Round dining tables are a popular option, and for good reason. Their circular shape offers a welcome invitation for conversation, making it easy for folks to chat no matter where they're seated. They also come in a wide range of styles and sizes, so there's a great option for every aesthetic, budget, and lifestyle.
Whether you're looking for the ideal table for your mid-century modern dining room design or you want to conserve your square footage with a table suited for small spaces, the following round dining tables are sure to make your daily meals more stylish, functional, and inviting.
11 Best Round Dining Tables for 2021
Offering a contemporary twist on classic mid-century modern style, this table will look amazing in all sorts of spaces. Comfortably seating four dining chairs, this white dining table can just easily function as a kitchen table in a charming breakfast nook as it can a gorgeous dining room table. The lacquered surface is also a breeze to clean, while the table's natural wood and white contrasts provide plenty of visual intrigue.
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Brand: Inside Weather
This gorgeous table from Inside Weather is the perfect combination of form and function. Highly versatile, the table's shape, width, and finish (choose from Latte and Espresso) can all be customized to suit your needs, and its minimal, unobtrusive design means it can accommodate spaces large and small. You can even opt to add a power hub so it can do double-duty as a workspace. Made from FSC-certified baltic birch plywood with an eco-solvent finish, the table is also as sustainable as it is stylish.
Brand: Maiden Home
Expertly crafted of solid ash wood and refined with exquisite artisanship, this pedestal style dining table is a stunning centerpiece for your kitchen or dining room. "The column legs of the piece create a beautiful silhouette that’s distinctly different and somewhat architectural. The piece is also constructed in solid ash wood, and the finish selections available allow for design versatility," says Steph DeAngelis, Design Advisor at Maiden Home.
"The transitional design of The Reade pulls together sculptural simplicity and organic boldness. With the opportunity to finish the piece in six distinct lacquers, The Reade is transformed to suit the needs of each personal style," adds Design Advisor, Grace Hoffend.
Speaking of sustainability, this oak table is made from reclaimed wood, meaning your investment in the table is also an investment in the environment. Beyond being eco-friendly, the solid wood table also features a timeless, streamlined design that will look fresh for years to come no matter where it lives. And when the table is delivered to your home, you don't need to worry about a complicated assembly; it can be fully assembled in minutes without the need for tools. If you're looking for matching pieces, the Alle range also includes coffee table sets, and side tables.
This mid-century-inspired wood top dining table is highly customizable. You can choose from four different tabletop styles, ranging from light, warm birch to a cool, foggy gray and walnut finish. In fact, you can even customize the color of the legs, choosing from black or white. The table is also composed of real birch plywood, a favorite design material of iconic modernist designers, like Charles and Ray Eames, so both its style and construction are built to withstand the test of time.
If you're looking for stylish furniture that won't break the bank, then AllModern is a stellar option, as evidenced by this timeless wood dining table for under $400. Crafted from solid hardwood with beautiful veneers, the table is the perfect size for four people at 42 inches in diameter. It also comes in three different finishes—walnut, black, and white ash—so it's easy to find just the right table for your space.
Brand: Lulu & Georgia
Comfortably seating six people, this dining table is great for bigger families. This gold base dining table features a marble top that will add the perfect touch of glam to your space without overwhelming it. However, it's worth noting that the appearance of the pure marble top can be affected by UV rays, so you shouldn't place this table in front of a window that gets bright, direct sunlight.
Can't decide between a round or rectangular table? Then get the best of both worlds with this designer-approved piece. This farmhouse dining table is a favorite of Kristin Patrician, owner and principal designer at Dwelling Envy Interiors:
“The Leighton Dining Table from Arhaus is one of my favorites for its overall design, and the functionality afforded with the extendable leaves that are included." Handcrafted by Indonesian furniture artisans, the table is thoughtfully designed with a rack-and-pinion extension system so you can shorten or enlarge it depending on the dining area needed at the moment.
Brand: Rove Concepts
This stunning modern dining table combines mid-century charm with contemporary minimalism to create a gorgeous, structural dining table that will make a serious style statement anywhere it's placed. The table's Scandinavian-inspired top comes in two finishes—white lacquer with clear glass top and white marble—and its beautiful wood base adds the perfect dose of welcoming warmth.
Brand: West Elm
“I also love the rustic yet modern look,” says Patrician, and that's exactly what this lovely pedestal wood top dining table from West Elm demonstrates. Combining the warmth of reclaimed wood with a modern silhouette, it will add a charming rustic touch to your dining room and look great doing it.
Brand: Joss & Main
With its natural cane top and decorative bentwood frame, this table is equal parts romantic and inviting. The cane top is covered by tempered glass, which means cleaning it is a cinch, and its modest size won't take up too much space while comfortably accommodating four people — perfect for a living room or kitchen diner set up.
What You Should Consider Before Buying a Round Dining Table
Do You Love to Entertain?
Your dining table features can impact your ability to entertain because round dining tables don't often have drop leaf components and aren't usually extendable. "If you like to host people over for dinner, or have a larger family, round tables can prove to be less than ideal due to this limitation," said Patrician. Of course, there are some round extension dining tables out there, "however, more often, adding the leaves turns your round table into an oval, and therefore, you lose the initial intended shape of your dining table," adds Patrician.
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What's Your Dining Room's Size?
"Before buying any dining table, you should consider the size and shape of your dining room," said Jan Rutgers, co-owner of JANGEORGe Interiors and Furniture. "Round dining tables are typically better for smaller accommodations but look good in many different-sized rooms. The challenge with larger round tables is that communication can become challenging, and you lose that intimacy." If dining space is truly a premium or you're looking for a round kitchen table, you could also look at picking up a bistro table or bar table.
Round dining tables are typically better for smaller accommodations but look good in many different-sized rooms.
Should You Buy a Round Table With Legs or a Pedestal?
Whether you choose a table with legs or a pedestal is another important consideration that can affect your table's function. "For smaller tables where space is at a premium, I find it's generally much better to get a pedestal base so that it's easier to move your legs around underneath," recommends Joe Cangelosi of Joe Cangelosi Design. "For larger tables, you'd probably need table legs for stability."
Tulip tables are also a good option if you're looking for a pedestal-esque table that has a smaller footprint and more accessibility/space to tuck away your dining chairs. You could also consider a sturdy trestle table as the trestles offer additional support for the table top whilst still allowing space to tuck in dining chairs.
Styling Tips for Making Round Dining Tables Work
Add a Centerpiece
Centerpieces are a simple yet impactful way to elevate your table's look. "Style a dining table with a large centerpiece placed directly in the middle of the table," advises Alexis Peters, strategic real estate advisor at Real Estate Bees. "Flowers, several candles of different shapes and sizes, and even a bowl of a favorite fruit all work."
Pay Mind to Seating
Styling a round dining table is about more than what you put on top of the table; it also involves being thoughtful about your seating placement. "Remember to do some math when purchasing a round dining room table. Common design rule of thumb states that it’s important to allow about 24 inches of free space behind you so the chair can be pulled out to sit down," said Peters. "Also, think about having about 12 inches of free space from the seat of the chair to the top of the table so you can comfortably cross your legs underneath." The average height dining table is between 28" and 30".
Remember to do some math when purchasing a round dining room table. Common design rule of thumb states that it’s important to allow about 24 inches of free space behind you so the chair can be pulled out to sit down.
Match Your Placemats to Your Table
"If you are using table mats, use round ones," suggests Jan Rutgers. Opting for round placemats to match your round table will bring a sense of continuity and flow to your design. However, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to design, so if you have a set of rectangular placemats that you love, don't be afraid to use those as well.
Tip: If you're looking for unique and beautiful placemats, check out Atelier Saucier.
Why Trust Living Cozy?
At Living Cozy, we work closely with furniture brands and industry professionals to create comprehensive guides to help you find the perfect pieces for your home. This article was written by Kelly Weimert, a writer, editor, and passionate interior design lover with bylines at MyDomaine, Apartment Therapy, Domino Magazine and more. We also spoke with a some interior design and furniture experts including:
- Kristin Patrician, owner and principal designer at Dwelling Envy Interiors. We are an interior design firm specializing in e-design services, offering affordable, upfront pricing to cater to clients' needs.
- Joe Cangelosi, an interior designer who has been practicing for 15 years and designed and renovated many small/cozy spaces in New York City.
- Jan Rutgers, co-owner of JANGEORGe Interiors & Furniture, a firm specializing in creating beautiful residential and commercial spaces across Europe and the US.