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Small space ideas for extending the dining table

There are probably times when you wish you could seat more guests around the dining table. And who says you can’t? Extendable dining tables certainly have that flexibility built-in, but there are other easy ways to on/off a grand dining experience in plentiful company – even if you’re living small.

A woman extending a white VANGSTA extendable table on a jute rug, with light bamboo chairs and white stools on both sides.
A woman extending a white VANGSTA extendable table on a jute rug, with light bamboo chairs and white stools on both sides.

Extending a warm welcome

With an extendable table like this one, you can easily grab the insert leaf from under the table top and get your table set for 6 in seconds. The legs follow along when you pull out the table, so they won’t get in the way of your chairs however you choose to arrange them.

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An anthracite pendant over a white VANGSTA extendable table on a jute rug, with light bamboo chairs and white stools.
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    Space-saving gateleg table

    How about this for a compact solution: A convenient gateleg table with storage for extra chairs inside. Drop both leaves to get a handy side table that doesn’t take much room at all, fold up one leaf for a 2-seater kitchen table or go all the way to get a dining table for four.

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    A white KALLHÄLL gateleg table with white/light grey folding chairs stored inside and standing around it, on a TIPHEDE rug.
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      Double up for dinner parties

      A second table that’s identical to your dining table can be a smart choice for your home office or study corner. Simply go get it to double the size of your dining table for bigger gatherings. As both tables are exactly the same, the long table top will be completely level.

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      A man putting a table made with a grey GRÅSALA underframe and table top next to an identical table with black chairs.
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        Lounge style dining

        You don’t necessarily need a dining table to host a great dinner with friends. A row of low side tables by the sofa and some pouffes and cushions give you a comfy lounge style set-up. With stackable tables, it’s all easily stowed away when your guests have gone.

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        Three black-brown LACK side tables under a bamboo pendant, on a white VOLLERSLEV rug by a light beige SÖDERHAMN sofa.
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