When you think of folding tables, good design is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But chic folding tables do exist, and no matter your style—farmhouse, modern, industrial, or minimalist—it’s entirely possible to create some extra elbow room without compromising your style. Here are 21 actually-cute folding tables to make everyone feel welcome at your next dinner party or holiday gathering.
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A modern take on the card table
If you need to add a few extra chairs to your current setup, a simple square folding table is a great option. Typically referred to as a card table, this style was designed to accommodate four players for a round of poker or bridge, then get tucked away in a closet or garage after the game. If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, a vinyl-covered version may have popped up at Thanksgiving dinner—likely as the dreaded or beloved kids’ table, depending on your family dynamics. But card table design has come such a long way, you can now get one that’s so nice you won’t want kids anywhere near it.
A rectangular folding table
For even more supplemental seating, consider extending your current setup with a rectangular folding table. These easy-to-store options will give your guests a little extra elbow room, or allow you to squeeze in one or two more chairs than a square table would. Rectangular folding tables also come in handy when you need to turn your living room or patio into an impromptu dining room.
Folding farmhouse tables
With their clean lines, thick legs, and tops made from wide wood planks, farmhouse tables are statement pieces that work with both modern and rustic decor styles. But by design, they’re pretty simple, which is why you can now get a sizable farmhouse table with folding legs. Sure, something like this is overkill if you’re just trying to add a few extra seats—but if you need to do a temporary table swap for the holidays or convert a garage or outdoor space to a dining room, a folding farmhouse table is worth considering.
Vintage folding tables
If you want to make a big statement with just a few square feet, a vintage or antique folding table is a fabulous option. Stylish and solidly constructed, these hard-to-come-by pieces will add visual interest—and a few extra seats—to any dining space. You can use one to extend your current table or mix and match a few to create an eclectic restaurant-style setup at home. (Please just do me one favor: If you put the kids at the Eames table, use placemats.)