10 best traditional dining tables

Hark back to the good old days before TV dinners by investing in a practical, hardy dining table. Crack out the pot roast – these are the best tables for a traditional dining room

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Looking for a new dining table to suit your revamped dining room or kitchen? You can recapture the spirit of the traditional dining room with these design classics. 

1. Choose white for easy coordination

Sometimes all-white is just right, and the Ingatorp table would work in pretty much any living space or open-plan kitchen diner. It is also adaptable, as it extends out to accommodate up to six people. It costs £260, Ikea.

Ikea Ingatorp table in white

(Image: © Ikea Ingatorp table)

2. Pick pine for a country kitchen

This pine six-seater is what every country kitchen or dining room needs. Crafted in France, its rustic vintage-style pine top will bear the brunt of hot dishes and spills – plus the distressed grey painted finish is shabby-chic at its best. £775, Cox and Cox. 

Cox and Cox’s pine six-seater table

(Image: © Cox and Cox’s pine six-seater table)

3. Choose polished oak for a formal feel

Inspired by the formal but practical look of the late 19th century Arts and Crafts movement, the Hemingway table is made from oak, and is hand-polished with wax lacquer. This one’s a whopper, seating up to 10 people when extended. It costs £2,399, John Lewis. 

John Lewis Hemingway table

(Image: © John Lewis Hemingway table)

4. Look for pedestal table legs for plenty of legroom

This capacious Redmire table can accommodate quite the feast – eight to 10 people – so is practically made for big dinners. Carved from recycled oak, the sturdy pedestal-based legs are the real stand-out feature. It costs £1625, Barker and Stonehouse.

Barker and Stonehouse Redmire table

(Image: © Barker and Stonehouse Redmire table)

5. Choose a round table for a small space

Round tables are first-rate because not only do they seat odd numbers of people, but they are more likely to encourage conversation, too. Plus, they're perfect for small dining rooms or kitchens. You could squeeze up to eight people around the Karlstad, and it would even suit a kitchen. It costs £1,395, Oka. 

Oka Karlstad table

(Image: © Oka Karlstad table)

6. Create decorative detail with an intricate design

The Hungerford dining table is inspired by Victorian designs – it features a gorgeous traditional ‘veranda’-style decorative skirt. Up to 10 people can tuck into their roast dinner around it – and, as seen here, it works pretty darn well as a buffet table, too. By India Jane.

India Jane Hungerford dining table

(Image: © India Jane Hungerford dining table)

7. Choose an extending table for flexibility

This reclaimed elm dining table is a strong contender for any social butterflies out there. It extends to an impressive 280 cm long – that’s right, this friend will host a party of 12 people. You'd better get inviting... It costs £1,715, Graham & Green. 

Graham & Green reclaimed elm dining table

(Image: © Graham & Green reclaimed elm dining table)

8. Dine out – or in – with a tough finish

Consider this St Mawes refectory table something of a flexible choice. At 3m in length, it can accommodate up to 10 chairs. Better still, its chunky appearance and tough finish makes it ideal for not just large kitchens or dining rooms, but for a large patio, terrace or decking area, too. It costs £1,200, Garden Trading.

Garden Trading Raw Oak table

(Image: © Garden Trading Raw Oak table)

9. Picking an investment buy? Stone will last forever

Made from reconstituted stone, the top of the Callanish dining table sits atop a spherical dual pedestal base, and boy oh boy does this beast have presence. Unsurprisingly, the Callanish is suitable as an outdoor table – that bit of extra leverage helps to justify the slightly steep price tag. Plus, it’s a colossus, seating 10 without trouble. By Oka, it costs £2,885.

Oka Callanish dining table

(Image: © Oka Callanish dining table)

10. Customise your table to suit your colour scheme

One of the terrific things about this six-seater oak Harrogate table is that you can customise the base to your liking. Choose from 40 lovely hues – Pink Peppercorn, Chestnut, Teal or Paprika – go as muted or as bold as you like. Pair it with benches instead of chairs and you might just fit a couple of extra guests round it, too. By Neptune, it costs £1,000. 

Neptune six-seater oak Harrogate table

(Image: © Neptune six-seater oak Harrogate table)

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