Best Drop Leaf & Gateleg Tables 2012

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When you live in a small space, a dining table can feel like a luxury. It can be difficult to justify the floor space for something you might not use everyday but after the age of 25 it can be depressing eating over the sink every night. The simple drop leaf table is the perfect small space dining solution. By day, with the leaves folded down, it can pass as a side table or console. By night, open it up and throw a dinner party!

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Design House Stockholm Wing Drop Leaf Table from Amazon With two drawers, this table provides enough storage for some dining essentials. $765
Kensington 63" Gateleg Table Made from 100% recycled Pine, opens to a fairly large 63" diameter. $1,199

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Winsome Wood 42-Inch Round Drop Leaf Table from Bellacor This inexpensive table is perfect for short term use. Spatially, it's the least bulky of all the options. $199.95
Span Espresso Gateleg Dining Table from Crate & Barrel Folds up to a slim 9 1/2" when not in use, this table extends to 65 1/2" for dinner parties. $299

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NORDEN Gateleg Table from Ikea An Ikea classic – the six drawers provide ample storage and it's at a price that can't be beat. $199
Slater Mill Drop Leaf Table from Thomasville This table's a little larger than others. It's also higher quality, making it a great investment piece. $1,199

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Drop leaf Table from Shaker Workshops With its leaves down, this table is a bulky 21 3/8" - but it's simple lines make it look much smaller. For DIYers, they also have a kit for building your own. Starting at $1,130
Shayne Dropleaf Kitchen Table from Pottery Barn A great option for a small eat in-kitchen. With the open shelves it could double as an kitchen island. $499

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