The best dining tables

From family gatherings to meals for one, we name the best dining tables available to purchase right now

Ercol for John Lewis Shalstone Dining Table
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The dining table forms an integral part of daily life, not only providing a place to eat, but a central spot for gathering with friends and family to engage in conversation. With this in mind, it's definitely worth putting some thought into your purchase.

From size to style, there's a lot to bare in mind when making a decision. With this in mind, we've come up with an edit of the best dining tables currently available. While varying in design, what they all have in common is quality, making it easier than ever to choose dining furniture that suits your space. 

Looking for a dining table with a more specific style? Check out our specialist guides...

wooden dining table from made

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1. Iona Extra Large Dining Table

Bring the family together with this stylish, one-of-a-kind table

Best for: Large Families
Material: Solid Pine
Seats: Six to eight comfortably
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

Crafted with solid pine wood, this gorgeous Iona Extra Large Dining Table from Made  may be simple in its design, but an abundance of knots and grains add distinct character and ensure that no two tables are alike. 

It's generous size – it will fit 6 to 8 people comfortably – make it perfect for larger families or homes that enjoy hosting regularly.

2. Harbour Housewares 2 Person Space Saving Dining Table

Is your home a little bijoux? This little Harbour Housewares Dining Table will sit comfortably in a corner

Best for: Compact
Material: Wood and Metal
Seats: 2
Size: H75.5cmxW47cmxD90
Reasons to buy
+Perfect for small homes+Very affordable
Reasons to avoid
- Lacks a bit of finesse 

Tired of stooping over your dinner as you attempt to eat it from your lap? This 2-seater dining table is a cute little addition that's affordable and makes the perfect addition to a small kitchen or open plan space. Tuck it into a corner and slide the chairs underneath to make it even more compact when not in use. 

At less than £100, you are paying for function over quality, but that doesn’t mean that its wood and metal composition isn’t sturdy or won’t last.  An added bonus is that chairs are included in the price, which means you get a complete dining set with just one click of a button. 

Homestead Living dining table

3. west elm Box Frame Drop Leaf Extending Dining Table

A spacious table for lovers of Mid-century style

Best for: Extending to seat more people
Material: Solid mango wood and steel
Seats: 2-6
Size: H76.2cm x W61-122cm x D81cm
Reasons to buy
+Compact design+Extends to seat more guests
Reasons to avoid
-Hot dishes may mark wood if a coaster or trivet isn't used

The West Elm Box Frame Drop Leaf Extending Dining Table, available at John Lewis & Partners is perfect for smaller spaces that would feel dominated by the constant presence of a dining table, but don't want to sacrifice the capacity to host more guests every once in a while.

Its sleek and industrial design makes a stylish addition to a contemporary living or dining space, thanks to solid FSC certifies mango wood and an on-trend blackened steel frame. 

wooden extendable dining table from john lewis & partners

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4. John Lewis & Partners Duhrer Extending Dining Table

A stylish, space-saver for contemporary spaces

Best for: Round shape
Material: Solid oak, oak veneers and painted oak
Seats: up to 6
Size: H75cm x W120-160cm x D120cm
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous, round design perfect for smaller spacer+Beautiful wood finish
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most streamlined design

An alternative to the traditional, extendable dining table, the round design of this John Lewis & Partners Duhrer Extending Dining Table is perfect for small kitchens or dining spaces, with round tables making a space seem larger than the reality.

We love the warm tones of its solid oak surface, especially combined with dark painted legs. Complete your dining setting with our Durher painted grey dining chairs.

concrete top dining table from made

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5. Edson Dining Table

An industrial inspired piece that's perfect for the indoors or outdoors

Best for: Industrial design
Material: Metal and concrete
Seats: up to 8
Size: H75cm x W140cm x D80cm
Reasons to buy
+Industrial style+Stylish, yet sturdy design+Use indoors and oudoors
Reasons to avoid
-Style may not suit more delicate schemes

With a stylish and distinctly industrial design, the Edson Dining Table from Made is perfect for a space with more edgy or contemporary interiors. Made from metal and concrete, it's perfect for use indoors or outdoors, depending on where you most enjoy entertaining guests.

round mango wood and metal dining table from swoon editions

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6. Niklas Dining Table

Proof that sometimes simple makes the biggest statement

Best for: Simple design
Material: Mango wood and steel
Seats: up to 4
Size: H76cm x W120 cm x D120 cm
Reasons to buy
+Simple yet stylish design+Round design won't dominate a small space
Reasons to avoid
-Some may consider it expensive

Proof that sometimes simple can be the most stylish, the Niklas Dining table from Swoon Editions makes the most of it's pared-back, fuss free design – probably something to do with the gorgeous mango wood table top and hairpin legs.

Seating four people comfortably, round tables have the benefit of appearing to take up less space, making them the perfect addition to a kitchen or dining room that's on the smaller side. 

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