The vast majority of table bases specified for hospitality environments are pedestal bases, for the following good
• Pedestal bases are available in a very wide range of styles, sizes, materials, and finishes.
• Pedestal bases do not obstruct diners’ chairs in the way that conventional legs can.
• Pedestal bases tend to be unobtrusive.
• Pedestal bases are good value.
• Pedestal bases are more flexible, if tables are pushed together, for instance, diners can sit all around the combined table - there are no legs in the way.
• Pedestal bases are easier to move around without damage. Dragging a 4 legged base causes damage and eventually loss of the trailing leg.
Pedestal bases consist of a base plate, a column and a ‘spider’ which is fixed to the underside of the tabletop.
PEDESTAL BASE SIZES
Pedestal base sizes must compliment table tops and vitally be big enough to be stable. Heavier tops require wider bases. Further, rectangular or oval tops require similar shape bases (some have twin pedestals). Note that some solid (round or square) base plates do not fit between the legs of some chairs, making them less easy to fully push into the table.
PEDESTAL BASE FINISHES
Pedestal bases are mainly metal and are either left natural (for aluminium, stainless and cast iron, for example) or powder-coated with paint.
Most of the bases we sell are powder-coated, usually black, simply because this is perceived to be a discreet solution - the bases do not stand-out and interfere with the appeal of the chairs and table tops. Powder-coating creates a hard finish that is tougher than traditional paint. Chrome is also popular finish too, sometimes a matt chrome finish.
All table base finishes can become worn on their sharper edges, by regular contact with footwear.
PEDESTAL BASES FOR OUTDOORS
Many pedestal bases are suitable for exterior use too (many are not, or need to be made more resilient).
Aluminium, stainless steel of a good quality and cast iron can all be weather-resistant. Outdoor table bases should be weighty, to resist being blown over (Good European bases weight around 20kg, with Asian alternatives often around 12kg).
WOODEN PEDESTAL BASES
Wooden table bases are available, usually with fairly basic design appropriate for traditional pub interiors, although more sophisticated, turned bases are also obtainable.
Wobbly tables are caused by one or more of the following:
• The top is not fixed properly to the base
• The base is assembled incorrectly
• The table base has some flex in it (some budget options do!)
• Your floor is uneven
Of these, the last is probably most widespread and can be solved by
specifying a base with adjustable feet. There are also excellent & clever table
bases, such as the Stable Table, if the adjustable feet option is inappropriate.
BASEPLATE COLUMN SPIDER
SQUARE PEDESTAL TWIN BASE TURNED WOODEN PEDESTAL