The dining table is where it all happens – lazy weekend brunches, Sunday roasts, wine-fuelled parties and Monday-night comfort food. As such, a table that can seat everyone comfortably, while matching your interior scheme, is sure to be top of the list when choosing dining furniture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.