Inside Man Q & A's
Sep 16, 2010
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Q: I have an open loft and I need to get a dining table that can double as an office area. I also want it to be useful for cocktail parties, and maybe even be able to have a sit-down dinner party at some point. I want something that can work as both a desk and a table and won't look awkward. Can you point me towards some good options? - Sent from Paul in Chicago

A: Paul, you might consider an extension table, which will allow you to keep things compact while you're working but can give you room to spread out when you're entertaining. We've rounded up a few options below.

Another piece we've seen used as both desk and dining table is the Strut by Blu Dot. It's a little narrower than a regular dining table, so it functions well as a desk. It's also got a nice structural base that looks cool in a larger loft area.

Depending on what style you like, here are some good, basic options (photos shown above):

1 Extension Dining Table from BoConcept, $1,695
2 Angled-Leg Expandable Dining Table from West Elm, $499
3 Extensia Dining Table from Ligne Roset
4 Ventura Round Extension Table, $2,300
5 Blu Dot Strut Table, $1,100

For more extension table options, check out this post.

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Photos: BoConcept, West Elm, Ligne Roset, Room and Board, Blu Dot

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