Pedestal tables (with a central leg) are ideal for smaller spaces, as they offer maximum surface area and minimum space for the base. Like any other furniture in your home, measuring space is the first thing you should do before buying a dining table. Measure the length and width of the space allocated and, to avoid a cramped dining environment, subtract between 80 and 100 cm from each dimension. As a general rule, a 90 cm x 90 cm square table, or a 90 cm diameter circular table, will comfortably seat four people.
For six people, a 150 cm x 90 cm rectangular table or a 130 cm diameter circular design will work. For eight people, leave a table measuring 200 cm x 100 cm or 150 cm in diameter. This wood-effect dining table and chair set only takes up 1 m x 1 m of space, keeping your room clean and tidy. The matching chairs, with padded synthetic leather seats, hide perfectly under the table.
If you're looking for a simple dining table solution that fits small spaces, the Hearth & Hand with Magnolia square dining table is affordable. Made of solid American oak and oak veneers, this table with a folding top goes from being a small square four-seater table to an eight-seater rectangular one in an instant. Available in eight colors and made of durable metal, this cozy coffee table is the best table for a small space indoors or outdoors. A round table can visually free up space on the floor and, if you choose a glass surface (such as the Enzo round dining table in transparent tempered glass by John Lewis), you can create the illusion of a larger room.
Look for multifunctional designs, specifically space-saving dining tables with sheets that fold down, especially useful if your dining table also doubles as a work desk during the day. However, round tables are more versatile for compact spaces, such as this Scandinavian-style Odette table from our own House Beautiful Marketplace. 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. 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.
Place this table against the wall, a tip for small spaces from Sara Cukerbaum of SLIC Design, to keep the table away from the flow of traffic. 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. And if the need for a table exceeds the square footage you have, a small dining table may be sufficient. This small teak table has modern metal legs that match perfectly with Scandinavian and modern farmhouse decor.