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All kinds of small dining tables for under $500

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Small apartments force people to make do with limited space. One of the trickier parts of that process is finding a dining table to fit into whatever nook or cranny you have to work with. After making room for a sofa and place to sleep, it can be hard to squeeze in a proper place to have a meal or even entertain.

But there is hope! Rest assured there are smart, good-looking, compact dining tables on the market to solve this exact problem. Check out our picks below, covering a range of shapes, sizes, styles, and budgets—from a classic round table to a breakfast bar with hideaway chairs. Want more inspiration? Head right this way for dining room ideas you can steal from some of our favorite home tours.


A square table with a white marble top and tapered dark wood legs.

Vena Walnut Cafe Table

Article | $399

With tapered oak legs and a marble top, this square table brings Instagrammable cafe vibes home.

A wood and metal table where the surface expands over the legs on two sides.

Box Frame Drop Leaf Expandable Table

West Elm | $399 (orig. $499)

Love the sleek rustic-industrial look? This steel and solid mango wood stunner is for you. Usually $499, this table is currently 20 percent off with code FRIENDS.

A round table with a natural wood top and white base with four legs.

Mina White Bistro Table

Pier 1 | $168.66 (orig. $299.95)

Keeping things compact without sacrificing style, this pretty option has elegant curves and a tasteful two-toned look. Better yet: It’s 25 percent off right now with code EXTRA25. For another option, World Market offers a similar product in gray and with drop leaves.

A round table with a glass top and wooden legs that form an “X” brace when viewed from any side.

Cassidy Dining Table in Coffee

AllModern | $271.99 (orig. $597)

This table is modern and sculptural, perfect for apartment dwellers with a midcentury or Scandinavian-inspired sensibility. Another table on sale! Use code TAKENOTE to get the extra 15 percent off.

A square yellow metal table with four legs.

Flash Furniture Mason Dining Table

Hayneedle | $76.99

This table, measuring at about 28 inches wide, is perfect for folks who just need some surface area. The metal table is suitable for both indoors and outdoors and comes in a number of bright fun colors like the yellow shown above, plus orange, blue, red, and green.

A round table with light wood top and four squared mint green legs.
A round table with two leaves folded down.

Carey Round Drop Leaf Table

Target | $160.54 (orig. $168.99)

Drop one leaf to put it against the wall or both to save even more space. Plus, the legs come in cute colors, like the minty hue shown above, gray, and white. The 5 percent discount right now doesn’t hurt.

A dark wood square table with four legs.

Groveland Square Dining Table in Antique Walnut

Walmart | $85.75

Sometimes all you need is a simple square wooden table.

A pale wood and black metal counter height table has two matching stools.
Two stools can be hung underneath the table.

Haskall Breakfast Bar

Urban Outfitters | $349 (orig. $379)

Don’t underestimate the luxury of a breakfast bar. This stylish design can work against the wall or as a compact island. The two comfort-molded stools hang to conserve space.

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