10 Small Dining Tables That Can Double as Work Desks

published Sep 19, 2022
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When home becomes the office and when that home is already on the small side, you have to find furniture that works harder for you. In the kitchen, that means finding a table that works just as well as a desk as it does for dining. It should be suited for small spaces, yet roomy (and stylish) enough to take those Zoom meetings while also serving as the perfect spot for mealtimes with friends and family. Finding said table, however, is easier said than done — that’s where we come in. We’re constantly on the hunt for the ultimate small-space solutions so below, we rounded up some of the best small-space dining tables out there that are perfect for working and eating. Check out our favorites, and get to making your home super multifunctional today.

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1 / 10
Wayfair
$339.99
was $625.00

There’s a lot to like about this modern-yet-rustic table from Wayfair: how it mixes shapes with its circular top and crisscross base, how it combines MDF wood and powder-coated metal materials, how it straddles styles seamlessly, making it a great fit for any home... But maybe the best part is the compact size. You can fit four at this table, but if you need to use it to work, it’s got all the room you need to spread out and get the job done.

2 / 10
Walmart
$168.98

Go simple and classic with this square, oak-finished table from Walmart. It’s got a clean, basic design—square top and four sturdy, square legs—that make it an easy fit in any home. The Asian hardwood construction means it can hold up to heavy use, and at 3 square feet, you can use it for just about anything—dinner for four, coffee for two, WFH for one, you name it!

3 / 10
West Elm
$699.00

Need a spot to tackle Monday morning's to-do list? A roomy table for hosting a family dinner? Or a small space for Sunday brunch for two? Check, check, check. This clean-edged table from West Elm doubles in width when you extend the side leaf, so keep it small while you plug away during the work week and unfold it as needed.

4 / 10
Urban Outfitters
$549.00
was $699.00

If your home’s got some boho vibes going on, this table from Urban Outfitters will only enhance them. The small but spacious piece has a laid-back look thanks to its uniform, natural colors, and the rounded top and base add to the soft, chill feel. But the best part is the handwoven rattan base — you can never go wrong with rattan, especially not when it’s used to create such an eye-catching pedestal design.

5 / 10
Wayfair
$149.99
was $259.99

Hello, modern! This tall pub table takes up just a little over 2 feet, but it makes a major impact with its tapered steel legs and square bamboo top. The top is 27.5 inches wide, so there’s plenty of space to work on your laptop or enjoy your morning coffee — or both! It’s got a built-in footrest to keep you comfortable while you’re sitting up high, too. Pair it with stylish chairs to instantly upgrade your kitchen or breakfast nook.

6 / 10
Apt2B
$678.30
was $798.00

Apt 2B likens its Juniper collection to hot sauce — both go with pretty much everything. This table fits the bill. Made from Tasmanian Blackwood in a mid-century modern style, the table is somehow both simple and sophisticated. The ever-so-slightly curved edges add a bit of interest and dimension to this 3.5-square-foot table that’ll work perfectly in your space, no matter how you plan to use it (just like hot sauce, no?).

7 / 10
Walmart
$349.99
was $499.91

If you’re looking for a table that’s a little less wood-y, this glass-topped one from Home Depot is a stunning alternative. The square tempered-glass tabletop sits on four walnut-finished tapered legs — just sturdy legs; there’s no frame outlining the table to maintain the clean, clear look. The glass edges are rounded to soften the look slightly (and keep you safe should you accidentally bump into an edge, which, let’s be honest, will happen). It’s just under 3.2 square feet, so it’s perfect for small spaces but plenty large enough to seat four.

8 / 10
Bed Bath & Beyond
$667.29
was $805.99

Prepare to be amazed: This 5-by-3.5-foot table looks pretty regular, but pull the side panels to reveal roomy storage compartments perfect for holding kitchen items, work items, or just about anything else. That means you can work at this sleek rubberwood table during the day, easily tuck away your work items when the clock strikes five, and enjoy dinner and a glass of wine without even getting up. Oh, and did we mention that it comes in seven colors?

9 / 10
Burke Decor
$1749.00

This table mixes simple and sculptural beautifully. Crafted entirely of oak, the top and bottom are cut into clean, thin circles. The middle part of the base, however, features a smooth twisting design so well executed you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s made of putty rather than wood. The artistic table’s perfect for a small corner in the kitchen — at just under 2.3 feet in diameter, it can easily fit two for mealtime while offering plenty of room to work during the day.

10 / 10
Floyd
$476.00

If you haven’t heard of Floyd yet, now’s the time to put the brand on your radar. The design company is dedicated to making furniture that lasts forever — structurally and stylistically — and this table delivers on both promises. Made of solid birch wood and powder-coated steel, it can withstand heavy use, whether that’s a day of work or a messy spaghetti dinner with kids. It’s finished with a shiny, environmentally friendly linoleum for easy cleaning, and you can choose from three finish colors and two leg colors to make the table fit your home. The table’s just under 4 feet in diameter — big enough to seat four easily but not so big you’ll struggle to find a spot for it.

Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting. 

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 10 Small-Space Dining Tables That Can Double as Work Desks