Esmé Stern

Published on July 16, 2019

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For those who lack the square footage to warrant a proper dining room, a compact bistro table in the corner of your living room or kitchen is a solid alternative. Whether you’re an avid entertainer or simply need a landing spot for weeknight dinners, a designated surface is a necessity when the couch is currently your only option for mealtimes. 

Not willing to compromise on function over style, we set out to uncover the design-forward pieces that can seamlessly fit in anywhere. As much as your sofa appreciates the love, it’s time for the crumbs and spills to move elsewhere. Here, the best dining tables for small spaces.

Channeling Alvar Aalto’s Scandinavian designs, this Anthropologie piece is delightfully uncomplicated. From summer dinners outside (it’s easily transportable!) to crafting with kids, this is the catchall of tables.

Perfect for blending in, the barely there glass tabletop offers the illusion of space while grounding itself in any room with its wood base.

Reminiscent of a Greek column, this stylish table can seat up to four. Did someone say dinner party?

What this storage-friendly breakfast bar lacks in size it makes up for with convenience. Hook the two (included!) stools underneath the tabletop when you’re done eating to save space.

Meet the Murphy bed of dining options. Lower the table a few notches to store kitchen essentials on the shelves while you’re cooking or entertaining, then fold it up again when you want your precious space back.

With its blackened maple composition and chunky interlocking base, this dining table will give your small space an instant burst of character.

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.

A polished aluminum surface paired with sleek wood legs will make even your most basic plates shine (literally).

We can always count on Muuto to offer a beautifully designed piece that is structurally sound and design-forward. This matte black dining table, made of painted aluminum, is no exception.