The best dining tables

Rooms come in all shapes and sizes, and so do dining tables. From family gatherings to a meal for one, we name the best dining tables available to purchase right now

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A lot of your life will revolve around your dining table; it’s not only a place to eat, it’s a place to gather, a place to argue and a place to laugh. 

With that the case, it's certainly worth putting some thought into purchasing your next dining table. Should it be marble or wood? Homely or stylish? Large or small? We’ve researched the best dining tables on the market and put them all here in one place. 

Our list features a range of dining tables, so it’s pretty certain that you will find one to meet your requirements. From 6-seater dining tables that fit all the family, to extendable dining tables that increase in size to fit additional guests on special occasions, there is something to suit a variety of tastes and purposes.

Included in our list are also dining tables to meet all budgets. Our list offers great value tables from high street stores and premium tables from exclusive brands, so read on to find a dining table that not only matches your budget, but your interior design and existing themes too. 

Planning on getting chairs to match, or a dining set? Find out how to choose dining furniture

1.John Lewis Calia 190-290cm Extending Dining Table

If there’s 4 of you one day and 10 of you the next, making sure everyone fits round comfortably has never been easier with this extendable dining table.

Best for: Large Families
Material: Solid American Oak and Iron
Seats: Up to 10
Size: H76cmxW190-290cmxD95cm
Reasons to buy
+Sturdy and kid proof+A blend of modern and traditional
Reasons to avoid
-Wood can mark if hot objects are placed on it 

This stunning wooden extendable table blends the traditional with the modern to create a sturdy and hard wearing product that is sure to make a great feature of any kitchen or dining room.  Made from quality American Oak, this table has the ability to withstand many years of mealtimes, dinner parties and family gatherings.  Make sure to pair the table with some beautiful placemats and coasters to prevent steaming mugs of tea and hot dinner plates from making ring marks on the wood.  

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 won’t break the bank. Tuck it into the corner of your kitchen and slide the chairs underneath the table when not in use to make it even more compact. 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. Homestead Living 4 Person Dining Table

A spacious table for lovers of Mid-century style

Best for: Timeless style
Material: Solid mango wood
Seats: 4
Size: H76cmxW160cmxD90cm
Reasons to buy
+Very sturdy+Good quality at at affordable price+Easy to construct
Reasons to avoid
-Leg position limits seating placement

This stylish table is a great addition to both contemporary and traditional dining spaces. Made from solid mango wood in a rustic finish, the table feels sturdy and well made. The soft corners make it safer for family homes. It does require construction, but assembly is straightforward.

square to rectangle dining table from Littlewoods

4. Littlewoods Square to Rectangle Extending Dining Table

The perfect space-saver for multipurpose rooms

Best for: Versatility
Material: Particle board and melamine
Seats: 4–6
Size: H73.3cmxW80–160cmxD80cm
Reasons to buy
+Comes in oak or walnut effect and black or white gloss +Compact but can be extended to seat more people
Reasons to avoid
-Some found assembly difficult or parts did not fit well-Expensive for a wood-effect table when a solid wood version might not be much more

This is the perfect table for a space such as a living room, perhaps as a secondary dining zone or for those who don't have a dining area. As a square it can sit two comfortably or four if you don't mind it being a bit cosy. The table then extends and would provide plenty of room for a family of four or even six if you're having guests over. You can also choose to purchase it with chairs or without.

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