The rounded edges take up less space and you won't have the painful experience of bumping into sharp corners due to limited space. If you need something smaller than 42 inches, try searching for bistro tables. This 30-inch dining table from West Elm is perfect for organizing a small dining area in the corner of a living room or an open-plan apartment. As with circular tables, there's no hard and fast rule about how much space the dining table should have on all sides or how big the dining table should be.
With the solid shape of a rectangular version but without the size, a square table offers a more intimate alternative to traditional dining tables. World Market is a great place to buy small dining tables for apartments and small spaces, and they even have tables with clever space-saving features. White marble never goes out of style, and if you already have a coffee table with a marble top and you love it, you can achieve the same look in your dining room with this stunning table. If you find that your dining room is too small to accommodate a table of that size, you could consider placing a narrow table against the wall to serve as a buffet and then eat in a more informal setting, such as the living room.
This small teak table has modern metal legs that match perfectly with Scandinavian and modern farmhouse decor. Look for a round table with a pedestal base, as they offer more legroom, and eliminate any concerns about guests facing uncomfortably placed table legs. It's not hard to find a small dining table like this one, but there aren't that many to buy, as traditional dining tables are in the 75 to 90 inch range. However, an average round table can only seat two or four people (although some circular tables have extendable blades if needed).