Splurging on a new dining table? Whether you're after the best dining table for two of you to dine on each night or you're searching for something for families, our roundup is here to help you make up your mind when it comes to this important decision. Because a new dining table exudes the ability to instantly refresh your space – whether that be a dining room or a kitchen diner. So, it's important that tou get it right, and that you find one that mixes well with your current furniture and home decor.
It's worth remembering, when you are setting a budget, that apart from your sofa and your bed, the dining table is probably the most important, most used piece of furniture. They're a place to eat our evening meals, yes, but can also be where we work from home, do homework, host parties... so, you do actually need to put a bit of time into choosing the best dining table to suit your needs. Luckily we've done the legwork, then.
Here we have the very best dining tables to buy, from rounded styles to extendable tables, the best dining table for small spaces (it's wall-mounted) and everything in between. If you are redecorating your entire dining room, then don't miss our dining room ideas page for plenty of design inspiration.
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Dunelm's Joseph Dining Table is perfect for blending in with a range of interior styles, whether your home is modern, Scandi-style or slightly boho. It sits on angled legs and boasts an oval rounded shape to make it child-friendly. Pair it with benches on either side – or four chairs – and you're all set for an evening of hosting.
Made from MDF and rubberwood with a PVC foiled top, all you need to do is wipe it down after each use and it should last inside your dining room for years of use. Plus, it's nice and budget-friendly. Just be warned: it's not made of real oak.
The statement-worthy Watford Round Table from La Redoute brings home all of the mid-century modern vibes. It's rounded and sits atop four lacquered black steel legs. It can seat four people, whilst it's great for smaller rooms – or an open living room and dining room – since it boasts a compact footprint. It will look equally as charming pushed into a corner as it would in the centre of a room.
With a bevelled top to add texture to your room, this table is made of walnut-veneer MDF – and with a polyurethane-varnished finish for durability purposes. Pair it with velvet styles for a retro effect, or some Eiffel-style chairs for a modern look. It's versatile...
There's no need to pay a premium price to seat six people, especially where this Habitat dining table is concerned. For injecting an industrial vibe into your dining room or open-plan space, it's also sleek looking and it would be a fitting addition to a minimalist interior style. Seat two people on either side of the table and one at each end, and enjoy everything from family gatherings to dinner parties, without having to squeeze people on the corners.
Constructed of metal with a wood-effect tabletop, you'll need two people to assemble this table. Though it's surprisingly lightweight at just 11.55kg. Why do we love it so much? Whilst being pretty sizeable, it's never bulky looking so won't overtake a small room – or a busy area.
The budget-friendly Zuri Dining Table from Dunelm is a great choice since it looks like it should be triple its price tag. It also sits on an impressively sturdy iron base. Rounded in shape to take up less space, this oval table boasts striking black angled legs, with a concrete-effect tabletop to add a luxury feel to your space. Who says you can't buy a dining table that looks high-end whilst sticking to a budget? Not us.
Pair this luxe table from Dunelm with any modern chairs, or you could even pick chairs that will add a pop of colour to your room. It has a wipeable MDF top and for the price, we think it's a total steal.
If you have a smaller space, a round dining table can be the perfect solution. The Croft Collection Iona Dining Table is just one metre round, so not huge, and it would tuck nicely into the corner of a kitchen or in a small dining room. This is a really neutral piece and 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.
You can pick between oak or black, with the latter being a really cool addition to your space since it's a bit more statement than the oak, plus dark wood is always going to be more practical. It will arrive partially assembled.
Searching for an extendable dining table? Whether your family is large or you love to host, the Walker Extending Dining Table is simply something special. It's both undeniably practical and sumptuously stylish with a textured chevron-patterned top. It sits on round splayed legs to give it a Scandi feel, whilst you can extend it in the middle to seat eight people instead of only six. It's great to use on Christmas, birthdays and other large celebrations, plus you needn't have a huge amount of space for it. We've no doubt that this is the best dining table for families.
Use this table as a six-seater during the week and when necessary, extend it to become an eight-seater to feed more mouths. It's made using European oak with rustic oak veneers with a matte lacquer for protection. It boasts natural knots and grains to make each one individual, and there's more matching furniture on offer – including a bench.
For those with not a lot of space, and if you want to enjoy dinner somewhere other than hunched over your coffee table, this Made.com option is great. The space-savvy Izzy is wall-mounted and the idea is that you pull it down if and when you want to use it. It even doubles as storage for glassware and cutlery, and when it's not in use it looks like a chalkboard on your kitchen wall. To help remember to pick up bin bags, a new carton of milk plus more. It's the best dining table for small spaces, that's for sure.
A genius invention for those who live in a home where floor space is a premium, this table is sturdily built – from engineered wood. It also sits on one solid oak leg. Although bear in mind it only seats two (or three at a push if you pop someone at the head of the table). And obviously, it will need to be wall-mounted, so might not be the best option for renters.
This Barker & Stonehouse table screams high-quality, with a chunky base and tabletop. It's built for use indoors and out – or, better yet, inside a conservatory or orangery – whilst it can seat four. It's anything but plain and is very much statement-worthy, especially when placed inside a minimalistic living room or dining area.
Made of fibre reinforced concrete from base to top, it weighs a heavy 160kg. It has an acrylic finish, too, but you'll still want to wipe up spillages ASAP.
Where to buy a dining table?
If you're still yet to find the dining table of your dreams (and your budget), then you fret: we've listed all of the best places to find a new dining table, below. Just click through to browse everything they've got on offer.