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Mid-century modern dining tables can infuse any space with classic style that’s guaranteed to withstand the test of time. Often made from organic materials, like solid wood, these dining tables are not only built to last from a physical standpoint, but their elegantly simple, streamlined designs mean that they will look fresh for years to come.
Featuring clean lines, airy silhouettes, and streamlined designs, the simplicity of mid-century dining tables also means they can seamlessly elevate a wide range of aesthetics, from mid-century looks to contemporary, eclectic, Scandinavian, and beyond.
Meet the experts
To put together this guide to mid-century modern dining tables we consulted with a number of experts that you'll hear from throughout this article:
Mid-century modern dining tables can vary quite a bit in appearance, but they share several key design elements. “Mid-century design is characterized by a sense of comfort, functionality, and simplicity,” says Margaret Caroll. “The design elements feel organic, and they evoke nostalgia from the 1950s and 1960s.”
Many mid-century modern dining tables feature simple, streamlined silhouettes, organic materials like wood, and long tapered legs that give them a light and airy feel. And thanks to their elegant simplicity, mid-century modern dining tables can elevate virtually any look, regardless of your style sensiibility.
The Defining Features of Mid-Century Modern Dining Tables
According to Amy Youngblood, some defining characteristics of mid-century modern dining tables include “clean lines, often organic in feel, with minimal bases and tops. They are usually made of wood, such as teak, American black walnut, and rosewood, but are also made of different materials, such as metal and even plastic.”
They’re usually free of ornamentation and feature pared-back silhouettes, often with long tapered legs that balance an airy feeling with durable, long-lasting design.
Mid-century modern dining tables also highly emphasize simplicity. They’re usually free of ornamentation and feature pared-back silhouettes, often with long tapered legs that balance an airy feeling with durable, long-lasting design. “In contrast to the ornate styles from the 1900s,” says Carroll, “mid-century modern dining tables have a streamlined appearance with clean lines and stark angles.”
However, you’ll also find plenty of soft, organic lines in mid-century modern design as well since the style emphasizes harmony with nature. And because mid-century modern design is all about combining form and function, these dining tables “often extend or even have chairs that fit seamlessly on the sides to save space,” says Carroll.
Made from solid acacia wood, this dining table combines the tapered legs and simple silhouettes of mid-century modern design with a rustic finish that gives it a warm, textured appearance.
At just over 70 inches long, the table comfortably seats six, so it’s a great option for medium-sized dining rooms. It’s also highly versatile—you can pair it with mid-century modern dining chairs for a cohesive look or mix in different-style dining chairs for a more eclectic design.
Not all mid-century modern dining tables need tapered legs. This stunner rocks the simplicity of mid-century design while featuring large curvy legs that give it the organic vibe inherent in modernist looks.
“We like the Hayes from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams because of the groovy curved surfaces and the antiqued brass on the inside of the legs."
The table also happens to be designer-approved: “We like the Hayes from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams because of the groovy curved surfaces and the antiqued brass on the inside of the legs. That extra touch really dresses up the table,” says Pamela O’Brien.
This mid-century-inspired stunner features a subtly embellished tabletop that offers just the right amount of visual intrigue without sacrificing elegant simplicity.
The table features a modest 63 inches that can seat four people comfortably, making it a particularly good fit for cozy dining rooms and other small spaces. You can also purchase it as a dining set with matching dining chairs to complete your look.
If versatility is at the top of your dining table priority list, then look no further than this table from Inside Weather, which comes in four shapes, three widths, and multiple custom lengths. You can also choose from multiple finishes, ranging from dark to light, depending on your color palette. So the Vienna can work in almost any situation, you can also style this table with accent chairs to make more of a statement.
The modern dining table even comes with a sneaky optional power hub, allowing it to double as a workspace or homework station, complete with three power outlets, two USB ports, and a six-foot power cord.
While it’s true that mid-century modern design emphasizes simplicity, simple doesn’t have to mean small. This hefty solid wood dining table comes in 82- and 100-inch lengths, allowing you to seat the whole family and beyond. You can also choose a 60-inch round dining table version if you want something a bit smaller.
This table is as durable as it is gorgeous, with a thick wood tabletop and generous round wood legs complete with adjustable levelers. Meanwhile, a solid wood core ensures the table can withstand the test of time, while Black, Whitewashed Ash, and Walnut veneer finish options mean it’s an easy fit in most color palettes.
With its slim, delicate lines and warm, organic finish, this dining table exemplifies what makes mid-century modern design so beautiful. But despite its visually light appearance, the table’s solid wood construction means it’s plenty durable.
The table comes in two lengths—79 and 87 inches—so it’ll work well in medium to large dining rooms. And the simple, streamlined design means you can add virtually any dining chair to it without worrying whether it’ll match.
Inspired by Eero Saarinen's iconic Tulip Table, which he designed in the 1950s, this beauty offers the look of authentic mid-century modern design for a fraction of the cost.
“My favorite mid-century modern dining table is the Tulip Table, originally designed by Eero Saarinen. I love the organic clean lines and single curved base. While an original Tulip Table now sold by Knoll will cost you several thousands of dollars, there are numerous replicas for sale online offered in different colors and materials,” says Ashley Daubert.
This retro round dining table with a pedestal base also comes in five different sizes, ranging from 36 to 52 inches, and two colors—black and white—so you’ll have no trouble fitting it into large or small spaces.
Want to add big style to a small space? Then consider bringing this lovely round dining table home. The solid bentwood legs make the table an instant showpiece, while a walnut veneer tabletop adds plenty of organic warmth.
The dining table’s modest 40-inch diameter won’t encroach on too much precious square footage, but it can still comfortably seat four people so it’s a great option for smaller families. Pair with the Baldwin Dining Chairs to create the perfect table set.
Another dining table inspired by Eero Saarinen’s iconic Tulip Table design, this pedestal table rocks a thin glass top and a high-gloss white lacquer finish that will add a touch of retro glamor to any dining room.
At 55 inches in diameter, the round dining table can seat four people comfortably, but you can probably sneak another chair or two in there in a pinch. But no matter how many people you enjoy a meal with, you most definitely won’t regret adding this beauty to your dining room furniture.
If you like minimalism, then you’ll love this pared-back dining table from Interior Define. The sleek mid-century-style table features steel legs with solid wood accents, along with a walnut veneer tabletop that will instantly add warmth to your aesthetic.
The table’s 63-inch length allows it to seat four to six people for dinner. And its versatile design can work just as well in the office or living room as it would in your dining room.
Speaking of versatility, this expandable dining table comes with a drop leaf on both sides that allows it to seat up to 12 people, so it’s a stellar dinner party companion. It also comes in three different finishes for added customizability.
“This table has an interesting splayed-leg base and the added advantage of being extendable."
But beyond its versatility, the modern-style dining table is simply beautiful, with its eye-catching, sculptural base. “This table has an interesting splayed-leg base and the added advantage of being extendable. Self-storing leaves are another bonus,” raves Pamela O’Brien.
At under $500, this mid-century modern-style dining table is a total steal. It comes in three different colors—White Wash, Walnut, and Black—so you can choose whether you want a more classic wood dining table look or a more contemporary dining table with a black finish.
The table seats up to six people and features a minimalist design that can easily fit into many spaces. Composed of solid wood with a walnut veneer, the dining table’s counter height is a comfortable 30 inches, so it will work well with most dining chairs.
Designed to seat four to six people, this wood dining table is a great fit for small spaces. It features solid wood legs and a walnut veneer tabletop with a subtle starburst design to enhance your tablescape. You can also optionally purchase a matching side table to complete your look.
Margaret Carroll is a big fan of this table for its unique features: “This Conan table is built with warm, inviting walnut wood, and the legs on it have almost a Jetson’s-like appeal. The tabletop has a fantastic starburst pattern—no tablecloth needed!”
Crafted from a mix of MDF and solid wood, this walnut veneer dining table offers a pedestal base and subtle tabletop design that will make every meal that much more enjoyable.
The natural finish also means that no two tables are exactly alike as each lets its natural wood grain shine through. Couple it with mid-century modern dining chairs or mix in different aesthetics. Either way, you’ll have a timeless addition to your dining room furniture collection.
A little bit mid-century modern and a little bit Scandinavian, this stunning, expandable dining table is equal parts gorgeous and versatile. Made from solid wood, the table spans 72 inches and comes in seven natural finishes so you can find the perfect complement to your color scheme.
Additionally, it has a built-in drop leaf that allows it to seat two extra people, for a total of eight seats. Need even more space? You can opt for the 80-inch table, which seats up to 10, while a 60-inch version is perfect for small spaces.
This round dining table features a sleek glass top that comes in over 18 finishes, ranging from clear to walnut veneer and black marble. The pedestal base is also customizable, with three different finishes to choose from, so it’s tough to find a space that this beauty won’t look great in.
“Dining room tables like this one from Knoll tell a story of boldness and simplicity. This would be a great addition to any dining room in need of a “wow” factor. Pair it with colorful upholstered dining chairs or another mid-century modern icon—the Marcel Breuer chair,” suggests Carroll.
Kelly Weimert is a writer, editor, and interior design expert with 10 years of experience writing about design and home decor. She's written for interior design publications such as MyDomaine, Apartment Therapy, Domino Magazine, and Hunker. When she's not writing or editing, she's probably busy obsessing over how to beautify her home.
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