Options for Storage-Friendly Dining Tables?

Options for Storage-Friendly Dining Tables?

Aaron Able
Oct 20, 2009

Q: I'm in the midst of "curing" my kitchen for the Fall Cure. One of the goals I'm working toward is being able to host parties in my studio + kitchen. I have a spacious kitchen that could accommodate a dining room table, but I don't want to keep one out all the time...

Sent by Jenny

I came across Crate and Barrel's Span Gateleg Table ($299), which seems like a great solution. But before I spend money on it, I'm wondering if any Apartment Therapy readers have used it and what they think. Or, perhaps, if anyone has other suggestions for a dining room table that can be stored easily.

Thanks for your help! Jenny

Editor: In my own experience, I've found that inexpensive transforming tables are often not worth it — they tend to be unsturdy and more of a nuisance than a help. I would recommend looking for a vintage gateleg console table on ebay or craiglist OR purchasing a folding table that is designed for commercial use (I recommend the Workscape Folding Table from DWR — it's super sturdy, durable and lightweight and works for dinner parties, crafts, projects and extra kitchen surface).

Do any other readers have experience with Crate&Barrel's Gateleg table or can anyone recommend an alternative?

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