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Your dining room table helps anchor your space’s design while creating a welcoming place around which you and your loved ones can gather over a warm meal. But before you invest in a new piece of furniture, it’s helpful to consider a few factors to ensure you get the right piece for your space, such as your dining table’s height, style, and shape.
For instance, round dining tables often work best in smaller, more casual dining rooms, while long rectangular dining tables are ideal for more expansive, formal dining rooms. In a similar vein, it’s helpful to compare any prospective table’s seating capacity against the number of people you typically share meals with to make sure everyone will have a seat at the table.
To help you find the perfect fit for your space, we curated picks from our favorite retailers to highlight the very best dining tables for every aesthetic, lifestyle, and budget.
Meet the experts
To put together this guide we consulted with a range of interior design and furniture experts. Throughout this article, you'll hear from:
This modern round dining table features a streamlined, versatile design that comes in several different hues and your choice of a linoleum or plywood top. Made with sturdy steel legs, the table spans 46 inches in diameter, offering a modest size that can work double-duty as a dining table or desk when you’re working from home. The table’s size also makes it a particularly great fit for small spaces.
This dining table is beloved for its assembly ease. According to one reviewer, “The assembling experience was great, very easy to put together, and very thoughtful. Every single detail about the table is amazing. The best table over.” Another reviewer raved about the dining table’s craftsmanship: “The craftsmanship and attention to detail on this thing is well worth the price tag. When you open the box, it just feels like a premium product. The packaging alone was impressive. Setup is quick and easy and the desktop is super solid/finished well. Size is perfect. Legs are sturdy and the powder coat finish is really nice. Finished product is seriously beautiful.”
With a pedestal base and a tabletop spanning 71 inches in diameter, this sizeable pedestal dining table from Modloft can offer seats for the whole family and beyond. Composed of a wood veneer with a glass top, the table comes in two hues—a glossy Chateau Gray and a rich Smoked Oak, both of which can elevate a wide variety of aesthetics.
“Very nice sturdy table,” reported one reviewer. “Easily fits six moderately sized dining chairs with plenty of elbow room. Glass top wipes clean after spills/use. We get compliments on the table every time someone comes over.” And if you’re concerned about liquid spills seeping under the glass top, this review might ease your worries: “I was concerned that the space between the attached tempered glass and the tabletop would trap liquid underneath, but I ran a thin paper between the space and it’s sealed completely.”
Made from solid American oak, this gorgeous dining table from Poly & Bark is built to last. Not only can it physically withstand years of use, but the table’s timeless design will look fresh for years to come as well. Plus, the table can comfortably seat eight people, so it’s a stellar option if you love to host dinner parties.
“We love this table! The finish is so smooth,” said one reviewer. “The color is a perfect shade of natural that goes great with the rest of our kitchen. Seems so well made and that it’s a table we will have for years!” Another reviewer raved about the table’s color and finish: “We love this table! The finish is so smooth. The color is a perfect shade of natural that goes great with the rest of our kitchen. Seems so well made and that it’s a table we will have for years!”
With its striking silhouette and solid wood construction, this dining table features a modern yet timeless design, complete with eight finish options. According to Grace Hoffend, design advisor at Maiden Home, the table also lends itself particularly well to dinner parties: “The Carlisle is meant as a conversational piece because chairs will be on either side of the table to direct focus to the guests joining for dinner.”
“I have been desperately trying to find a dining table that is two-toned and I could not be happier with my purchase!” raved a reviewer. “I have black wooden chairs that I love, but I really wanted a lighter wood dining table to brighten up my dining space. This table was the perfect compromise! The solid wood material and the architectural lines are fabulous! Everyone who comes into my home comments on how beautiful of a piece it is!”
Aptly named, the Transformer Table can literally transform into several different dining table styles depending on your needs of the moment. Made from solid wood, the table can extend from just 18 inches to 10 feet, allowing you to maximize your space to the fullest while serving as a side table, desk, dining table, and beyond. It also comes in four different hardwood finishes, so you’ll have no trouble finding the right complement to your interior design.
"The Transformer Table is a one-of-a-kind, innovative product with a clear focus and priority on versatility," says Alexandra Frost who reviewed the Transformer Table for Living Cozy.
We’re not the only ones raving about this table; its positive reviews abound. According to one reviewer, “It’s very stylish (simple, modern, farmhouse/industrial vibe) and sturdy, too. We’ve used the bench quite a lot too, and it supports weight very well.” Meanwhile, another reviewer raves about the dining table’s finish, “We really love our Transformer Table! We got the Canadian dark oak table plus the coffee table. The quality is excellent, sturdy (not flimsy like other tables where you have to add drop leaf elements), and easy to add and take away sections. I can't recommend this enough!”
If customizability is at the top of your dining table priority list, then you’ll love the Vienna Collection from Inside Weather. The collection comprises eight made-to-order tables that allow you to customize everything from the shape and size to adding special features, like a power hub, which makes it easy to transform the dining table into a work-from-home station. Pair a Vienna table with Inside Weather’s Sarno dining chair to create the perfect dining set.
Reviewers across the board rave about the design and functionality of the Vienna Collection, but there are mixed feelings regarding assembly. For instance, one reviewer said, “I love the look of this table. I was glad to see it had a narrower width option, and it fits in my space perfectly. Was a little tricky to assemble and took a little longer than I expected, but it wasn’t too hard.” While another stated, “Excellent table, easy to assemble!”
This dining table from Apt2B is made from solid acacia wood, making it highly durable. It also features a pared-back design that will look equally great in modern farmhouse interiors as it will in contemporary aesthetics. And at 75 inches in length, the table is a great fit for a larger dining area, comfortably seating up to eight people with room to spare.
“I searched for months for the perfect modern farmhouse table (that wasn't too farmhouse-y),” said one reviewer. “I love the clean lines and the gorgeous neutral wood tone. It's a sturdy, high-quality table and is much more affordable than others I was looking at...definitely worth the purchase!” Another reviewer testifies to the table’s versatility, affordability, and durability: “This table is very solid and it looks very nice. Would go with many different types of decor. You can fit 6-8 chairs around it. It's a great value!”
Among the more affordable dining tables on our list, the Lily Dining Table from Castlery features a mid-century modern-inspired design that will become your new favorite conversation piece. Combining a walnut veneer with a steel supporting tube, the table is 63 inches long and seats up to six people, so it’s ideal for medium and small spaces.
“The wood finish is gorgeous and the brushed brass steel is classy,” said one reviewer. “It fits in perfectly with my mid-century modern living room interior. I also recommend having their delivery team put it together. They are professional and it looked like more of a complicated build.” Another reviewer loves that high-end look and feel of the table: “This dining table was exactly what it looked like online! It’s beautiful and the wood top looks amazing. The angle below the top really makes the table look higher end.”
Speaking of affordable, at less than $300, this small dining table is a total steal. And with a 42-inch tabletop diameter, it’s also ideal for small spaces. The table seats up to four people, but it also works well with just two dining chairs to create more of a bistro setup to use as a breakfast nook. You can also choose from White and Espresso hues to find just the right complement to your other home decor and furniture.
“Beautiful table! Looks very expensive for the price!” raved a reviewer. “The brown is such a rich and deep chocolate brown. Easily seats four very comfortably. Super easy to put together probably took me about 10 minutes total! Can’t wait for my chairs to come in for the completed look!” Another reviewer paired the table with Wayfair’s Charleston chairs to outfit their small space: “Beautiful sturdy table. I paired it with the Charleston chairs. Easy to wipe down and clean. Luckily no chips or damage upon delivery. Perfect for our small apartment.”
This dining or kitchen table combines glam and mid-century modern inspirations to create a sleek design that will elevate your look with quiet sophistication. The Italian marble top features natural veins and patterns, while tapered legs crafted from American white oak provide a durable and chic foundation. And at 31.5 inches in diameter, this piece is a great fit for small spaces.
Reviewers not only love the table, but they rave about its ease of assembly as well: “This table is the perfect size for my smaller apartment,” said one reviewer. “It was very easy to assemble. You may need help lifting it, but I was able to do it myself carefully.” Another reviewer testified that the table is, “Easy to assemble, looks pretty.”
Best Trestle Table: Ullin Solid Wood Trestle Dining Table
Brand: Wayfair/Three Posts Price: $849
This dining table combines a traditional aesthetic with a hint of farmhouse flair that will anchor any look with classic style. Made from solid wood, the table comes in seven different finishes and features carved feet that provide a sturdy, sculptural base. Designed to comfortably seat six, the table’s 79-inch length will look great in medium and larger dining areas.
“Absolutely love this table!!!” raved one reviewer. “I wasn’t sure what to expect of the quality but it’s perfect. It’s heavy and sturdy, will definitely last! My husband put it together by himself in like 30 minutes. Love it!!” Another reviewer recommended having two people on hand for assembly but otherwise loves it: “This table is gorgeous! The shipment was quick and came in two packages. It was easy to install but it definitely is a two-person job.”
What Should You Look for in a Quality Dining Table?
Quality dining room furniture starts with materials. For instance, wood dining tables, like those composed of solid pine or oak, typically boast longer lifespans and more durability than dining tables made from mdf, plastic, or plywood.
It’s also helpful to consider your lifestyle when weighing the quality of various dining tables. If you have kids or host lots of dinner parties, for example, “You’ll also want to find [a dining table] that is easy to clean and scratch-resistant,” advises Katie Simpson, senior interior designer at Mackenzie Collier Interiors, “Epecially if your table will be getting heavy use from things like kids doing homework or hosting lots of dinner parties.”
If you’re worried about scratches and spills, then glass-top dining tables, which are easy to wipe clean, are a great option. You can also add your own glass top to a wood dining table to add a layer of protection between the wood and any spills and scratches.
How Do You Work Out What Size Dining Table Can Fit in Your Space?
The best way to ensure you invest in the right size dining table is to take measurements. According to Kristin Patrician, owner and principal designer at Dwelling Envy Interiors, “You want to give yourself a minimum of 28-30 inches of space from the edges of the table to any wall or additional home furnishings. This allows people who are sitting at the table to sit comfortably while also allowing others to pass by easily.”
You can also strategically pick your dining table’s shape if you want to create a little more space between the table and wall. For example, an oval dining table will offer a bit more room around the edges than a rectangular table of comparable size thanks to the oval table’s rounded edges.
Kelly Weimert is a writer, editor, and interior design expert with 10 years of experience writing about design and home decor. She's written for interior design publications such as MyDomaine, Apartment Therapy, Domino Magazine, and Hunker. When she's not writing or editing, she's probably busy obsessing over how to beautify her home.