table was the happy medium of everything I wanted-- beefy, antique gray finish, weathered/rustic, glamorous, durable, and most importantly, affordable.
The Restoration Hardware tables always felt like they were unfinished or unsealed to me. They had a chalky finish which I thought would be a nightmare for things like red wine or spaghetti sauce. It felt as if it would be absorb any stain or liquid, and I wanted none of it. I wanted a table that could withstand crazy game nights, Thanksgiving feasts, arts and crafts, and Sunday brunches.
In some of the reviews on the Home Decorators site they complain about the finish feeling/looking like plastic. I'd respectfully disagree. To me it looks like a table that's been properly sealed to ensure a lasting finish and protection from food/drink. It's not shiny, but it's not matte. It's a satin finish. There is a lot of texture to the table, which Daniel doesn't love, but it feels just right to me. Dings and scratches would just add to the character, so it's perfect for kids.
The leaf in the center is SO EASY to open, and I love that it's self containing. No need to store boards or extensions. There's a visible crease, and no the table (with or without the leaf) isn't seamless when it's all opened. However, I usually have runners and a tablescape on there, so for me it's a non-issue.
Assembly was straight forward, but it did require my awesome father-in-law to come help my husband flip it over. I'd safely say it'll take a minimum of two people to flip it over. It's heavy, sturdy, but oh so beautiful. The table comes in several boxes, and I recall getting 80% of it one day and then the other parts about 1-2 weeks later. Having to assemble it wasn't a deal breaker for us because we were thrilled to be able to get our heirloom quality table at such a bargain price.
My favorite part is the gorgeous trestle base. It instantly stands out and makes the table a total stunner (ignore my studio light in the background...I was multi-tasking).
The table with the leaf closed comfortably seats 6 using only the sides. If you add captain's chairs at the ends, I think the person would hit their knees on the base, but it depends on the chair and the person. We only have 6 chairs right now, and it's plenty roomy. With the leaf in, this table EASILY seats 8 (4 on each side) or 10 (4 on each side plus captain's chairs with plenty of room). Once the leaf is in, the ends extend further out creating more space for the captain's/head chairs.
Our chairs are from Overstock. This chair from World Market would also work, as would this one from Home Decorators. A matching bench would also look stunning and give a more casual look.
We give this table four out of five stars: we knocked off half a star for the crack/seam when the leaf is closed (it seems a tad too large- we wish it were smaller) and we knocked off another half for the ends not being too comfy when the leaf isn't out.
Hope this helps answer any questions about the table that you may have. Overall, we saved over $1,500 from the Restoration Hardware price, so the aldridge dining table from Home Decorators Collection is a BARGAIN and a luxe for less home run.
If you have any questions about this table, please leave a comment and I'll reply. :) Happy dining!