The 8 Best Space-Saving Tables

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Small spaces present unique problems — namely, how to maximize square footage so you can actually fit in a table — but with a little clever design work, the best space-saving tables will give you plenty of room for dinner, work, and more with the smallest footprint possible, thanks to features like drop leaves, built-in storage, and space for tucking away your chairs. And on the aesthetic side of things, they'll be a sleek and chic alternative to bulky furniture.

But before purchasing a space-saving table, you're going to want to keep these things in mind:

  • Dimensions: Most of the space-saving tables on this list are super compact, but you can choose from slightly wider tables that let you sit across from your dining partner (or partners), or you can opt for a narrow breakfast bar-style one that'll fit right up against the wall.
  • Seats: Chairs have the potential to add some bulk, thereby defeating the purpose of your new space-saving table. If you're looking for seating to go with your table and are really squeezed, keep an eye out for benches or stools that can be tucked right underneath.
  • Space-saving add-ons: To really make the most of your space, look for clever add-ons like built-in storage or wheels that let you roll the table out of the way when you're not using it. And for versatility, you can go for a drop-leaf style that expands to accommodate more people when you're entertaining, and then folds down again at the end of mealtime.

A small space doesn't mean you have to eat every meal on the couch. With the best space-saving tables, you can enjoy a proper dining experience in the most compact way possible.


A Convertible Table That Fits Up To 4 With Storage

If you're looking for a four-person table that's truly space saving, this convertible dining table with built-in storage is it. When folded, the light walnut table is small enough to even tuck into a closet and has casters on the bottom that make it easy to wheel away. When extended on each side, there's enough space for four people to enjoy a meal. Even better? The center of the table features two storage shelves with cupboard doors that can be shut — just right for your cookbooks and some utensils. Choose from three colors: gray, black, and white.

  • Table dimensions: 7.9 x 31.5 x 28.3 (folded up), 51.2 x 31.5 x 28.3 (extended)
  • Seating included: no

Glowing review: "So happy with this table. It’s larger that I had anticipated which is great. Takes some time to assemble and totally worth it. In a NYC apartment, everyone appreciates furniture that can fold up and neatly tucked away in a corner.”


The Best Small Dining Table For 2

With high ratings and a budget-friendly price, it doesn’t get much better than these space-saving table and chairs that come in six color options. Made from durable wood set on a solid iron frame, the compact table features a built-in multipurpose shelf that’s perfect for wine bottles, napkins or cookbooks. Brilliantly, the shelf is designed so that the two included matching chairs can still be tucked into the table, adding only a couple extra inches of bulk around the perimeter. One thing to note: If you’re tall, the shelf may get in the way of your legs, so you may want to forego installing that piece.

  • Table dimensions: 21 x 29.5 x 29.5 inches
  • Seating included: yes

Glowing review: “The table is great! Exactly what I was looking for. It fits very well in a small apartment and It doesn’t take up very much space. As you can see it fits two dinner plates comfortably without having to squeeze.It was pretty easy to put together and the instructions are very easy to follow.”


The Best Small Dining Table For 4

Clean and simple, this small dining table for four features two benches that can be stored underneath when they're not being used. And reviewers say it really is small, so it's perfect when space is at a premium (as long as you don't mind rubbing elbows now and then). This minimalist beauty comes in four wood finishes: white, espresso, brown, and industrial brown.

  • Table dimensions: 43.3 x 27.6 x 29.5 inches
  • Seating included: yes

Glowing review: “Looks great! We get compliments on it all the time. The benches are good because we can fit more than two people on each bench and get up to 6 people at the table. It is great for our small apartment, sturdy, and has a nice weight to it.”


The Best Breakfast Bar

If you're in the market for something you can slide right up against a wall or window, this highly rated compact table might be the one for you. Made from rustic wood and black steel, the narrow breakfast bar features a tall profile and comes with two matching stools that slide right underneath.

  • Table dimensions: 47 x 23.6 x 35 inches
  • Seating included: yes

Glowing review “This is the perfect table for a small space! My wife and I live in a small one bedroom apartment, we don’t have a dedicated dining room so we needed something that would fit in our small living room. This table was VERY easy to put together. It took us 20 minutes to assemble and we didn’t have any issues. The table and stools feel very sturdy and I love the color of the wood.”


A Chic Space-Saving Table With Built-In Storage

Reviewers love this space-saving dining set that includes a table with three built-in tempered glass shelves sized perfectly for barware, bowls of fruit, extra napkins, or even cookbooks. It has a luxe feel, too, thanks to the faux marble tabletop and legs finished in soft brass. The table comes with two padded stools that can be stored underneath.

  • Table dimensions: 40 x 22 x36 inches
  • Seating included: yes

Glowing review: “It’s so dang cute! I actually am very impressed by this table! I have a tiny studio and just needed something to eat on that wouldn’t take up half of my apartment. This is it! The stools tuck in so I love that. It’s a beautiful brass/gold color and I love that. The marble is very nice especially for being faux marble."


The Best Drop Leaf Table

The clean design of this drop leaf table will look good in just about any room, thanks to the natural wood top and simple white legs, but it’s also available in several other color options, including espresso, mocha, and unfinished wood. It’s made from sustainably harvested wood, and in its extended form, it can comfortably accommodate two to three people, and with the leaves dropped down, it takes up next to no space.

  • Table dimensions: 18 x 22 by 36 inches (not extended), 36 x 22 x 36 inches (extended)
  • Seating included: no

Glowing review: "I have a small apartment and needed a little table - this table, with its solid construction and folding leaves is great. [...] It is pretty and sturdy, a perfect fit!"


A Compact Table On Wheels

This compact kitchen table is cleverly outfitted with wheels, so you can cart it out of the way when you're not using it. And it only gets better from there: the teak table has two drawers for storing utensils, a towel rod on the side, and two stools that tuck right underneath for easy storage. Plus, there's a leaf that folds out to extend the table for more table space at mealtimes.

  • Table dimensions: 29 x 15.7 x 32.75 (not extended), 29.6 x 29.1 x 32.76 inches (extended)
  • Seating included: yes

Glowing review: “I wasn't even planning on getting a kitchen table because I didn't want to lose anymore square footage. The way my apartment is set up, a table will be in the way no matter where it sits. But when I ran across this little gem I changed my mind. When they say space saving, they really mean it. I especially love that the stools tuck under the table!"


This Design-Savvy Table That’s Perfect For 2

If aesthetics are top of mind, this compact mid-century-inspired table is a great pick that scores lots of design points. The faux marble tabletop sit on angled rubberwood legs in your choice of antique brown or lighter tan. The compact dining table comfortably seats two people, and the rubber tips on the bottoms of the legs help protect floors.

  • Table dimensions: 32 x 32 x 30 inches
  • Seating included: no

Glowing review: “Beautiful. I love this table for two in my small apartment. The top has some weight to it which makes it really makes it feel like you got some bang for your buck. It looks exactly like the photos. Easy assembly and that's coming from someone who isn't familiar with tools or putting things together.”