Monica Wants It: A Lifestyle Blog: Home Decorators Aldridge Dining Table Review

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Home Decorators Aldridge Dining Table Review

Want a Restoration Hardware style dining table? This blogger found the aldridge dining table that shaves $1500+ off the RH price. Full review and details at monicawantsit.com

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.

Want a Restoration Hardware style dining table? This blogger found the aldridge dining table that shaves $1500+ off the RH price. Full review and details at monicawantsit.com

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.

Aldridge dining table review: Restoration Hardware style for a lot less. Table seats 6-10 people.

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.

Aldridge dining table review: Restoration Hardware style for a lot less. Table seats 6-10 people.

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 aldridge dining table is about HALF the price of the comparable Restoration Hardware version. This blogger gives a full review of everything from the quality, finish, comfort and durability.

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 World Market, and we snagged them on clearance as they were being phased out. 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.

The aldridge dining table is about HALF the price of the comparable Restoration Hardware version. This blogger gives a full review of everything from the quality, finish, comfort and durability.

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!

19 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous table! We bought a navy leather Chesterfield sofa from Home Decorators/Home Depot last fall and have been very happy with the purchase.
    I hope you are enjoying every inch of summer.

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    1. I've been wanting a chesterfield FOREVER- such a timeless piece. Great choice. :)

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  2. Hi! I just tried to leave a comment, but I think I lost it so please forgive me if it does show up and this is redundant! Anyhow, I'm going to purchase this same table in the same finish probably late October/november or whenever there's a good sale since we won't be in our new house until early November (earliest). Since you're familiar with restoration hardware, do you think their chairs in the burnt oak finish will match this table? I need wood chairs vs upholstered because I have three little ones (but I love the chairs you went with! Maybe in 10 years for us haha!). If you don't think the burnt oak finish will work, do you have suggestions? Our floors will be dark dark brown, and our cabinets and island will be white.

    Thanks!!!

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  3. Oh and to follow up (you dont have to post this - I just thought I'd clarify) - I'm open to ALL suggestions - not just restoration hardware, as long as it's wood and spill friendly! Thank you!!

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  4. Hello, I love your table! Can you please tell me if you have had any staining issues from food? I've read a lot of reviews that say that the tale surface stains if something oily spills on it. I really want this table and am wondering if I should try to coat it prior to use to protect it. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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    1. Hi there! I haven't suffered any stain mishaps and I know I've spilled soda, white wine, gravy, mayo, etc. The finish seems durable, and I honestly don't even know how I'd go about sealing it if I wanted to because the finish is slightly glossy.

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  5. Hi There, I am considering this table. Now that you have had it for a while, are you still pleased? Any staining issues?? So hard to buy something that you can't see in person :). Thank you for any feedback.

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    1. Hi Kristin! No issues, no stains so far. I do not have kids though, which makes it easier for me to keep stuff looking nice around here. I love it even more than the day I bought it.

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  6. I see on the home decorators website that they make this same table in a smaller version without the split (no extension) but chairs can fit on the ends.

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  7. Thank you SO MUCH for the pictures - I have been looking at this table for a bit but I couldn't find any photos of the top of the table (DEALBREAKER for online purchases!) but you fixed my problem!

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  8. Apologies if this posts twice but thank you SO MUCH for these pictures! I have been looking at this table for a bit but couldn't find any top view photos of the table (DEALBREAKER for online purchases!) But you fixed my problem! So glad your blog popped up!

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  9. Thank you SO MUCH for the pictures - I have been looking at this table for a bit but I couldn't find any photos of the top of the table (DEALBREAKER for online purchases!) but you fixed my problem!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Monica, you have my dream dining room! Yours is just lovely. I just purchased the same aldridge table and we are in love with it too! I am having such hard time locating your chairs...would you happen to have record of the manufacturer or chair name from World Market? Or, another source where I may find them? Many thanks!

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  11. Good work on this post! I really like the way you delivered your qualitative facts and how you made this fascinating and effortless to realize. Thank you!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Is your table the smaller sized Aldridge table? I think I'm going to order the smaller one and wondering if 3 chairs will fit on each size. I decided to order it bc the pics of your table are so pretty!

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    1. Hi Sara! I have the extendable dining table, which is the biggest one. The leaf isn't in 90% of the time, but I don't think you'd fit 3 chairs comfortably in the 76" version unless you had really narrow chairs...you could *maybe* make it work. Good luck with your purchase and thanks for the nice comment! xo.

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  13. Hi Monica,

    I love your dining room table. I am unsure about purchasing a table without seeing and feeling it first. And we need to make the decision soon! I have read all the reviews and am worried about the staining because we have children. Since you have had the table for a while now any problems with staining? Thank you for posting pictures

    ReplyDelete

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Home Decorators Aldridge Dining Table Review

Want a Restoration Hardware style dining table? This blogger found the aldridge dining table that shaves $1500+ off the RH price. Full review and details at monicawantsit.com

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.

Want a Restoration Hardware style dining table? This blogger found the aldridge dining table that shaves $1500+ off the RH price. Full review and details at monicawantsit.com

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.

Aldridge dining table review: Restoration Hardware style for a lot less. Table seats 6-10 people.

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.

Aldridge dining table review: Restoration Hardware style for a lot less. Table seats 6-10 people.

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 aldridge dining table is about HALF the price of the comparable Restoration Hardware version. This blogger gives a full review of everything from the quality, finish, comfort and durability.

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 World Market, and we snagged them on clearance as they were being phased out. 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.

The aldridge dining table is about HALF the price of the comparable Restoration Hardware version. This blogger gives a full review of everything from the quality, finish, comfort and durability.

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!

19 comments :

  1. What a gorgeous table! We bought a navy leather Chesterfield sofa from Home Decorators/Home Depot last fall and have been very happy with the purchase.
    I hope you are enjoying every inch of summer.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've been wanting a chesterfield FOREVER- such a timeless piece. Great choice. :)

      Delete
  2. Hi! I just tried to leave a comment, but I think I lost it so please forgive me if it does show up and this is redundant! Anyhow, I'm going to purchase this same table in the same finish probably late October/november or whenever there's a good sale since we won't be in our new house until early November (earliest). Since you're familiar with restoration hardware, do you think their chairs in the burnt oak finish will match this table? I need wood chairs vs upholstered because I have three little ones (but I love the chairs you went with! Maybe in 10 years for us haha!). If you don't think the burnt oak finish will work, do you have suggestions? Our floors will be dark dark brown, and our cabinets and island will be white.

    Thanks!!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh and to follow up (you dont have to post this - I just thought I'd clarify) - I'm open to ALL suggestions - not just restoration hardware, as long as it's wood and spill friendly! Thank you!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hello, I love your table! Can you please tell me if you have had any staining issues from food? I've read a lot of reviews that say that the tale surface stains if something oily spills on it. I really want this table and am wondering if I should try to coat it prior to use to protect it. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi there! I haven't suffered any stain mishaps and I know I've spilled soda, white wine, gravy, mayo, etc. The finish seems durable, and I honestly don't even know how I'd go about sealing it if I wanted to because the finish is slightly glossy.

      Delete
  5. Hi There, I am considering this table. Now that you have had it for a while, are you still pleased? Any staining issues?? So hard to buy something that you can't see in person :). Thank you for any feedback.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Kristin! No issues, no stains so far. I do not have kids though, which makes it easier for me to keep stuff looking nice around here. I love it even more than the day I bought it.

      Delete
  6. I see on the home decorators website that they make this same table in a smaller version without the split (no extension) but chairs can fit on the ends.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thank you SO MUCH for the pictures - I have been looking at this table for a bit but I couldn't find any photos of the top of the table (DEALBREAKER for online purchases!) but you fixed my problem!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Apologies if this posts twice but thank you SO MUCH for these pictures! I have been looking at this table for a bit but couldn't find any top view photos of the table (DEALBREAKER for online purchases!) But you fixed my problem! So glad your blog popped up!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thank you SO MUCH for the pictures - I have been looking at this table for a bit but I couldn't find any photos of the top of the table (DEALBREAKER for online purchases!) but you fixed my problem!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Monica, you have my dream dining room! Yours is just lovely. I just purchased the same aldridge table and we are in love with it too! I am having such hard time locating your chairs...would you happen to have record of the manufacturer or chair name from World Market? Or, another source where I may find them? Many thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Good work on this post! I really like the way you delivered your qualitative facts and how you made this fascinating and effortless to realize. Thank you!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Is your table the smaller sized Aldridge table? I think I'm going to order the smaller one and wondering if 3 chairs will fit on each size. I decided to order it bc the pics of your table are so pretty!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Sara! I have the extendable dining table, which is the biggest one. The leaf isn't in 90% of the time, but I don't think you'd fit 3 chairs comfortably in the 76" version unless you had really narrow chairs...you could *maybe* make it work. Good luck with your purchase and thanks for the nice comment! xo.

      Delete
  13. Hi Monica,

    I love your dining room table. I am unsure about purchasing a table without seeing and feeling it first. And we need to make the decision soon! I have read all the reviews and am worried about the staining because we have children. Since you have had the table for a while now any problems with staining? Thank you for posting pictures

    ReplyDelete