Space Saving Tables

Words By Megan McDonough, (c) 2018, The Washington Post

Dining rooms are a luxury that small-space dwellers often can’t afford. But a compact dining table in the kitchen or living room can double as a desk or workspace and offer a place for guests to share stories, laughs and, of course, meals.

‘’These small spaces may at first appear to be a design challenge but are a great opportunity to highlight a sculptural piece,” interior designer Lonni Paul says. The HGTV “Design Star” alum’s clients include actor Robert Downey Jr. and TV personality Giuliana Rancic.

Counter- or bar-height tables, for example, can help draw up the eye, and round or oval tables can make a room feel bigger. Extendible and drop-leaf tables offer versatility and additional storage.

“Take the entire space into consideration,” Paul suggests. For example, “in basic spaces, use a more unique table,” and “for rooms with a view or a beautiful chandelier, choose a simpler table.”

Maximize every inch of your space with one of Paul’s top table picks.


Bernhardt Abbot round metal dining table with glass top, left. Acme Rasia 72105 dining table. Images:


Sixty-inch stacked square dining table in cerused gray oak ( ), left. Tahoe square dining table. Image:;


Invisible table in transparent amber, left. Pratt table in satin etched tempered glass with orange base. Image:;


Solid-wood Redondo round dining table with walnut-veneer base, left. Sheryl dining table in walnut. Image:;


Silhouette pedestal dining table, left. Gold-and-marble Leilani tulip dining table. Image:;


Saarinen dining table with white base and Carrara marble top with shiny finish left. Docksta table in white. Image:;


Featured Image: Alisha Hieb, Unsplash