14 Best Drop Leaf Tables to Maximize Your Small Space in 2023


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Jun 03, 2023

14 Best Drop Leaf Tables to Maximize Your Small Space in 2023

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You'll always be prepared for extra guests.

Shopping for furniture is never easy, especially when you're decorating a small home or apartment where space is limited. You may not have an entire dining room, but having some sort of dining table is crucial to entertaining guests and enjoying home-cooked meals with family. That's where the multi-functional drop leaf table comes in. It has a fixed center and at least one hinged side (AKA, a leaf) that can be folded to create more or less table space within a moment's notice.

To help you find the best drop leaf table to fit your style and compact space, we've rounded up top picks from popular furniture retailers like Walmart, Wayfair, Amazon and West Elm. You'll find a number of affordable finds for less than $200 (chairs sold separately) plus splurge-worthy picks that cost a bit more. No matter your home style, we've got you covered with modern and vintage-inspired dining tables that are slim, round, rectangular or even wall-mounted.

Make the most of your small dining room, breakfast nook or even that tiny alcove beside your kitchen with a foldable dining table that adjusts to fit your needs on the daily. Some of the most popular drop leaf dining tables can double as a console table, home office desk or storage cabinet when not in use — and we swear none of these skimp on style.

Equal parts casual and sophisticated, this solid wood table extends from 30 to 48 inches (each drop leaf is 9 inches). It holds up to 100 pounds and is available in three classic finishes: black, white and rustic gray. You can also go for the dining set with two chairs (currently on sale for $260).

With a classic pedestal base and carved details, this round dining table is a game changer for small spaces. It's available in antique white, rustic natural and grey wash. Amazon reviewers agree it's easy to assemble, plus it'll arrive in two days or less!

This sleek dining table seats up to six people when fully extended, but thanks to the foldable design and six swivel wheels, it's easy to store and transport around a small home. There are two built-in shelves (plus another style with drawers) and four storage racks to hold food, dinnerware or household essentials.

With a rustic woodgrain finish and either black or white iron legs, this rectangular dining table has a 4.6-star rating on Wayfair. Reviewers love the "chic" style and that it comfortably seats up to six people when extended. Since the base folds as well, it can easily be used as a console table.

Whether for your home bar or small dining area, this bar height dining set makes a stylish addition. It's made from solid oak wood and equipped with a bottom shelf and 12-bottle wine rack. Choose from three finishes: dark espresso, espresso and gray.

This solid wood table is available in two finishes (cocoa brown and brown with white). The farmhouse-inspired design can be used as a home office desk or dining table. When folded, it's 22 inches versus the 43-inch length when both sides are lifted. As with most of its furniture, Walmart promotes an easy assembly (only 45 minutes).

Although more expensive than some of the other picks, the Mateo dining table has a quality wood construction and versatile style. It has a heavily weathered, distressed finish and two 12-inch drop leaves. Plus, Pottery Barn offers white glove service, which means a skilled team will deliver, unpack and fully assemble the dining table.

Designed to fit anywhere from one to six people, this extendable dining table is available in four finishes: black marble, white marble, black walnut and white. Not to mention the two wheels for easy transportation and two center shelves, perfect for storing bottles, dinnerware or other kitchen tools.

Go for a traditional, rustic style with this pick that's currently on sale. The round table fits up to four people when both leaves are extended and reviewers agree it's easy to assemble and is the "perfect size" for small spaces. Pair the table with matching dining chairs.

Equipped with lockable wheels, adjustable feet and two drop leaves, this rustic wood dining table seats anywhere from two to six people. The brand claims this table assembles in only 20 minutes, and online reviewers seem to agree.

If you're really tight on space and hunting for an affordable option, opt for this wall-mounted, drop-leaf table. The modular design folds flat against the wall and folds out to easily seat two people. Choose from white, black or brown.

With a mid-century modern style, this round dining table is available in over 20 different finishes and features pedestal legs as well as two nine-inch drop leaves. Amazon reviewers agree it's easy to assemble and well made.

Rather than two drop leaves, this oak table only has one. It's ideal for two people, making it a great choice for compact spaces. This style is about 36 inches tall, so it's a bit taller than your average table.

Embrace a coastal style with this affordable dining table made from acacia and veneer wood. The brand also sells the same style in a counter height dining table.

Alyssa Gautieri (she/her) is the associate lifestyle editor for Good Housekeeping, where she covers all things home and interior design. Prior to joining GH in 2022, she wrote for publications including ELLE Decor, Chairish, BobVila.com, Unique Homes Magazine and LODGING Magazine, in addition to crafting product copy for home brands like BrylaneHome and VIGO Industries.

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