Best dining tables: 5 buys for your kitchen diner

Looking for the best dining table? Your search ends here...

Ercol for John Lewis Shalstone Dining Table
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We do ask a lot of dining tables, don't we? Because, apart from the sofa and probably the bed, they are the most important, most used piece of furniture in our homes. They're a place to eat our evening meals, yes, but can also be where we WFH, do homework, host parties... so do you have actually to put a bit of time into choosing the best dining table to suit your needs...

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wooden dining table from made

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1. Made.com Iona Extra Large Dining Table

Best dining table

Specifications
Best for: Large Families
Material: Solid Pine
Seats: 6-10
Size: H76cm x W240cm x D100cm
Reasons to buy
+A sturdy, yet contemporary table+Sits a large amount of people
Reasons to avoid
-May be too large for some spaces

If you need seat a small village, or just love the rustic, farmhouse look, the Iona dining table from Made.com could be the best choice for you...

What size is it?

It's huge. It seats 10 (there is an eight seater too), so it really is massive, not ideal if you have a small dining room, but if space isn't an issue, this is a gorgeous piece of furniture. It's just such a classic design, the solid pine is great quality so you know it's going to last. 

Which room styles will it suit?

It's definitely got a rustic, country vibe to it so if you have a more traditional kitchen or dining space it would work. That's not to say you couldn't have this is a modern room, stick some cool contemporary chairs around it and the contrast would be very cool. 

Colour and finish options?

There are two options to choose from; light wood with grey legs or just light wood all over. It's worth mentioning the matching benches too, which also are available in plain wood or grey. 

Assembled or flat pack?

There is some assembly required.

Dunelm dining table

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2. Dunelm Torino dining table

The best cheap dining table

Specifications
Best for: Price
Material: MDF
Seats: 4-6
Size: H74cm x W140cm x D75cm
Reasons to buy
+Good price +Stylish design 
Reasons to avoid
-Some may prefer solid wood to MDF

If you are after a more budget-friendly dining table, you can't go wrong with Dunelm. They have some gorgeous pieces at amazing prices, but we chose the Torino dining table as the best...

What size is it?

It seats four comfortably, six at a squeeze so it would be good if you have guests over occasionally but on the daily don't need loads of space. It's also quite narrow too so could be a good choice if you are fitting this into an open-plan kitchen.

Which room styles will it suit?

There is definitely a Scandi vibe here with the tall, tapered legs and the grey finish. We can imagine this with some spindle back chairs around it, each with a sheepskin thrown over and a vase of bare branches in the middle. Oh look how convenient, Dunelm make the exact chairs we made in mind.

Colour and finish options?

Grey is your only option here. But if you eventually get bored of the grey this would be the easiest piece of furniture to paint. 

Assembled or flat pack?

There is some self-assembly required. 

John Lewis dining table

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3. Croft Collection Iona 4 Seater Round Dining Table

The best circular dining table

Specifications
Best for: Round shape
Material: Solid oak, oak veneers
Seats: up to 4
Size: H75cm x Dia.100cm
Reasons to buy
+Good for small spaces+Beautiful wood finish

If you have a smaller space, a round dining table can be the perfect solution. We've picked the Croft Collection Iona 4 Seater Round Dining Table for the best choice...

What size is it?

It's metre round, so not huge, it would tuck nicely into the corner of a kitchen or in a small dining room. Probably not the best option if you are a family bigger than four though and this is going to be your main dining table. 

Which room styles will it suit?

Literally any. This is a really neutral piece. The tapered legs do give it a slightly Scandi look, but that style is so versatile this would fit so easily into any existing scheme you have going on.  

Colour and finish options?

You can pick between oak or black – have a look at the black, it could be a really cool addition to your space, it's a bit more statement than the oak, plus dark wood is always going to be more practical. 

Assembled or flat pack?

This comes partially assembled. 

Made.com extendable dining table

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4. Made.com Ralph Extending Dining Table

The best extendable dining table

Specifications
Best for: Extendable design
Material: Engineered wood, Oak Veneer, Solid Oak, Spild birch
Seats: 6-8
Size: H77cm x W174/214cm x D87cm
Reasons to buy
+Extendable for more guests+Storage drawer+Timeless style 
Reasons to avoid
-Table top is two different types of finish

Extendable dining tables are a game-changer. You can host all your guest round the same table but once they all clear off you aren't left with a massive table for just a few of you. Our pick of the best extendable dining table is the Ralph dining table...

What size is it?

Well that's the beauty of extendable dining room tables isn't it, you can change the size. This one can seat up to 8 when it's extended and six when it's not, so it's still pretty sizeable even at it's smallest. 

Which room styles will it suit?

It's Shaker in style which means it will suit pretty much any space. The shape is nice and simple, but it's the colourways that might affect whether this will suit your room or not...

Colour and finish options?

Speaking of colourways, your choice here is either teal or grey, both lovely and not too out there, but it does mean you'll have to factor this into your kitchen or dining room colour scheme. 

Assembled or flat pack?

It comes part assembled, but it's just a case of screwing on the legs. It is quite heavy though, so it probably going to be a two-person job. 

Next bar set

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5. Next Ellison Bar Set

The best dining table (that's actually a bar set)

Specifications
Best for: Small kitchens
Material: Engineered wood and black metal
Seats: 4
Size: H90cm x W120cm x D65cm
Reasons to buy
+Empty List
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

Okay so it's not a dining table in the traditional sense, but if you have a small kitchen or if you have a separate dining room and just want somewhere to sit and have your breakfast in the kitchen, something like this Next Ellison bar set would be perfect...

What size is it?

The set is really compact, especially as you can push the chairs under the table and they fit perfectly – ideal if you have a small kitchen. 

Which room styles will it suit?

It quite contemporary in style with the darker wood and black metal, and probably wouldn't be best suited to a traditional kitchen, but if you like a modern look it would fit in fine. 

Colour and finish options?

You can pick from black or grey metal legs. 

Assembled or flat pack?

It comes flat packed – you have to assemble both the table and bar stools. 

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