Welcome to our gallery featuring a huge selection of different dining room tables and sets costing less than $1,000.
Some are regularly priced and some are on sale. This gallery automatically updates as the various featured online merchants change the prices.
For example, if a dining set is on sale, but that sale ends and the price goes up above $1,000, that set will be removed from the gallery below.
Size is determined by how many people it seats. Our gallery features dining room sets that seat 6, 8 and 10 people.
Why so many options?
We partner with many leading online dining room furniture retailers and so our dining room gallery includes items from multiple online retailers. This is a one-stop-shop for your dining room furniture with a budget under $1,000.
Each item includes the name of the set, price, image and button to learn more about the specific item. When you click through with the “Learn more” button, you’ll be taken to the merchant where you can buy the dining room set or table as well as where you can learn a lot more about individual product.
Image Doesn’t Look Like It Accommodates So Many People
Many of the items in our gallery come with leaves or some form of table extension which expands the number of people it seats. So, in many cases a particular product may appear to only accommodate 6 people, but when the table is extended, it can accommodate more people. The number of stated people it seats is based on it being fully extended.
How to Choose the Right Sized Dining Table
You have two options:
1. Fully extended: You can choose a table that fits in your dining room when fully extended. If you go this route, you’ll want to ensure you like the look of the table fully extended. Some tables look great extended, while others look a little too big for the table leg distribution.
The downside of this approach is that if you move to another home with a larger dining space, you won’t get the most out of your dining table.
2. Not extended: The other approach is to buy a table that fits just right when not extended. This way, you can maximize the number of people you can accommodate. In the event you need more seats you can extend it, but it might be tight. Generally, especially if there’s an opening on one of the dining space, you extend the table even if it encroaches too closely to the opening. It’s only temporary, but can be handy in a pinch.
The downside here is if your dining space can comfortably accommodate a table that seats 8 or 10 people (a large dining table), it may be a bit big for smaller dinners with only four people.
Read our Types of Dining Room Tables to learn more about the different types you can buy.
My preferred sizing method:
I prefer getting a table that fits just right in the dining space when NOT extended. This way you can accommodate more people in a pinch. More importantly, most tables look best when not extended and because you don’t have it extended most of the time, it will look best.
Our dining table and chairs, which is some of the nicest furniture we own (it’s an antique from my parents) fits really well when not extended. At this size it seats 6 people comfortably. When extended, it seats 10 (it has extensions on both ends). Fortunately our dining room is such that it opens up into the living room so extending the table is no problem whatsoever. We frequently host large dinners so it’s served us very well.
In addition to deciding on table style, material, design and size, you must choose chairs. If you buy a set, this makes the decision easy. If not, you need to buy chairs. There are 3 chair configuration options:
1. Chair/Bench combo: Dining room benches for seating are quite popular these days. I’m not a fan of them because they aren’t that comfortable, but they’re great for kids and you can usually squeeze an extra person (or two if kids).
2. Same Chairs: You can opt to get the same chairs for every seat. This gives a nice uniform look.
3. Different head chairs: One dining room design technique that can be very effective is to get two different chairs for the head of the table. When you do this, you want to ensure these two head chairs work with the design of the other chairs. We do this when our table is fully extended, but the two head chairs don’t really match the other six chairs so it’s not ideal. It just turned out we had these two head chairs from long ago and so it’s what we have.
What I don’t like
The one type of dining set up I don’t care for are the elevated tables with stool seating. I can see the appeal; it gives the look and feel of a bar; however, sitting on stools even if they have a back, simply are not that comfortable. While my kids love sitting high up, they’re a hassle with young kids (not to mention more dangerous).