Perfect Dining Table for Small Spaces

Perfect Dining Table for Small Spaces

Misty Adair
Apr 13, 2010

What takes up half the usual space but seats twice the number of people? Answer: A drop-leaf table. Okay, that riddle may have been a bit nonsensical, but the answer is still the perfect solution to small space dining.

The drop-leaf table is the Transformer of tables and can be "more than meets the eye". It can be a petite sofa table, disguised desk or maybe a practical hall table, but when dinner guests drop in it becomes a dining table for four to six. Because drop-leaf tables have flat sides when "dropped", they can easily be pushed against a wall when not in use. These tables can be primary dining tables or can serve as secondary tables that are pulled out only for entertaining.

In a small kitchen with no real dining space, the drop-leaf table has a tiny footprint but still provides seating for two on a daily basis. The table can be expanded and the wicker chairs turned around to seat two more diners in a pinch.

Drop-leaf tables are not as easy to find as tables with the leaf extensions, but in a tiny apartment, who wants to store an extra leaf to a dining table? There are beautiful vintage tables (our favorite) with a great variety in finishes, shapes and styles. Feeling handy? Southern Living has plans to make your own drop-leaf table.

We found a few options, new and old, ranging from rustic to contemporary. . . even a glass drop-leaf table:
1. Swedish, round table with cross stretcher base from 1st Dibs.
2. Hans J Wegner Drop Leaf Dining Table from Room & Board.
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3. For really tiny spaces and a low price point, the Muddus table from Ikea.
4. Oval drop-leaf sofa table from Lane Furniture.

Do you have a drop-leaf table? Does it work for you? What are other innovative ways to use a drop-leaf table in a small space?

(Image: Don Freeman/House Beautiful via Habitually Chic)

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