At the heart of every home is a kitchen or dining table.
It’s a place for the kids to do their homework, for you to do your favourite hobby, and to connect with friends and family with conversation and food. However, apart from all sharing the same function, the similarity in dining table designs ends there.
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There are as many table designs available today as there are individual tastes. The one you ultimately choose will depend on how you intend to use the table and the room, your home’s design and architectural style and your household budget. Here at The Idealist we love everything from antique pieces to ultra modern. We’ve researched to find rustic tables, a designer outdoor table and some great extending tables for when you need room for one more!
Almost every household needs a table for meals, hobbies and connecting with family and friends. But nothing says that your dining table has to look like everyone else’s.
Today’s market offers a myriad of designs. So whatever you need, you’ll find a table that you’ll be happy with for years to come.
Our favourite dining table designs
This Brassy Boy kitchen/dining table is a beautiful wooden table which features the simplicity and environmental responsibility of reclaimed, recycled timber. The table seats six with ease and comes in both a medium (160 cm) and large (180 cm) size. The surface of the table is sanded to a lovely patina and the edges are covered with brass plating for a unique, rustic look. Four sturdy, wooden legs keep the table from wobbling, even on the most uneven floors. £595-645.
For a more formal look, try this wooden Isabelle dining table. This dining table is made from solid wood with graceful, cabriolet legs and a built-in, extendable leaf. The Isabelle is available in two sizes. The medium is 160 cm the and large is 180 cm. This table is so beautiful, you won't need to invest in expensive linen tablecloths and it currently comes with two free matching chairs! Just add a few placemats to define the eating areas. £745-£795.
If you're looking for an iconic style-statement table, this round mid-20th century style tulip table is just the thing. This dining table uses the classic Saarinen design and comes in two sizes (107 cm and 120 cm). It's available in both solid black or solid white. The graceful style evokes the 1950s and is a perfect canvas for colourful placemats and pottery. This Knoll Saarinen dining table is a bit of wildcard as it's designed for outdoor use! Yes, maybe right now outdoor dining isn't front of mind. But we fell in love with it the moment we saw it! £2,412-£2,669.
The Moooi Zio dining table is in beautiful wood and goes well with a broad range of design styles, from contemporary to traditional. The rectangular table seats six people comfortably and comes in your choice of six wood finishes--black oak, cinnamon oak, grey oak, red oak, wenge, and white-washed oak. This sturdy table is available in three sizes--190 cm, 250 cm and 310 cm. There's a colour and size to fit most any home and household but made to order solid oak comes at a price. (£3,204-£4,453).
Sometimes you need a table that is as flexible as your family is, one that can accommodate a large holiday dinner and a weekday family dinner as well as a quiet tete-a-tete for two. This sleek, wooden Copenhagen extending dining table is made from solid and veneered oak in a range of sizes and the largest extends to seat up to ten people. The Scandinavian-style table is hand-crafted to order. It's both a work of art as well as a useful piece of furniture. £1,237-£1,665 including matching chairs in a range of fabrics.
Another hand-crafted wooden dining table to consider is this Trafalgar model. This dark fruitwood table with a rich patina is modelled after a 19th century military design, complete with brass hardware and fittings. The table comes in a range of sizes to seat up to eight persons and goes with more traditional, luxury home designs. £1,219-£1,647 including matching chairs in a range of fabrics.
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