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 2017.


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

This bar-height drop leaf table can also serve as a kitchen island — super handy in a small kitchen that could use a little extra counter space.

Size when fully extended: 35.5"H x 30"W x 30"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

The modern and multi-functional Holly & Martin Driness Extendable Table offers an innovative design at 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

This table folds in half lengthwise, so it can be used as a console table (or even a desk) when not fully expanded.

Size when fully extended: 29.5"H x 55"W x 29.5"D

This offering from IKEA has a sturdy, rustic feel.

Size when fully extended: 29"H x 59"L x 31"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

This table folds to a slim 12" wide, perfect for even the smallest of spaces. The drawer in the middle is perfect for storing cutlery or table linens, and with only one leaf up the table can function as a desk.

Size when fully extended: 30"H x 57"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

Starting at $1,399

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

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

Re-edited from a post originally published 10/07/2014 - N.M.

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