13 of the Best Drop-Leaf Tables for Small-Space Dining

published Jun 10, 2022
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Post Image
Credit: Lauren Kolyn

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 nowadays, 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 table for your space? Below, check out our guide to ten of the best drop leaf and extendable dining tables on the market today, from retailers you love like Wayfair, West Elm, Target, and more. Designing your small space just got way easier.

Do you have a drop-leaf table you swear by? Let us know in the comments below!

1 / 10
was $349.99

This table 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 and sit four people comfortably for dinner. Plus, thanks to its metal base and wood tabletop, it'll work equally well in rustic, industrial, and contemporary spaces.

2 / 10

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

3 / 10
West Elm

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

4 / 10

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

5 / 10
was $349.99

This Amazon find is an excellent option for those who can't get enough of the rustic look. Its convertible design means it can be used as both the centerpiece of your dining room and a console table for entryways! Plus, it's received tons of positive reviews, many of which note how wonderfully it functions in a small space.

6 / 10
was $290.99

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

7 / 10
was $179.99

This Amazon find makes for a darling dining table but can also function well as a desk or console table, depending on your needs. The white legs provide some stylish contrast to the wood top, giving this table some Scandi minimalist flair. Currently available for just under $200, it's a good budget choice, too.

8 / 10

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.

9 / 10
was $1059.99

For those shoppers looking for a space-saving piece and bottle storage, this Beachcrest find is the one for you. With space for up to nine bottles and a drawer for extra odds and ends, this stylish table is a small-space dream.

10 / 10
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 (or a regular Tuesday night dinner). It also happens to be marked down by 15 percent, so you'll want to snag this versatile find while it's on sale.

Dabney Frake and Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting.

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 10 of the Best Drop Leaf Tables for Flexible Dining in Your Small Space