12 of the Best Drop Leaf Tables for Flexible Dining in Your Small Space

updated Nov 9, 2023
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Being on the lookout for small-space furniture solutions is kind of our thing here at Apartment Therapy, and when it comes to compact dining, we’ve been talking about the virtues of drop-leaf tables for years. They’re ultra-functional, versatile (a dining table and a console table in one, what’s not to love?), and best suited for smaller households that love to entertain. The varieties available are endless, and you can find affordable options that actually look good too, making them a sensible alternative to traditional small-space dining tables. Ready to find the perfect drop-leaf table for your space? Below, check out our guide to 12 of the best drop leaf and extendable dining tables on the market, from retailers you know and love like Wayfair, West Elm, Target, and more. Designing your small space just got way easier.

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Raymour & Flanigan

This chunky wooden dining table from Raymour and Flanigan is as solid as it gets, with stylish stilted legs that give it a sense of prominence in your kitchen or dining room. Two drop leaves give you plenty of options for arrangments, taking you seamlessly from solo dinners to couple's date night.

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was $349.99

This table from Wayfair is a lesson in versatility. Drop one leaf and push it against the wall to create a makeshift desk, drop both leaves to create a TV stand or console table, or lift both leaves to sit four people comfortably for dinner. Plus, thanks to its metal base and wood tabletop, it'll work equally well in rustic, industrial, or contemporary spaces.

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West Elm
was $699.00

This West Elm piece features a beautiful (and sustainably sourced!) wooden top that can seat up to six guests when fully expanded. While it's pricier than other similar drop leaf options, the sleek and stylish look makes it worth the higher price tag.

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was $134.99

While every piece on our list offers A+ versatility, this piece from Amazon is the ultimate. Not only does it convert between a dining table and a console table, but it also can act as a writing desk, complete with a storage pillar "leg" at the base that can house cookbooks, office supplies, and more. Best of all, it's on wheels, so it's easy to move around your house should you need to free up space for an afternoon yoga session.

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Pottery Barn

When it comes to brands that bottle quality and style, you simply can't beat Pottery Barn. This Mateo drop-leaf dining table is the perfect example of that ethos, with solid hardwood construction and a simple yet timeless shape that will blend easily with any design aesthetic. Keep the two leafs out for a family of four or adjust as necessary to fit this piece in a smaller space.

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Bring French farmhouse-style home with this sweet round table from Wayfair. The circular shape makes it ideal for small spaces and, when expanded, it can accommodate a sizeable crew. When its leaves are down, it makes for the perfect bistro-esque table in a dining nook.

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It doesn't get any more compact than the Clarabelle Drop Leaf Dining Table. This wall-mounted pick features a Scandi-chic look and boasts the ability to fold completely down for a table that takes up virtually no space when not in use!

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If you're looking for unique ways to add extra storage to your home, don't miss out on this stylish table. The built-in shelves beneath the top are perfect for storing placemats, dinnerware, and other frequently used kitchen items, while the white color means you have a lot of stylistic freedom when picking out chair styles.

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was $290.99

This unfinished table looks good as is, but it could also make the perfect blank slate for a custom DIY project. Add your own spin to the piece with paint, stencils, or a wood stain — you name it! Ringing up at just over $200, it's also a great budget-friendly buy.

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Who doesn't love a classic turned-leg table? Wayfair is one of the best places to score quality budget furniture, and this piece is guaranteed to add a touch of farmhouse style to your home without breaking the bank.

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was $179.99

This Amazon find makes for a darling dining table but it can also function well as a desk or console table, depending on your needs. The white legs provide a stylish contrast to the wood top, giving this table some Scandi minimalist flair. Currently available for just over $160, it's a good budget choice, too.

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was $435.00

Bring mid-century vibes to your dining space with this beautiful table from Wayfair. Just add a cute centerpiece and this table is ready for hosting a crowd (or a regular Tuesday night dinner). It also happens to be marked down by 9 percent, so you'll want to snag this versatile find while it's on sale.