Not everyone has a 3,000 sq. ft. house that accommodates an eight-person dining table.
That’s right, some people have a 10,000 sq. ft. house with a 12 person dining table.
Not the direction you thought this was going, is it?
All kidding aside, when you have a small space and let’s face it, most of us have lived in tiny spaces, you don’t want to be crammed in yet you want to enjoy furniture options like larger homes.
I lived in small spaces for years. I liked it actually. It’s fun making it work. I sure had fun researching this article even though I have a bit more house than what would be considered “tiny”.
If you’re looking for some great small dining table options, we have you covered. See our diverse list and examples below.
We know that’s not every option available. It’s merely a smattering… but it’s a carefully selected smattering of the different types of small dining sets and tables you can get.
We include the traditional rectangle table for four but then you’ll see some clever designs for the truly tiny places.
1. Zinus Becky Farmhouse Square Wood Dining Table
If you’re looking for a solid wood dining table, but don’t want to break the bank, Zinus’s new Becky Farmhouse Square Wood Dining Table is worth considering. At well under $300, it’s a solid, square table that can seat four people. In addition to being constructed from solid wood, its stylish white legs with a natural tabletop would be a nice design fit in any small dining room or eat-in kitchen area. Love this.
2. 36″ Tall Small Dining Table for 2 (with storage shelf)
This type of casual dining table is ideal for tiny spaces. You get a shelf and if it’s just one or two people in the space, this will work perfectly taking up a few sq. ft. at most. You can tuck this against a wall or it can be a small kitchen island that doubles as a place to eat in a small kitchen. Ideal for apartments, in-law suites, small condos and townhouses or if you just want a small dining area in your larger home.
3. Williston Forge Vidette 3 Piece Counter Height Dining Table
Okay, not the most comfortable dining solution but it saves space. You only need 4 feet of wall space to put this up against and you have a dedicated area in your place for eating. After all, eating on the sofa all the time gets old. Sometimes it’s nice to have a dedicated place to eat.
But that’s not all – this nicely doubles as a drinks place in a game room or entertainment space.
4. 5-Piece Small Kitchen Dining Table Set
This glass-top small dining table is modern and sophisticated. It’s a 5-piece collection containing a dining table with a glass top for an elegant touch and easy surface to put food & beverages
Durably made with a steel frame and seats with cushioned faux leather along with a curved backrest to help ensure a comfy place that lasts for a long time to come.
You can place this small dining table in a dinette area, kitchen eating area, or dining room. This dining table set seats up to 4 people with a rectangular table ideal for family-style dishes, dinner with friends (not a party though).
In the event of spills, the water-resistant, glass table allows the simplest cleanup potential; just wipe up them in only moments!
SPACE SAVER: Tuck the four seats in to get a streamlined design which makes this collection a perfect selection for the dining room of living spaces like an apartment, studio, and much more; TABLE DIMENSIONS: 47″(L) x 27.5″(W) x 30.75″(H); Chair Capacity: 250 lbs.; Table Capacity: 80 lbs.
5. Ebern Designs Pavon Mabel Dining Table
This small glass and metal round dining table is not for everyone but if you like glam or chic, it’s a great fit. I totally see this looking amazing in a modern white-walled kitchen/dining area in a small condo or eat-in kitchen in a larger house.
For the money, you get some design effort… curved legs and an interesting mirror that you can see through the glass tabletop.
Sorry, chairs not included but the bright side is that 4 people can fit around this option.
It’s definitely a space-saver coming in at 39.5″ wide and long and 29.5″ tall.
6. Signature Design by Ashley Hammis – Drop Leaf Table
Every space-saving table article needs at least one with drop-leafs like this one.
The leaves make it possible to slide up against a wall but when you need more table surface area you just pull it out and lift the leaves. Simple.
It’s 36″ wide and 36″ deep and rises 30″ in height.
Yes, it’s wood – made from birch. And yes, it comes in different colors.
7. New Classic Furniture Mid-Century Modern Oscar Corner Table
Awwww, now that’s a cool small dining table. It butts up against a wall to save space yet provides enough dining area for two people.
No, you won’t host a dinner party on this table but it’s ideal for an eating space in a small apartment if you value style.
Made with walnut wood, it’s decent quality. Size-wise it’s the typical 29.5″ tall which is ample height for regular dining chairs.
Speaking of chairs, they aren’t included.
8. Dorel Living Montgomery 3-Piece Dining Set
Let’s go industrial in style for your loft apartment or cutting edge interiors.
This small round counter height industrial-style dining table set is also perfect for small apartments or on the side in a game room. It definitely has a hipster pub vibe that works in all kinds of settings.
9. Zinus Becky Farmhouse Dining Table with Two Benches
It’s Zinus Becky again. Yeah, I like this style and color pattern.
This is a tad bigger than the other Zinus Becky table we feature. A big bonus is this item comes with the two benches as well.
Okay, I’m not big on bench seating but it’s a space-saving feature because you can slide the benches under the table when not using it. While this isn’t necessary in a 3,000 sq. ft. house, it can make a big difference in a 450 sq. ft. condo.
It’s made of pine wood. It’s painted for country-style interiors.
10. Andover Mills™ Elderton Dining Table
Looks bigger than it is but it’s one of the bigger small dining tables we’re featuring.
We want to provide a variety of small dining tables from tiny to space-saving to smaller dining options.
This is one of those comfortable dining table sets with comfortable chairs and the chunky look that’s popular.
It looks solid and guess what? It is solid… solid wood that is.
Please note that the chairs aren’t included. Isn’t it annoying when they showcase a dining table with chairs, you order it and there are no chairs. I don’t like it but I get that it helps sell the table. So be warned that CHAIRS ARE NOT INCLUDED.
11. Orren Ellis Careen Dining Table
I don’t know if this some cool ultra modern dining table or some vintage ’50s diner table. Kinda fits both. Either way, I like this small dining table for four people as long as it’s in the right interior.
This is not going to work in a rustic or country-style home.
But if you have a modern or glam style interior, this would look fabulous.
Again, according to the website – chairs NOT included.
Size: 31″ tall, 48″ long and 36″ wide… not the smallest we feature but definitely falls on the smaller end of the dining table size spectrum.
12. Ivy Bronx Badillo 5 Piece Dining Set
How’s that for space-saving design? Kind of clever. I don’t care for the look – too chunky for me but I appreciate the cleverness behind it. I really do. Moreover, it’s reasonably comfortable with solid seating and a table.
This accommodates 4 people in a space-saving way. Tuck it against a wall or place it in the middle of a small dining room.
What kind of wood is this made from? It’s manufactured wood. Sorry, it’s not cherry or mahogany. That would be nice but when you see the reasonable price, you’ll understand why it’s not real wood.
13. Winsome Wood Suzanne Kitchen Island with Stool Dining
Clever clever clever!
Here’s a kitchen island on wheels that is transformer-like with stored stools. The leaf comes up, the stools come out, and voila… you have a small dining table.
When the feast is over, tuck the stools underneath, fold down the leaf and you have a small kitchen island to prepare your next meal.
It’s made from wood. It weighs only 57 pounds. It’s 32.75″ tall which is in between a regular dining table and counter-height.
Yes, the stools are included.
Other space saving features include: storage drawers, paper towel holder and wheels (wheel it into hiding if necessary).
The above collection of small dining tables offers a variety of options including round, square and rectangle options.
I bet you have some questions about this space-saving dining concept. I know I did. Here’s some FAQ.
The first question is my favorite. Yes, it’s asked a lot…
What is a small dining table called?
Answer: a small dining table.
Haha, it’s also referred to as a space-saving dining set. If it’s tiny you want, it’s a TV dinner tray.
What table shape is best for a small space?
I prefer rectangle or square above round and oval by a country mile. Since this is one of those “what do you prefer” questions, I’m going to say rectangle or square. I like symmetry. In most instances where you have a square or rectangle room, a square or rectangle table is most efficient. It can slide up flush against a wall or in the corner saving even more space. Yup, “rectangle or square” is my final answer.
Do dining chairs have to fit under the table?
No, they don’t but if you want to save space it can help. You’ll notice that several small dining tables we feature include the ability to put the chairs/benches under the table.
Can you put a small round dining table on a rectangle rug?
Yes, you can. I like that look actually. Just be sure the rug is large enough to accommodate the table and chairs when people are seated at it. I don’t like sitting on dining chairs where the rear legs are off the rug and front legs on the rug.
Can you put a small round dining table in a rectangle dining room?
Yes, you can. If you couldn’t, round dining tables wouldn’t be as popular as they are because round rooms aren’t exactly all that common. I prefer rectangle or square tables but if you like round but have a rectangle dining room, get the round table. It’ll look just fine.
What are some dining table space-saving features?
Space-saving dining table features include leaves, tuck-under seating, kitchen island/table hybrid and any table that butts up flush against a wall.
Is a small kitchen table considered a small dining table?
Sure. I consider it a dining table. Whether you have a separate formal dining room table or in-kitchen dining, it’s a dining table.
Our original (older list) of small dining tables
1. Bonenfant Dining Table
With a diameter of 42 inches, this little dining table may be a great choice for kids who enjoy holding tea parties with their friends. It’s 29.5 inches tall, so it offers just enough space for most adult legs. You get a choice of six color configurations too, ranging from linen white to a nice and dark cappuccino color.
It only weighs 45 pounds, so you can easily test out all sorts of placements without tiring yourself out. Small dining tables like these are a great choice for limited apartment spaces too, as you can use them to break the room up.
It seats four people, though you may find that’s a slightly tight squeeze given its size. The pedestal base has four little legs, which lend it some added stability, plus it has a matte finish. It’s all made using MDF, meaning it can take a beating, though you may find the surface scratches a touch too easy.
The table is also small enough to use as a centerpiece in larger homes. You could pop a vase of flowers on top to really catch the eye and impress any visitors to your home.
- Comes with a choice of colors that are varied enough to suit most interior design choices
- Ideal for small apartment spaces
- Attractive and stable pedestal base
- MDF scratches easier than you may like
- Though you can fit four chairs around it, you may not fit four people
2. Belham Living Round Carter Dining Table
With its four-legged base, this is one of those small dining tables that’s practically impossible to tip over unless you lift it off the ground to physically topple it. Weighing in at 55 pounds, it is indeed easy to lift, so you can enjoy trying it in different places until you find the right spot. Each of the four legs has little slats attached at the top too, lending the table even more stability.
It has a 5-inch diameter, making it one of the larger small dining tables around. You won’t fit a bunch of three-course meals on it, but it’s ideal for sharing a small brunch or a glass of wine with a couple of friends.
It’s made using a combination of engineered wood and rubberwood which have been given a nice walnut finish. Traditionalists will love how easily it slots into a wood-based interior design. It seats four people too, though it may be better suited for more intimate dinners with a loved one.
Unfortunately, you don’t receive any chairs as part of the package. It also requires a little bit of assembly. Still, it comes with a 30-day returns policy, so you may be able to return it if it frustrates you too much.
- The elegant wooden design makes it a hit in traditionally designed homes
- A combination of rubber wood and engineered wood give it a certain strength
- Perfect for couples who enjoy sharing intimate meals together
- Four-leg design really improves stability
- It does require some assembly upon arrival
- No choice of colors
3. Coaster Home Furnishing Three-Piece Dining Set
As round small dining room tables go, this may be one of the most complete sets on the market. Not only do you get the table, but this also comes with a couple of chairs. All of that comes without costing the Earth, making it a great choice for people who don’t want to search for the perfect chairs to go with their tables.
It has four legs and a rounded finish, with leaves on either end that you can drop down if needed. It has a 35-inch diameter when the leaves are raised. The chairs feature the same cappuccino finish as the table, and have a bit of cream padding as well.
The hardwood construction ensures the table will last a long time if it’s treated well. It is on the heavier side, at just over 57 pounds, but that only lends more to the stability of the structure. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a breakfast table, but you may also find it suits a sitting room as a decorative piece.
- Comes with a pair of padded chairs
- The two leaves offer you some choice when it comes to style
- Nice dark cappuccino finish
- Solid and sturdy hardwood construction
- There’s no denying that the chairs are a touch on the small side
- It’s difficult to assemble and you may need two people for the task
B. Compact Square Dining Tables
1. Winsome Wood Groveland Square Dining Table
Simplicity and elegance are the names of the game here, as this is one of those small dining tables that comes with no frills attached. The simple four-legged construction may not make it the most stylish piece around, but it does lend it some versatility. You can use it as a small breakfast table, or tuck it away in the corner of a sitting room for use as a decorative piece.
Made using solid wood, it has a pretty walnut finish. You can switch this to an oak finish, which more closely matches many people’s design preference, but that will cost you a little extra. It’s one of the smaller tables on the list too, with each side being 29.5 inches.
It offers a little over 26 inches of space from the floor to the table, plus it all ships in a single box. You’ll need to put it together, but that’s a pretty simple task given the nature of the table. It only weighs 31 pounds too, so moving it around won’t be a problem if you decide to change the look of your room.
- The simple and elegant design means it fits in well in almost any room
- You have a choice between a dark walnut and traditional oak finish
- Offers plenty of legroom given its small stature
- Hardwood construction makes it one of the sturdier small dining tables
- You have to pay extra if you want the oak version
- Has a very visible seam running across the top
2. Bronwen Wood Dining Table With Leaf Extension
The huge seam running through the middle of this table hides a little secret. You can pull the table apart to reveal a hidden compartment, which contains a couple of extra table pieces that fold out to make this table bigger. So, while it’s one of the better small dining tables, it also doubles as a six-seater table when needed.
That hidden feature isn’t all it has going for it. The table is 29 inches in length and 40 inches in width without the extension, with another 10 inches in width added on top if you decide to pull it out. Standing 29.5 inches tall, it offers a surprising amount of legroom too.
Bronwen uses wood stained in a dark brown for the top-half of the table, while the legs are a lighter off-white color. Unfortunately, you don’t get a choice when it comes to the color scheme, so you may want to look elsewhere if those colors don’t suit your room.
It’s a solid table too, though some assembly is needed. Thankfully, the package comes with all of the tools that you’ll need, so you don’t have to take a trip to the tool shed just to get the legs in place. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with any chairs.
- Center leaf extension allows you to turn this from a small table into a larger dining table
- Offers a lot of leg room
- Easy to assemble, and it comes with all of the tools that you need
- Only available in a single color pattern
- The extension does leave an unsightly seam running through the middle when folded in
3. Prudhomme Dining Table
Another one of those square small dining tables with a leaf extension, this works brilliantly as a little breakfast bar. Just prop the straight edge up against a wall and pull out the extension to give yourself a nice little curved table. It has four white legs, with a traditional oak pattern used for the top of the table.
You do have the option of buying it in black, though that costs a little more. Without the extension, it measures 30 x 30 inches, with the 29-inch height offering ample legroom for most people. The extension adds a little extra length, giving you the option of seating someone else at the end of the table.
You need to assemble it, but the package comes with the tools and instructions you need to get the job done. It only weighs 40 pounds too, so it’s easy to move around.
- Curved leaf extension adds a touch of style
- Offers plenty of legroom for such a small table
- Comes with detailed assembly instructions and tools
- You have to pay extra for the black variant
- The screws for the leaf portion are a little shorter than expected
C. Small Rectangle Dining Tables
1. Charlton Home Bushman Dining Table
With its sleek and elegant design, you get one of the classiest small dining tables around with Charlton Home’s offering. Its sheer white coloring makes it a great choice as a decorative piece, as you can set some flowers against it to really make it stand out. Put it in a room with plenty of natural light and it looks amazing.
The table features a mix of rubberwood and engineered wood, with a simple four-leg construction offering further rigidity. You can seat four people too, though it’s just as at home when used as a work desk for one.
Its 45-inch length makes it one of the larger small dining tables, and the 28-inch width means there’s more than enough space for end table diners. It only weighs 46 pounds too, so you won’t experience any issues with moving it around.
There is some assembly required, though the table comes with the hardware you need to get the job done.
- Looks stunning when bathed in natural light
- One of the roomier small dining tables
- The combination of rubber and engineered wood improve stability
- Comes with the tools needed for assembly
- The white finish stains too easily and is difficult to clean
- Little nicks and scratches may become a problem over time
2. Steve Silver Abaco Dining Table
Like the Bronwen above, the seam running through this table hides a leaf that you can use to extend this table by 12 inches. When fully extended, it has a 60-inch length, though this drops to 48 inches when you seal the middle part. It’s also 36 inches wide and 30 inches high, putting it right at the upper end of the size limit for small dining tables.
Made using acacia wood, it combines that finish with a beautiful walnut coloring. The leg detail is particularly impressive, and the blocks in the corners clearly improve stability. The 88-pound weight shows you just how solid this table is, but it also makes it a touch more difficult to move than most small dining tables.
There are matching chairs for this table, though you have to buy them separately. It also requires some assembly, which may prove difficult given its larger size.
- Extends through a center leaf, making it ideal for when you have guests
- Attractive two-tone finish that blends acacia wood with walnut
- One of the most solid small dining tables available
- Difficult to assemble and may require some extra tools
- While it has matching chairs, you have to pay extra for them
You must consider the space available to you when choosing between small dining tables. Square and rectangular tables can tuck nicely into little nooks and crannies. However, a circular table may be the perfect choice if you’re looking for something to act as an eye-catching centerpiece in a small space.
Of course, the materials play a part too. The modern design seems to lean towards natural wood tones, though it’s still important to check for a good finish. MDF, and similar materials, can also look great but they’re more prone to scratching.
For the best in small dining tables, look for a leaf that lets you extend the table as needed.