For those who lack the square footage to warrant a proper dining room, a compact table paired with a set of chairs is a solid alternative. Whether you’re an avid entertainer or simply need a landing spot for weeknight dinners, a dining table is a necessity because subjecting yourself to eating at the coffee table isn’t the most practical solution.
Short of having to compromise on function over style, we set out to uncover the design-forward pieces that can seamlessly fit in anywhere. Ahead are the best dining tables for small spaces that are sure to inspire.
Melbourne Bistro Table, Anthropologie, $798
If you’re truly strapped for space but still want some semblance of a dining table, take a cue from your favorite cafe and embrace the bistro table.
Drop-Leaf Table, IKEA PS 2012, $199
A dining table with a drop-leaf is a no-brainer for small spaces. This bamboo option from IKEA is a surefire classic and is versatile for just about any home.
Magis Table One, MoMA, $2,418
Sleek, streamlined, and effortlessly cool, this modern table is the definition of structural simplicity.
Marble Contour Dining Table, Bower, $10,500
If you’re all about the splurge and making a statement at the same time, allow this dynamic Calacatta Paonazzo marble-top table (with a peach-glass inlay, no less) to be your ultimate pick.
C35A Dining Table, Poul M. Volther for FDB Mobler, $1,135.60
With its tapered legs and black-lacquered oak top, this dining table is all kinds of cool.
Polanco Round Dining Table, CB2, $799
This mid-century-inspired table is subtly elevated courtesy of the brass brackets and leg caps, lending a dynamic detail to the compact design.
Tärendö Table, IKEA, $39
A budget-friendly option you won’t want to miss out on, IKEA’s Tarendo dining table was made for a small-space dweller’s first place.
Base Table Round, Muuto, price upon request
We can always count on Muuto to offer a beautifully designed piece that is structurally sound, functional, and highly design-forward. This matte black dining table is no exception.
Sidekicks Small Dining Table, Ilse Crawford for De La Espada, $3,045
A polished aluminum tabletop paired with sleek, wooden legs instills this dining table with a bold and eye-catching detail.
Devon Dining Table, Anthropologie, $1,698
When it comes to finding dining tables for small spaces, don’t feel confined to the standard slew of round options—a minimalist, rectangular design can work just as well in tight quarters.
Mars Round Table, Matthew Hilton for De La Espada, $4,025
Small-space living is all about making a statement with what you have. This pedestal table with twisted-leg base does just the trick.
Copenhague 30 Dining Table, HAY, $1,440.75
This Scandi-chic option runs longer than most, but its streamlined, contemporary form will hardly impose on the limited square footage you’re working with.
Jewel Table, Soren Juul for DK3, $5,366.05
Available in a wide variety of customizable oak-top finishes, this timelessly elegant dining table can be used as is, or extended with the help of a drop-leaf insert.
Kenny Dining Table, Egg Collective, price upon request
With its blackened maple composition, satin brass accents, and beautifully crafted structure, this dining table will give your small space an instant burst of character and style.