The 15 Best Drop-Leaf & Gateleg Tables for Flexible Dining

The 15 Best Drop-Leaf & Gateleg Tables for Flexible Dining

Dabney Frake
Oct 5, 2016
(Image credit: Crate & Barrel)

Drop-leaf and gateleg tables are a godsend for small homes. Keep the leaves down and conserve valuable space, or raise them up and squeeze additional people in at the dinner table. The holidays are just around the corner, so explore these 15 great picks for 2016.


I own a few International Concepts pieces, and they're easy to build and pretty sturdy for the price. They come unfinished, which you can chose to leave as-is for a rather Scandi look, or stain/paint to your liking.

Size when fully extended: 30"H x 40"W x 24"D

Another great budget option is this drop-leaf dining table from Target. Its metal legs are designed to maximize leg room under the table.

Size when fully extended: 30"H x 40"W x 43"D

Wood and white is a clean and refreshing combo in the modern PS 2012 drop-leaf table from IKEA.

Size when fully extended: 29 1/8" H x 54 3/8"W x 31 1/2"D

Wayfair offers the modern and multi-functional Holly & Martin Driness Extendable Table for a modest price. When not in use as a dining table, the legs fold in and the side leaves drop to create a console table. Smart!

Size when fully extended: 29.5"H x 32.99"D x 63"W

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Perfect for small dining areas, or for any room really that needs a versatile piece of furniture. The weather gray finish modernizes the classic silhouette of this table.

Size when fully extended: 30.2"H x 36" diameter

Made of solid wood with a weather finished, just drop the 9-inch leaves on either one or both sides to turn a casual dining table into a desk or console table.

Size when fully extended: 31"H x 36"D x 56"W

It's not often you come across a dining table that wears multiple hats. The Shayne table from Pottery Barn extends from 26 inches up to 54 inches, and also offers two sizable center shelves for storage.

Size when fully extended: 30"H x 54"L x 49"W

A table for the warm industrial lover with limited space. When closed, it's a manageable 24" wide, but doubles in size when both leaves are up.

Size when fully extended: 30"H x 48"W x 32"D

World Market's Arcadia Extension Table is solid, with thick carved legs, and seats up to eight. At about $500, it's also a good price point.

Size when fully extended: 30"H x 36"W x 96"L

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With nearly perfect ratings, the Origami Drop Leaf Dining Table from Crate & Barrel is rustic modern and acts as a buffet or console table when folded down, but extends out to a full-on dining table to boot.

Size when fully extended: 30"H x 38"D x 60"W

Another fantastic dining table option that folds up to a super slender 17.75"—ideal as a sofa or console table, buffet or even a desk!

Size when fully extended: 31"H x 37"D x 48.75"W

The Slater Mill table from Thomasville Furniture is an updated version of a classic farmhouse table, except it folds up to a tiny 13 inches deep. The gateleg design makes conversion quick and easy.

Size when fully extended: 30"H x 60"D x 56"W

This Room & Board option is all about Shaker simplicity, and a solid basic. It comes in four standard colors (and one longer lead stain).

Size when fully extended: 29"H x 34"D x 46"W

Sometimes, square or rectangular just doesn't work for your space. Enter this beautiful country French round option with two drop leafs and simple gate legs.

Size when fully extended: 30"H x 47" diameter

You'll have tons of extra room with Pottery Barn's Sumner table. It extends out to a whopping 120 inches and begs to be used for Thanksgiving dinners with the family.

Size when fully extended: 30.5"H x 40"D by 120"W

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