Looking for Compact Eating Tables

Shopping for Compact Dining Tables

A dining table doesn't necessarily have to accommodate a dozen people. Especially in a small apartment, a table with more conservative dimensions is often a wiser choice – or just the only thing that fits.

"In smaller apartments, the size of the table is determined by the size of the apartment," said Alexander M. Reid, interior designer in New York. Often there is no special dining room, he added. So the point is to find a table that you can put in the kitchen, foyer, or one end of the living room.

For tight spaces, Mr. Reid looks for a table no more than 48 inches in diameter. And if your space is extremely limited, the table can be up to 28 inches wide. "You can still put two people on it," he said. "But anything smaller than 28 inches is a side table."

In his own apartment, Mr. Reid has a compact oval table.

"You can easily move from four people to as many as eight if you crush them," he said. "That's not appropriate at Covid at the moment, but I've done it before."

Mahogany pedestal table from Noir

$ 2,091 at Chairish: 855-549-9990 or Chairish.com

Table made of powdered stone, cement and natural fibers by Mermelada Estudio

$ 899 at CB2: 800-606-6252 or cb2.com

Square or rectangular walnut table with choice of leg color

From $ 850 from Tronk: 513-549-0210 or tronkdesign.com

Table with conical wooden base and marble top by Arteriors

$ 3,290 at Lumens: 877-445-4486 or lumens.com

Oak dining table by Space Copenhagen for Mater

From USD 1,680 at the show: 212-352-9615 or fair-design.com

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