The 8 Best Space-Saving Tables

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by Cliché Wynter
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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 a few small things in mind:

  • Dimensions: Most of the space-saving tables on this list are incredibly 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 two colors: Pear Wood and Chestnut.

  • 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: "I love this table. I bought it to use to cut material for sewing projects. I have a small house and this is just the perfect size, when unfolded & rolled away from the wall, it works wonderfully for cutting out patterns & material. I'm 66 years old and put the table together by myself, which took about an hour and a half. Instructions were very easy to follow (give yourself plenty of room to lay it all out first), then put it together.”


The Best Small Dining Table For Two

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 multi-purpose 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 of 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: “For just two, this table is perfect. Chairs are lightweight. Was worried about the tops sticking out for nothing, the backs are comfortable to lean against as well. Assembly was simple and took maybe 30 minutes. Just what I was looking for!”


The Best Small Dining Table For Four

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 three wood finishes — white, brown, and industrial brown.

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

Glowing review: “My roommate and I split the cost of this table. 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 Home 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 table and chairs met my expectations. The wood is solid and not cheap. Great quality. The bar stools were easy to put together and the wooden seats are good quality as well. I pit it together alone and was able to basically screw everything together without any issues. The legs are made out of steel which is even better.”


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: “I use this for extra eating space and for my son to use when he is doing his homework. It makes a very good makeshift workstation. He likes it and so do I. This was fairly easy to put together.”


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 if that color scheme isn’t your thing, you’ll be happy to know that this table also comes in espresso, washed gray, white, 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 ordered this table for my super tiny apartment, and I couldn't be more pleased. It's surprisingly high quality, well crafted and sturdy, and even unfinished it looks very nice. It's very stable and smooth, and when the leaves are lifted it has no janky seams or uneven spots. The leaves are held in place by a simple wooden beam which slides into place against a rubber wedge, so it stays in place without obstructing or limiting knee room (important because I'm tall). Overall, it's really cute and quite perfect for my needs, and well worth the money spent. I plan on keeping this piece of furniture for a long time!”


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: “Very high-quality materials. Easy to put together. It's a great addition to my small condo and I use it every day.”


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 sits 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: “Using this table as a small kitchen eat-in area with some upholstered benches and it looks terrific! Was super easy to put together and the legs feel very substantial, like real wood.”

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