A good dining table is hard to find. Add affordability to your quest, and the hunt grows ever more difficult. Don't sweat it, though. We can officially confirm that it is possible to find super-stylish, affordable dining tables that don't look cheesy and perform as flabbily, either.
We're confident that the following 15 picks will inspire you to choose a high-quality dining table that isn't embarrassingly gauche at a dinner party and too gaudy for a casual meal. Choices include a variety of cheap-and-chic dining tables in a slew of different sizes, materials, and interior design styles—from Art Deco to Coastal, Bohemian, and beyond. So take a peek—these prices are bound to surprise you.
Because its tabletop is composed of lacquered composite and its base is powder-coated steel, its price stays well below that of the midcentury Eero Saarinen-designed original upon which this four-seater version was modeled. A beveled edge around its circumference is it yet another cool detail.
An ample, polystone (polyurethane resin mixed with powdered stone additives) top looks just like poured concrete, although it's much lighter and waterproof. Strong, tapered acacia-wood legs only add to its quality of construction. It's also versatile enough for use as an outdoor dining table; take it outside it for alfresco meals under the stars.
Channel your inner Palm Beach socialite. This 1970s-era table oozes glamour with its high-gloss black finish. Its woven-rattan base echoes the style of Franco Albini, making it a chic, sophisticated dining table that seats four guests comfortably; set a larger piece of glass right onto its wood tabletop to accommodate even more.
A real wood dining table for under $1,000 is hard to come by but the construction of this hardy, solid pine version—sourced from renewable forests in Southern Brazil— has us impressed. Its driftwood-tone finish highlights its natural knots and grain and its surface has been stylishly distressed.
While on the smaller side (it seats two), this gorgeous rosewood dining table is a statement piece perfect for small-apartment dwellers who are tight on space. Intricate bone inlay detailing and hand-carved floral designs throughout make it a showpiece for those who love its relaxed, bohemian spirit.
Featuring two leaves that drop down when not in use, this round dining table still seats four while sliding into narrow spaces like nobody's business. It's composed of a blend of sturdy acacia, rubberwood, and engineered wood and its light, natural finish evokes the easygoing, beachy feel of summers spent lounging on the coast.
The boldness of its geometric brass-plated frame coupled with the utter simplicity of the tempered-glass tabletop is directly inspired by the glamourous, symmetrical furniture produced during the Art Deco period. It's also elegant enough to host a formal gathering and seats four with ease.
A waterproof and scratch-resistant kid-friendly dining table—that seats six in a pinch—is a boon for families who need multipurpose furniture. (Think: dining table, plus an impromptu desktop workspace and arts-and-crafts table in one.) Its X-brace shores up its sturdiness and its candy-apple red finish gives an otherwise neutral industrial space an unexpected dose of color.
This eight-seater's a steal! (A new table of similar size would costs upwards of $2,000—and that's a conservative number.) But this distinctive maple wood table—with its built-in leaves and spindly, Hepplewhite-style legs—checks all the boxes.
Yes, technically this one's a coffee table. But those partial to the global design style will appreciate its intimate, low-slung stature and ability to seat up to five people. Surround this hand-carved mango wood piece with a bevy of Moroccan leather poufs and comfy floor cushions, order some African takeout, and pretend you're lazing the day away somewhere in Marrakech.
Rubberwood is an oft-misunderstood material: It's actual, solid wood that's harvested sustainably from Asia. Stained with a light oak finish, this rubberwood dining table is a great example of the transitional interior design style—it rides that fine line between being modern and traditional.
Simple. Slim-lined. Uncomplicated. Such is the contemporary design style—and this lacquer-and-metal dining table. The glossy finish tops a chromed steel base to seat six houseguests.
Denmark is known the world over for its Scandinavian design prowess—and this table is no exception: its construction is uncomplicated, its design minimal. It also features a water- and scratch-resistant melamine-wrapped wood top that's a boon for families with young children.
Here's proof that the marriage of two different design styles makes eclectic magic: This table's bold, geometric-patterned Baltic-birch tabletop adds ultra-modern contrast to its midcentury-style gold-tone hairpin legs.
It's flashy—and this chrome-and-glass dining table is ready to party, 1970s style. Two sleek, chrome sawhorse-style legs rest underneath a tempered-glass tabletop to create seating for up to eight guests.