by kama_s » Feb 25, 2011 We just bought a home and are currently furnishing it. I have never owned a solid wood dining table, so have a few questions for you ladies: 1- I asked this one already (link below), but didn't want to threadjack Zoe's thread too much. Do all of you use table pads? Do you use them when you have company over as well? Do you have a table cloth over the pad? Do you feel like the fabric takes away from the table? (https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/dining-table-do-you-keep-the-leaf-in.157078/) 2- How many chairs do you have in your dining set? I'm wondering if I should get a table that extends to 8 or 10. Currently, my immediate family rounds up to 8, with no kids. My 19 year old brother is also single. That said, my entire family is rarely together at the same time as they all live in different provinces/countries. Did any of you get a smaller table and regret it? Or the other way around? 3- Did you purchase your table from a store or have a wood maker custom make it? I'm thinking of going the second route, but the costs are quite insanely high. Wondering if it's worth it or if I should go ahead with something from C&B? I love Pottery Barn's tables - but have read they do not keep well at all. If any of you have any experience with PB tables, please do share. Thank you!! Edited for typos.