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Hosting a dinner party sounds like a great idea in theory—until you realize that you can barely fit four people around your tiny kitchen table. Many of us living in small spaces have long given up on the idea of a dedicated room for entertaining, but even if your open-plan space isn’t large enough to accommodate a seated meal for 12, that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative. 

This is where extendable dining tables come in handy: Keep them compact for regular weeknight meals; expand them to their full potential when guests come over. And don’t worry, they’ve had a serious makeover since the clunky furniture your grandmother owned. These nine stylish options can easily make room for all your family and friends.

If you’re not a square…

Most extendable dining tables are rectangular, but this one has curves in all the right places. The top even has a geometric wood-grain design once it’s expanded.


Oliver Round Extension Dining Table, Scandinavian Designs ($999)

If you need to put baby in the corner…

This affordable drop-leaf pick can easily tuck against a wall.

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IKEA PS 2012 Drop-Leaf Table, Ikea ($199)

If the ’70s was your favorite decade…

Own a piece of design history with this standout Milo Baughman burl-wood piece that extends to over 111 inches long. 

1970s Mid-Century Modern Extendable Burl Dining Table, Milo Baughman ($3,750)

If you care about the details…

This option not only has a parquet finish, but it can also take your dinner party group from six to 10 with its two leaves.

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Estate Extending Dining Table, John Lewis & Partners ($911)

If you have an extra-large group of friends…

No one will feel left out at this luxe burl-and-brass table that seats up to 12 people.


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Burl Extendable Dining Table, Caracole Classic ($2,010)

If you only have a narrow breakfast nook…

This mid-century, Danish-inspired round table might not look like much, but it will fit six of your nearest and dearest once you turn it into an oval.

Finn Dining Table, Jayson Home ($1,595)

If you have a dark side…

This stained, wire-brushed oak table will give your next soiree a dramatic flair.

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Madera Dining Table, Article ($1,499)

If you’re a little clumsy…

Go from a dinner for four to 12 without a worry thanks to this chunky, seemingly indestructible 1930s table by Swedish architect Axel Einar Hjorth.

Extendable Dining Table, Axel Einar Hjorth ($12,000)

If even your bistro table is taking up room…

This West Elm drop-leaf piece was designed with small spaces in mind. Just pull the table away from the wall and extend the sides, and you’re all set.


Jules Drop Leaf Expandable Dining Table, West Elm ($399)

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