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Top 5 Drop-Leaf Table Styles for Small Spaces

Published April 29, 2010 | Updated June 12, 2015

When space is scarce, a drop-leaf dining table is an efficient solution for seating guests. If you frequently entertain but your kitchen or dining room is small, then this is the perfect table for you. Drop-leaf tables come in many different styles, each of which is compact and functional in addition to being beautiful. Here are the top five types to consider when you are shopping for a drop-leaf dining table.

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  1. Transitional

    With some traditional influence and some contemporary flair, transitional style drop-leaf tables work well in many homes. The versatile style can blend well with a wide variety of interiors. Although these tables conserve space efficiently when folded, they can compete with the size of other tables when fully opened.

  2. Country

    Comfortable and welcoming, country furniture has a timeless feel. If your decor style incorporates the simple things in life, like fresh flowers and rustic accents, then a country table would work well in your home. The clean lines of a country drop-leaf table make it the perfect starting point for an eclectic dining room, too.

  3. Georgian

    Georgian-style tables are typically made of mahogany, but most importantly, they feature ball-and-claw feet. These tables are functional and decorative, and they have an elegant, old-world feel. This is an old English style that looks perfect in a traditionally styled home. Chairs with scrollwork and sideboards with marble tops go well with the style.

  4. Duncan Phyfe

    If you think of Victorian-era American furniture, you're probably thinking of furniture made by famous American cabinet maker Duncan Phyfe. His Neoclassical furniture was wildly popular in the 19th century, and reproductions have been made since the early 20th century. The dining tables are instantly recognizable by their "fly legs" which curve outward and rest flat on the floor.

  5. Elizabethan

    These tables originated in England and date back to the 16th century. When the sides of the table are lifted, Elizabethan tables double in size, offering plenty of space. Traditionally made of oak, Elizabethan-style tables are now made of cherry and walnut woods, too. In a home that features lots of antiques, this table would fit right in, but it could also be a focal point in a contemporary home.

What Shoppers Are Saying

Nice looking coffee table

Bought this table during the thanks giving sale. It came at a decent price which was around my budget for a simple coffee table. I have read through the previous reviews for the table and here is my version. a) Customer service : I had a few questions before the purchase and so spoke to an Overstock ...
dealhunter December 07, 2014

Glamorous and Perfect For My Hallway

I bought this to replace track lighting in a small hall between my kitchen and laundry room. It is listed as a chandelier, but I don't consider it one. There is a hanging version of this item. It has a chain instead of being ceiling mounted. That looks more like a chandelier. I have a chrome and crystal ...
neecy2000 October 10, 2013

Love it!

This was exactly what we needed for extra storage and work space in our new-to-us tiny kitchen. Excellent product for the price. The only complaint my husband had was with the directions, that being that the drawings were not clear enough on some of the screws and he had to remove some and replace with ...
Denise L. December 07, 2015

Very sturdy and beautiful

I bought the coffee table and 2 matching side tables. They are VERY heavy and seem very sturdy. The only thing I don't like too much is the black painted lines on the drawer fronts. If it goes with one's color scheme it could look very nice, but for me, I'm going to paint the black lines to dark brown ...
maighaa March 23, 2011