Balancing your plate on your lap and eating over the kitchen sink may work for awhile but at some point you'll feel better about life if you eat at a proper table. While it may seem like a waste of space, especially in a small apartment, a dining table can become an essential piece of furniture, used for meals, crafts and even serving as a work station. Check out this roundup of dining tables big and small to see if there's one that will fit in your home.

Get the Look: Retro Round Small Dining Tables
Small Yet Stylish Studio Dining Solutions
6 Dining Tables for a Warm Industrial Look
Best Drop Leaf & Gateleg Tables 2012
High & Low: 5 Sources for Tulip Tables
A Touch of Iron: Dining Tables, Accents & Consoles
Dinner Party Perfect: Rectangular Dining Tables to Seat 8-10 Guests
Small Space Solution: Folding & Expanding Tables
Rustic + Industrial: A New Style of Farmhouse Table
Get the Look: Simple White Dining Tables

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