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29 Types Of Dining Room Tables (Extensive Buying Guide)

Here's the extensive dining room table buying guide loaded with buying tips along with 29 types of dining room tables.
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Purchasing a new dining table is an extremely personal experience for many reasons. This furniture will be the centerpiece of a dining room where you entertain guests and share important meals with family.

The dining table will be both seen and utilized more than a lot of home furniture, so the choice is never made lightly.

We are here to help guide you toward the perfect table for your home by breaking down the shapes, materials, and styles available today. Our featured dining table, is a modern minimalist design, blending natural wood and high tech glass, with foldable leaves at each end.

Read on for explanations and examples of each of the important shapes you’ll come across when looking to make your dining table purchase. After this major decision, move on to the build material you’ll want to select. Finally, we bring you a suite of styles to fit your lifestyle and home as perfectly as can be.  FYI, go here for small dining tables.

Related: Dining Room and Table Dimension Charts for 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 People

Shape

In general terms, the overall shape of your table should be the first consideration. Once you’ve decided on a shape, the materials and style may follow. We have provided a pair of examples for each shape, to emphasize the wild variation within each category.

Also see our parts of a dining room table here.

1. Rectangular

As the most popular table shape, rectangle comprises the most populated category. Being the most functional shape allows for a playfulness of style that spawns a wide variety of tables.

As the most popular table shape, rectangle comprises the most populated category. Being the most functional shape allows for a playfulness of style that spawns a wide variety of tables.

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Our second example is a glossy, minimalist rectangle table.

Our second example is a glossy, minimalist rectangle table.

Rectangle dining room table gallery:

2. Square

The square is the simplest table design. Four legs, equidistant from each other. These are perfect for four diners and compact spaces.

The square is the simplest table design. Four legs, equidistant from each other. These are perfect for four diners and compact spaces.

Our second square table design features a glossy white surface and ultra-minimalist design, perfect for brightening any space.

Our second square table design features a glossy white surface and ultra-minimalist design, perfect for brightening any space.

Square dining room table gallery:

3. Round

Round tables allow for shifting seating options, and often hold features such as hinged edges or a leaf, which turns it into an oval shape.

Round tables allow for shifting seating options, and often hold features such as hinged edges or a leaf, which turns it into an oval shape.

Our second round table is a striking all-wood example, with central lazy Susan built-in.

Our second round table is a striking all-wood example, with central lazy Susan built-in.

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4. Oval

The oval design is a popular choice, allowing for the sensuous curves of a round table, but with a lengthier surface area providing more space for diners.

The oval design is a popular choice, allowing for the sensuous curves of a round table, but with a lengthier surface area providing more space for diners.

Our second oval table example is a modern minimalist design, with a narrow, long body over wire frame legs.

Our second oval table example is a modern minimalist design, with a narrow, long body over wire frame legs.

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5. Freeform

The idea of freeform design is that there is no concrete definition. This category comprises any tables that do not fit within standard shapes. Our first example stands in a rotated L-shape, with a pair of standard legs supporting opposite a full slab.

The idea of freeform design is that there is no concrete definition. This category comprises any tables that do not fit within standard shapes. Our first example stands in a rotated L-shape, with a pair of standard legs supporting opposite a full slab.

Our second freeform example stands a rounded triangle shape in contemporary glass and metal construction, with lengthy sides for two diners each.

Our second freeform example stands a rounded triangle shape in contemporary glass and metal construction, with lengthy sides for two diners each.

Top Material

The tabletop is where you’ll interact most directly and often with your dining table. It is, of course, the most important element of any table’s construction. When you’re happy with its appearance, you can forego placing a tablecloth. While many designs are holistic, with the same material used throughout, some tables feature a different top material than the frame build, so we are focusing on this aspect for our material category.

6. Wood

Our example wood table is a unique piece, with one side of the structure holding ample built-in shelving for decorative or utilitarian storage.

Our example wood table is a unique piece, with one side of the structure holding ample built-in shelving for decorative or utilitarian storage.

7. Glass

Glass tabletops bring an elegant, airy feeling to any dining room, opening up the visual space and providing a clean, modern surface to interact with. Our featured model stands on a graphite X-shaped frame.

Glass tabletops bring an elegant, airy feeling to any dining room, opening up the visual space and providing a clean, modern surface to interact with. Our featured model stands on a graphite X-shaped frame.

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8. Laminate

The laminate tabletop is based on a multilayered construction, allowing for a sturdy, appealing, yet wear-resistant surface. Our example here is a white PVC laminated table with chrome ring frame.

The laminate tabletop is based on a multilayered construction, allowing for a sturdy, appealing, yet wear-resistant surface. Our example here is a white PVC laminated table with chrome ring frame.

9. Metal

Metal tabletops bring a modern, hard edged touch to any dining room. The material is stain resistant, hardy, and cool to the touch, and fits well with industrial or contemporary styled spaces.

Metal tabletops bring a modern, hard edged touch to any dining room. The material is stain resistant, hardy, and cool to the touch, and fits well with industrial or contemporary styled spaces.

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10. Marble

Marble is often seen in homes as a kitchen counter top, but can be found on certain luxurious dining table models. Imbuing any space with an elegant, rich tone, marble tabletops will present a heavy, textural surface that’s cool to the touch and easy to clean.

Marble is often seen in homes as a kitchen counter top, but can be found on certain luxurious dining table models. Imbuing any space with an elegant, rich tone, marble tabletops will present a heavy, textural surface that's cool to the touch and easy to clean.

11. Tile

One of the more unique tabletop constructions involves the use of tile. Whether across the entire surface, or used artfully in specific placements (usually framed in wood), tile can make for a textural, detailed surface to dine on.

One of the more unique tabletop constructions involves the use of tile. Whether across the entire surface, or used artfully in specific placements (usually framed in wood), tile can make for a textural, detailed surface to dine on.

Style

The final element of important consideration when shopping for a new dining table is style. Here you will choose the visual language of your new furniture. Style is the way your

12. Traditional

Traditional style is still the most common you’ll find when shopping for dining tables. With elegantly carved wood, detailed textures, and rich proportions, this style is timeless and powerful.

Traditional style is still the most common you'll find when shopping for dining tables. With elegantly carved wood, detailed textures, and rich proportions, this style is timeless and powerful.

13. Modern

Modern style evokes a graceful mixture of utility and aesthetics that flourished beginning in the 20th century, with clean lines and sharp angles framing unfussy surfaces. This table brings a thin, airy element to any room.

Modern style evokes a graceful mixture of utility and aesthetics that flourished beginning in the 20th century, with clean lines and sharp angles framing unfussy surfaces. This table brings a thin, airy element to any room.

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14. Rustic

Rustic style utilizes unpainted wood in more natural, hand-carved shapes for a simplistic, back-to-nature feel that is popular in cabins and cottages across the country. Our featured example has a rounded log-style frame beneath a soft edged flat table top.

Rustic style utilizes unpainted wood in more natural, hand-carved shapes for a simplistic, back-to-nature feel that is popular in cabins and cottages across the country. Our featured example has a rounded log-style frame beneath a soft edged flat table top.

15. Industrial

Industrial style is meant to convey the look and feel of factory machinery and tools, with naked metal and bold, strong wood shapes paired into a purposeful look. Our example table features a crossed I-beam frame and natural hardwood tabletop.

Industrial style is meant to convey the look and feel of factory machinery and tools, with naked metal and bold, strong wood shapes paired into a purposeful look. Our example table features a crossed I-beam frame and natural hardwood tabletop.

16. Shaker

Shaker furniture is defined by a direct focus on simplicity and utility, bereft of unnecessary embellishment. Our example table in natural wood tone features a solid rectangular construction, simple lines, and a matching set of dining room chairs.

Shaker furniture is defined by a direct focus on simplicity and utility, bereft of unnecessary embellishment. Our example table in natural wood tone features a solid rectangular construction, simple lines, and a matching set of chairs.

17. Contemporary

Contemporary design can appear in a wide variety of looks, so long as they meaningfully present an “of the now,” up to date appearance. Contemporary tables can be found in every type of material and every shape configuration. Our example features an all white circular construction from the base up to the tabletop.

Contemporary design can appear in a wide variety of looks, so long as they meaningfully present an "of the now," up to date appearance. Contemporary tables can be found in every type of material and every shape configuration. Our example features an all white circular construction from the base up to the tabletop.

Capacity

Dining room table capacity refers to how many people can comfortable be seated at the table.  As you can imagine, capacity varies considerably.

While you want to maximize seating capacity, you don’t want to end up with a crammed dining room where nobody has any space to get in and out of their seat.

18. 2 Person Dining Table

 

 

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19. 4 People

4-person dining room table in formal dining room.

4-person dining room table in formal dining room.

20. 6 People

6-person dining room table

6-person dining room table

21. 8 People

8-person dining room table in formal dining room.

8-person dining room table in formal dining room.

22. 10+ People

Large 10-person dining room table in large formal dining room in luxury home.

Large 10-person dining room table in large formal dining room in luxury home.

Types of Dining Table Bases

23. 4-Legs

Dining table with 4 simple legs

Dining table with 4 simple legs

4-leg trestle hybrid dining table.

4-leg trestle hybrid dining table.

4 legged dining room table with support beams

4 legged dining room table with support beams

4-legged dining table with cross beams

4-legged dining table with cross beams

24. Pedestal Base

Pedestal base dining room table

Pedestal base dining room table

Custom modern pedestal base dining room table.

Custom modern pedestal base dining room table.

25. Trestle Base

Trestle-base dining room table

Trestle-base dining room table

26. Cross-Legged Base

Cross leg dining room table base

Cross leg dining room table base

27. Sawhorse Base

Sawhorse base dining room table

Sawhorse base dining room table

Table Top Types

28. Slab Top

Slab top: No drop down or under top frame. Results in more legroom.

Slab top: No drop down or under top frame. Results in more legroom.

29. Drop Top (Framed-In Top)

Drop top: Frame built under top for added support. Results in less leg clearance.

Drop top: Frame built under top for added support. Results in less leg clearance.

Types of Table Legs

Below is an illustration showcasing 3 popular types of table legs.  The other type is a straight leg – whether straight round or straight square.

3 types of table legs: spindle, tapered and cabriole

3 types of table legs: spindle, tapered and cabriole

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