Canadel vs. Saloom
I'm writing this mainly to get ideas or observations that we might be overlooking. We're looking to buy a kitchen table, and have pretty much narrowed it down to one from Canadel or one from Saloom. The price is about the same, but there are several other differences. The main issues seem to be:
- The Canadel table is 40x60, then expands to a 60x60 square (then to 60x80). The Saloom starts as a 54x54 square then expands to 54x62 (then to 54x80).
- We would choose to get wooden seats on the Canadel set, and upholstered (with fabric treatment) on the Saloom set. Honestly, I think we find the Canadel chairs a bit more comfortable, and the Saloom ones a bit more stylish.
- Canadel's table is made from Birch, Saloom's from Maple.
- The Saloom furniture does seem to be somewhat better made, though we couldn't compare side-by-side.
This would be our regular, everyday table. We're a family of 3 (2 adults and a 4 year old) and want something practical for everyday use, but want the ability to expand the table quite a bit for guests. We want something durable that's going to last a while (the catalyzed varnish finishes are part of what led us to Canadel and Saloom).
I'd appreciate any advice or feedback, but here are some specific questions I'd love input on:
- If you have used a 54x54 table, how well does it work for everyday use? The 40x60 seems like it might be more usable (e.g. playing a boardgame at the table, or anything where you'd like to be able to reach across the table a fair bit).
- How well do upholstered chairs (with the fabric treatments they'd put on them) hold up? Would this be a mistake for everyday use (with a young kid)?
- If you have a Canadel Birch-top table, how well has it held up over time? We saw one in a showroom that had been repeatedly dented (by a Lazy susan with a protruding screw on the bottom) - should we expect it to be more susceptible to dents?
Thanks a lot for any advice.