11 best contemporary dining tables

Round, rustic, Scandi, marble – oh, the possibilities. However you dine, do it in style at one of our pick of the best sleek, modern tables

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The dining table is where it all happens – lazy weekend brunches, Sunday roasts, wine-fuelled parties and Monday-night comfort food. 

Whether your taste is round or rectangular, glossy glass or warm, rich walnut; whether you live in cosy studio flat, sprawling loft apartment or suburban semi, we’ve sourced the most stylish modern to suit your space and needs. 

Contemporary not your thing? Find all the best dining room buys and decorating guides on our dedicated page – and read our guide to choosing the best dining tables to ensure yours is quality-packed.

1. Make your dining table the focal point

If you're splashing out on an investment buy, you want it to look good as the right dining table can set the tone for an entire open-plan space.

Ever-trendy marble gives this round Vortex Table, available from Calligaris, a luxurious finish, but the real pièce de resistance is the swirling metal base. It sits between four and six people. 

The Vortex by Caligaris

(Image: © Caligaris)

 2. Pick a glossy finish to brighten a dark room

No chance of this room (above) being dark with those lovely windows... but if your dining area is a little light-starved a glossy-topped table like this one will bounce much needed daylight around. 

With a gleaming quartz composite top, the Canto Dining Table from West Elm  features a light bronze base. Seating six people, it’s practical enough for a family and snazzy enough for a dinner party.

The Canto dining table by West Elm

(Image: © West Elm)

 3. Love to entertain? Invest in an extending table

Love the idea of a big long table but don't really have the space to comfortably fit one in? Consider opting for an extendable option that can cater for those people-packed dinner parties. 

The Etta Stained Oak Dining Table from Habitat extends out to seat up to eight people and, paired with a dark and atmospheric interior scheme, is effective in creating a stylish dining set up with real ambience.

Habtiat Etta table

(Image: © Habitat )

 4. Tiny flat? This compact table still seats four

If you're short on space, opt for a compact dining set that can slot into even the smallest of spaces. 

The Safia Table from Made is perfect for narrow dining areas, thanks to its organic form and the seamless look its blent plywood legs create. 

Made.com Safia table

(Image: © Made.com)

 5. Love Scandi style? Keep it simple

If (like us) you love the laid-back back feel of Scandi interiors, opt for a design that's sleek and streamlined when choosing a dining solution.

Available au naturel or painted black, the Skagerak Georg from Nest has the potential to seat up to 10 people – simply draw the legs in to make more room. Pair with stylish seat cushions for a comfy finish.

Skagerak Georg table by Nest

(Image: © Nest)

6. Swap the dining table for a flexible breakfast bar

Whether you're looking for extra, console-style table top space or simply don't have room for a full-sized table, consider a breakfast bar as a flexible solution.

You’ll feel like you’re dining out with the Farringdon Bar Table, which is available from Dunelm, as there's no better place to perch at the end of the day with a big old glass of wine? Crafted from acacia wood, it makes the perfect date night spot for two.

Dunelm Farringdon bar table

(Image: © Dunelm)

7. Go for glamour with gold

If your interiors taste is a little more on the luxe side you can't beat art deco inspired pieces which take homage from the period of glitz and glamour.

We love this combination of the Farrugia Dining Table with the Moritz Velvet Dining Chairs . Seating up to four people, it's a show-stopper that sets the scene for many a stylish soirée.

John Lewis Farrugia dining table

(Image: © John Lewis)

8. Love a relaxed look? Opt for a trestle table

Want a laid-back look for your dining area? Or perhaps your table needs to double up? 

The trestle legs on Neptune’s Hebden Dining Table make it quite the workhorse, as it can double as a (very generous) desk. In dining table-form, it comes with either a glossy glass or oak top – and the legs can be painted a glorious spectrum of colours.

Neptune Hebden dining table

(Image: © Neptune)

9. Try dark wood for a formal feel

Contemporary dining rooms needn't be eclectic and relaxed – choosing a dark wood will make it feel formal and smart.

The Java Dining Table from Cox & Cox is crafted from solid oak with a smokey dark wood stain – its burnished metal angular legs lend it a super-modern flavour. We reckon you can squeeze six people round the Java, and possibly more if you pair it with a couple of benches instead of chairs.

Cox & Cox Java dining table

(Image: © Cox & Cox)

10. On a budget? Shop smart 

There's no need to spend a fortune on a contemporary-style dining table, you just need to know where to look. 

Sometimes all-white is the easiest option and Ikea’s Ingatorp Table would work in pretty much any living space. Adaptable, it also extends out to accommodate up to six people.

White dining table in dining room by Ikea

(Image: © Ikea)

11. Choose a circular table for a small space

In a small or open-plan kitchen diner, a circular – or oval – table is the best choice because it takes up less space than a square or rectangular one. 

At its smallest, the Nordic Round Extending Dining Table from Rose and Grey seats four people – but spend two minutes extending it and hey presto... you have an oval table fit for a lively party of six.

Rose and Grey Nordic round extending dining table

(Image: © Rose and Grey)

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