Best Dining Table 2024: Industrial to Farmhouse


Ever heard the saying that the oldest form of theatre is the dining table? Well, we’re not really here to put that to the test, but if you’re going to be housing everything from holiday dinners and celebrations to some inevitable family arguments around one, you might as well make sure it looks good. Choosing the best dining table is essential for whatever room you choose for eating, whether that is the kitchen for modern dining vibes, or a dedicated dining or living room for a higher end, more traditional dining experience. They are one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home, acting as a centrepiece for your living space and a focal point when entertaining friends and family.

When shopping for a new dining room table, you’ll want the design to resonate with the rest of your eating space and home, serving as a focal point but one that works. Figure out what vibe you’re going for with your home decor, and decide whether a modern, industrial dining or relaxed dining table is right for your space. You might opt for a glass top or marble dining table if you’ve got a modern look going on, or if you’re more traditional, you could look at the dark wood and solid wood options that ooze quality.

Our picks of the best dining tables to buy in 2024 cover contemporary, farmhouse and even extendable dining table options that allow you to easily adapt your space for entertaining larger groups. We’ve even found some that have dual functionality – table tennis and dining room table in one you say?

From tables best suited to large dinner parties, to pieces that’ll make your home feel more casual, we’ve tracked down the best dining room tables to invest in right now. From solid oak and marble effect styles to round dining tables and Scandi vibes, your home will never have looked so good.

Skip to: What type of dining table is best? | How should you choose a dining table? | How we chose the best dining tables: GQ’s review process | Shop GQ’s picks of the best dining tables to buy in 2024…

What are the best dining tables to buy in 2024?

We’ve broken down our top picks for the best dining room tables into sections below, choosing our favourites from each type of table. For more details on our edit of the best dining tables, you can see a more detailed breakdown a little further down.

Best extendable dining tables

Ideal for small spaces that you may not want to fill with a six or eight-seater dining table, extendable tables mean you can keep things small most of the time, but still cater to dinner parties when you need the extra dining space.

Soho Home Foxbury Extendable Dining Table

Cox & Cox Chevron Oak Dining Table

West Elm Hargrove Expandable Dining Table

Best wooden dining tables

While marble, steel or glass dining tables have become increasingly popular styles over the past few years, it’s wooden tables that we keep coming back to. Their classic, yet still contemporary designs give us more of a relaxing feel than any of the others. This is what you’ll find in our home.

John Lewis Trestle 6 Seater Dining Table

Barker & Stonehouse Modi Reclaimed Wood Extending Dining Table

Best kitchen tables

While often also labelled as “dining tables”, we’d say there’s a pretty big difference between the type or table you want in your kitchen and your dining room. While dining tables are normally larger, more elegant, and often more formal, kitchen tables are their casual alternative, the kind of place you’ll gather for a quick breakfast or dinner, rather than when you have friends around or are hosting a dinner party. The best kitchen tables tend to be smaller in size, with round options being a great way to facilitate easy meals, and lighter woods giving off that more casual, yet light and airy vibe.

West Elm Mid-Century Round Expandable Dining Table

John Lewis Estate 4 Seater Round Dining Table

The best dining tables at a glance…

  • The best wooden dining table: Heal’s Oslo, £2,089 at
  • The best extendable dining table: Soho Home Foxbury, £2,546 at
  • The best budget-friendly dining table: Dunelm Bryant Dining Table, £229 at
  • The best industrial dining table: Heal’s Madrid, £2,039 at
  • The best multi-function dining table: Cornilleau Play-Style Origin Table, £1,850 at
  • The best farmhouse dining table: Dusk Alice Dining Table, £209 at

Shop GQ’s edit of the best dining tables…

Our picks of the best dining tables around are below, with plenty of detail about how many seats, their dimensions and what materials they are made out of to help you choose easily.

Marks & Spencer Brookland 6 Seater Dining Table

Marks & Spencer Brookland 6 Seater Dining Table

  • Seats: Up to 6
  • Materials: Oak Veneer, Metal Legs
  • Dimensions: H 75cm x W 160cm x D 90cm
  • Weight: Not specified


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