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Old 09-14-2019, 01:08 PM   #1
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Dinette decor

When we first started working on the build sheet for our 5.0TA last year Mary got busy developing a plan for the U-shaped dinette. She got a 36" round drop leaf table, stained and finished it, and painstakingly painted an intricate stenciled design on the top. She also made curtains which are now installed, and pillows complete the look.

I was tasked with the easy part - figuring out the mechanics of the curtain rods and table mount. The curtain rod was easy, aluminum tracks with flat sides and curved corner sections hold little roller wheel carriers for the curtain hooks. I attached them to the underside of the upper cabinets directly in front of the shades with 3M tape and small wood screws every six inches or so. Mary made valance strips from our upholstery fabric that attach to the front of the curtain tracks with velcro.

The wood table top is very heavy, and the mechanism underneath for the support for the drop leaves on the sides was challenging to work with. I wound up using heavy duty drawer slides and built, in effect, a drawer box that mounts to the top of the pedestal that lets it slide from back to front. We find so far that we mostly use it in the far back position, that allows enough room for us to get in and out of the dinette seats comfortably and get into all the upper cabinets. We keep the side leaves down most of the time and pop them up to make a larger surface for meals...or for cats at night

The table uses a single stationary pedestal wrapped in sisal to serve as a cat scratching post. It's almost back against the back bench wall so it's not in the way of our feet. Because the table top and slide mechanism are so heavy, I added brackets attaching the pedestal to the back bench wall which is braced just like others have done for a Lagun mount. The brackets are not obtrusive, and I painted them with the same light brown paint ETI uses for the inside of the cabinet door frames so they barely show. The pedestal is not easily removable, of course, but we never use the dinette as a bed so that's not a factor for us.

The curtains are lined, and with the shades down make the trailer plenty dark for afternoon naps or sleeping late after big hiking days. The bedroom has the same curtains as the dinette. As for how the cats will treat all the little pompom balls hanging down on the bottom edge of the curtains....I'll have to report back on that after our next trip
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Old 09-14-2019, 01:16 PM   #2
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You could always rotate the table 90 degrees to have the flip ups in front and rear and give the seat sides more leg room.....?
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Old 09-14-2019, 01:18 PM   #3
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You could always rotate the table 90 degrees to have the flip ups in front and rear and give the seat sides more leg room.....?
Yup, the table could be rotated - but we have found that the height of the leaves when down is just above our legs so they're not in the way. The drawer slide mechanism adds some height to the table top so it probably sits a bit higher than one with the standard ETI slide mechanism.
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Just gotta say, I am inspired! You two have done such great work, and the ideas and pics are a treat. I haven't even gotten my first trailer, yet, and you are giving me SUCH ideas!
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Looks good!
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Thank you - I (mistakenly, I think now) opted the U dinette on my 19' and you have given me inspiration for increasing the table area if I can find someone to execute it. Beautiful work Mary! More inspiration!
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Very inviting lounge Dave.
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Wow! Looks Awesome.
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Truly beautiful work!
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It's GORGEOUS! I'm sure you'll get many years of enjoyment out of your work.
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looks great! can you lower it to make a bed?
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looks great! can you lower it to make a bed?
Nope - not quick and easy to remove the pedestal since it's bolted to the back dinette wall. And the round table with drop leaves wouldn't work to make a base for cushions in the opening, and is too heavy and bulky to put someplace else and use boards. It's just the two of us (and all our cats...) and we never use the dinette as a bed. Without the need for conversion, it opened up more options for a table and pedestal.
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