I’m a shopping writer – these are the best dining tables to buy for hosting season

From long and lean to curved and colorful, there’s a dining table to suit every space. I’ve just found it for you

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The right dining table can become the hub of your home. It’s spacious enough to accommodate friends and family, solid enough to withstand everyday stains and spills, and stylish enough to be the centerpiece of your dining room. 

There are dining tables in every homeware store in the country, made from a wide range of materials in all sorts of shapes and sizes. With so much choice, it can be hard to know where to start. 

I’m a shopping writer. It’s my job to keep up with dining table trends, and I know a good piece when I see one. I’ve spent hours scouring the top homeware sites to bring you the very best dining tables.  

Whether you’re a solo diner or one of several, if you’re searching for a contemporary piece or a classic model, I’ve got the perfect table for you. 

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Best dining table FAQs

Is a dining table necessary?

Whether to purchase a dining table is ultimately down to your own personal preference. With that said, there are lots of great things about dining tables. It's one of the most versatile pieces you can buy: use it as a workspace, an entryway station, or a display board for drinks and nibbles. A good dining table can define a room, adding depth and dimension to your space. I always find the best conversations happen round the dinner table. 

Which dining table is best?

It all depends on what you're looking for. Solo diners will appreciate the easy access of smaller surfaces, while larger parties will benefit from more space. Extendable dining tables offer the best of both worlds. Stone or marble models will make a statement, though diners who are prone to stains and spills should steer clear of such delicate surfaces and seek out wooden tables, which are easier to clean.

Final thoughts

Once you've found the right table for your space, it's time to decorate it. Here is a quick and easy guide for how to dress a dining table

If you're refurbishing your whole dining room, it might be worth buying one of the best rugs to protect your floor and your table. You’ll also want to know what kind of dining chairs are best for your space. 

Emilia Hitching
eCommerce Editor

Before she joined Homes & Gardens, Emilia studied English at the University of Oxford, where she sharpened her critical writing skills. She also worked on the other side of the aisle writing press releases for regional newspapers and crafting copy for Sky. Emilia combines her business savvy with her creative flair as our eCommerce Editor, connecting you with the products you’ll love. When she’s not in the office, Emilia is happiest when entertaining friends al fresco or out in the country.