Small space living calls for bistro tables, but they're great for homes with a little more space, too. Whether you'd like a little spot for tea time, a small-footprint table for a breakfast nook, a tiny outdoor getaway, or a primary dining table for a studio apartment, you'll probably need a bistro table...
1. Wood and Iron Table, Target, $89.99
I've seen this one in person and it's very sturdy and cool, with a sort of urban cowboy feel to it. The height is adjustable, so you'd probably be able to use whatever chairs or stools you happen to have on hand. If you like the style but would like to upgrade, CB2 has a higher-end version for $549, as does West Elm for $999.
2. Watermark Bistro Table, CB2, $219
The Watermark is utterly classic: all stainless steel, safe for indoor/outdoor use, and so totally plain that it comes around to being beautiful. It's a new product so there's only 1 review— but it's a rave.
3. Mid-Century Bistro Table, West Elm, $399
This one is for all my fellow MCM-lovers out there— let's just gaze at its prettiness! West Elm categorizes this table as Green ("FSC®-certified solid eucalyptus wood base; walnut veneer top") and describes it as seating up to three diners. If it was a few hundred dollars cheaper, it would be mine.
4. Hot Mesh Cafe Table, Blu Dot, $499
This unfortunately-named table is a great way to add a pop of color to a small home, without overwhelming it. If you'd like to avoid such pops, it's also available in off-white durable "Zinc-plated powder-coated steel."
5. Tripod Table, Anthropologie, $248
I adore the airy, delicate feel of this table, as well as the iron/white-washed mango wood combination, but remain skeptical of a table with a lip. Do any of you have experience with such a thing? In the end, aesthetics won out for me, but would love to know more about functionality.
6. Tolix Marais 2-Seater Dining Table, Design Within Reach, $729
The price is high, but this seems like a table that will last virtually forever. Made in France by Tolix (founded in 1934), this table was originally designed in 1955, is protected by copyright, and is "100% authentic." It is also available in black and naked metal, and I would like one of each, please.
7. LÄCKÖ Table, IKEA, $39.99
This is an outdoor table that would look perfectly at-home indoors, and could be moved outside if you ever come into some land. It is made of powder-coated steel, is easy to clean, and is also available with matching chairs, though I prefer the mismatched look.
8. Saarinen Marble Side Table, AllModern, $787
Heavy-molded cast aluminum and satin-coated Carrara marble come together in this gorgeous specimen, originally designed in 1958. It is easily assembled, has been GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified, and is also available in non-marble for $597.
9. Dar Bistro Table, Target, $79.99
This is another powder-coated indoor/outdoor table, notable for its low price and handy little shelf. You could store salt and pepper shakers down there when you're not eating, and flower arrangements or candles when you are.
10. Handmade Zinc-Top Neon Table, The Balcony Gardener, £215
I would like to move into this photo, but that's not the only reason I picked this table: the rustic zinc and neon paint juxtaposition is irresistible to me. This table is available in neon green, pink, yellow, and orange (my pick!), is handcrafted in England, and can be accompanied by matching or contrasting chairs.
Do you dine at a teeny tiny table? Do you enjoy it? Please share your recommendations both for tables and for eating on a small tabletop!