When it comes to dining room tables, you want to make sure you get the one that’s right for you and your home. Western Heritage Furniture offers a large variety of dining room tables, and today we’re going to talk about one of the most interesting types: the Robert Jupe Expanding Dining Table, commonly known as a jupe table.


The history of the jupe dining table goes back to 1835 when it was invented by an English cabinet maker named Theodore Alexander Robert Jupe. He designed a circular expanding table that later became known by his name.

Jupe’s patent for his design described an “improved expanding table so constructed that the sections composing its surface may be caused to diverge from a common centre and that the spaces caused thereby may be filled up by inserting leaves or filling pieces.”

The main feature of a jupe dining table is its ability to expand into a larger table using a fascinating device called a Capstan Mechanism. This combination of a pulley and belt converts rotational motion into linear motion. So, when you turn a jupe table counterclockwise (rotational motion) the center stays still and the outer parts expand (linear motion).


Now that we’ve gone over the technical aspects, let’s talk about how you actually use a jupe table. Here at Western Heritage Furniture, we’ve made it easy for you so you don’t have to worry about any of the technical things. We put the table top on a locking carousel so it locks securely and unlocks only when you need it to.

To use a jupe table there are 3 simple steps:

    1. Open the table by turning it counterclockwise.
    2. Pull the pie pieces out and unfold the leaves.
    3. Push each leaf and pie to the center to lock it.

And that’s it!


If you’ve heard of jupe tables, you probably know that it has many names. They’re also called radial tables, expanding tables, or lotus tables. At Western Heritage Furniture, our expanding tables and lotus tables are all inspired by the original jupe table.

One of our most popular expanding tables is the Clover Table, which can fit up to 12 people! We offer a wide variety of expanding tables with tabletops and bases in many different colors and styles. Our gallery of expanding tables includes additional information like expansion size, amount of seating, and video demonstrations.

Jupe tables are perfect for a big (or small) game night because you can either use the table as it is or expand it to fit more people. The same goes for dinner parties, book club meetings, or working from home. With a jupe dining table, you get a multi-functional, stylish table that can definitely serve as a conversation starter.


If you’re interested in purchasing one of our jupe tables, the team at Western Heritage Furniture in Arizona is ready to help you find the perfect match. We are located in Jerome, Arizona, and serve many nearby cities, including Sedona and Phoenix.  You can contact us at 800-616-1424 or send us a message today.