The Best Small-Space Kitchen and Dining Tables
These space-saving tables are short in size but big on style.
You don’t need a huge banquet table to create a stylish dining room. If you have a small dining room or even a small space without a bonafide dining room, there are tricks to maximize square footage and create a dining area. You just need a space-saving dining table. A good rule of thumb is to look for a table that’s less than 60 inches in length or diameter. It’s not hard to find a small dining table like this, but there aren’t as many to shop for since traditional dining tables are in the 75- to 90-inch range. So, we’ve scoured the internet for the best dining room tables for small spaces. We’ve rounded up our favorite petite dining tables in tons of different styles, wood grains and colors as well as space-saving styles such as extendable and drop-leaf tables. Take a look at our top picks below — several under $300! — and treat yourself to a new dining room table.
- Counter Height: Tables listed as counter height are taller than standard-size tables but shorter than bar height.
- Dinette: A dinette is a small dining table set usually made up of a table and two to four chairs that's typically designed for smaller dining rooms and kitchens.
- Drop Leaf: A drop leaf is a section of the tabletop that is attached to the table and cannot be removed. The piece has a hinge so it can fold down when not in use.
- Extension: Like a leaf, tables with extensions can extend to a larger size. But extendable tables have extra tabletop built into the table (often hidden under the table) and do not have to be manually inserted.
- Leaf: A table leaf is an additional section of tabletop you can add to extend the size. Some tables come with multiple leaves.
If we were to name an MVP for small dining tables, it would be this midcentury model from West Elm. It's under $1,000 and just 42 inches long, but it does contain an expandable panel that takes it up to 60 inches to seat six to eight people.
Just because you're shopping small doesn't mean you can't shop the big trends. Eighties-style glass-top dining tables are back and bigger than ever, and it's a great option for small spaces because the glass creates a more open, airy look.
White marble never goes out of style, and if you already have a marble-top coffee table and love it, you can get the same look in your dining room with this stunning table. The black base is so chic and looks great paired with black wood or metal chairs.
World Market is a great place to shop for small dining room tables for apartments and small spaces, and they even have tables with clever space-saving features. This cafeteria-style table has built-in little industrial seats that fold in when not in use.
A black rectangle dining table is super versatile, especially if you like to change up dining chairs seasonally. It works with everything from plush, upholstered seating to natural cane to metal industrial chairs. And the price is right for this smaller version at Target.
We love this modern concrete table from Urban Outfitters. It's perfect for creating a dining room area in an open space layout or studio apartment. If you move to a home with a larger dining area down the road, you can always repurpose this as an outdoor patio table with some outdoor rattan chairs.