Good Questions: Convertible Coffee / Dining Tables

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Hi AT:SF,

In my apartment the would be dining room is used as a bedroom, so we end up eating around the coffee table in our living room.

Does anyone know of a coffee table that converts to a dining room table? (reasonably priced would be best - but we are desperate!)

Thanks!
S. Quinn



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Dear S. Quinn,

You are not alone! This is a question that pops up on AT periodically (see here and here), and there are some good ideas in a range of prices.

There are two basic directions you can go: convertible coffee tables that can be raised to dining height, with or without the option of an expanding surface area, and coffee tables that are designed for Japanese-style (floor-seated) dining. The ones we've come across are listed below:

Height-Adjustable Tables
The Mascotte Table
Ligne Roset Knock-off
The Hydra Table
• Another option, though harder to find, is a vintage Castro Convertible Coffee Table. They surface area can double in size and seat up to eight people. When we see them on eBay we post them on Scavenger (you can see examples here, here, here , and here.)

Floor-Seated Dining Tables
Tetra Coffee Table
Mealbox

Any other ideas or options out there?

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