Dining tables (56 photos): varieties, materials, design

Dining tables. The design and ergonomics of the dining table is worth paying attention to, because we spend a lot of time at it with the family and with guests.

The design and ergonomics of the dining table is worth paying attention to, because we spend a lot of time at it with the family and with guests.

The fact that dining tables have long played an important role in human life is clearly evidenced by numerous sayings about the house. “The table is the palm of God” – our grandmothers used to say, covering it with a beautiful tablecloth and exposing it with food. The modern family is not so sensitive to the familiar piece of furniture, but it also has its own requirements for this useful attribute of our life. What table designs are produced today and what are their features.

Dining tables. The dining table can be accentuated in the dining room with color

The dining table can be accentuated in the dining room with color

Glossy white dining table for 4-6 people

Glossy white dining table for 4-6 people

Dining tables. The textured surface of the wooden countertop does not have to be covered with a tablecloth.

The textured surface of the wooden countertop does not have to be covered with a tablecloth.

Views

For a long time, tables were made in one shape, the shape of a rectangle. Long or short, they were located in the castles of the medieval nobility and in the huts of the peasants, in the palaces of kings and in the painted mansions of the boyars. Over time, tables of a different configuration came into use, but they never went out of fashion and did not fall into the list of unclaimed things. Dining tables and chairs are also relevant in a modern interior.

In a large family of dining tables, it is traditionally accepted to divide by shape. No matter how sophisticated the designers are, they cannot get away from the laws of geometry, so we can choose between round, square, rectangular and oval tables..

Dining tables. Glass dining table for three with concrete sculpted vaulted base

Glass dining table for three with concrete sculpted vaulted base

Dining tables. Playing with a pattern of natural materials in a modern rectangular dining table

Playing with a pattern of natural materials in a modern rectangular dining table

The most popular type is a large rectangular dining table, which is chosen by adherents of conservatism. It is believed that a rectangle is optimal for accommodating numerous guests..

Dining tables. The most popular and versatile option: a table for 6 persons. If the table is self-sufficient, it is better to prefer the runner to the usual tablecloth.

The most popular and versatile option: a table for 6 persons. If the table is self-sufficient, it is better to prefer the runner to the usual tablecloth.

Dining tables. Industrial style table with heavy cast legs

Industrial style table with heavy cast legs

A round dining table is also familiar to us, often occupying a central place in a living room or a large kitchen. Obviously, such a model will not look against the wall, and the ergonomics of the room will not benefit. A round table needs space that is comparable to its size and a beautiful design, because being located in the center of the room, it inevitably attracts attention..

Dining tables. A small round dining table as the center of the composition of the room

A small round dining table as the center of the composition of the room

Dining tables. Underlined conciseness in a modern design of a wooden dining table on a tripod

Underlined conciseness in a modern design of a wooden dining table on a tripod

Less often you can see an oval dining table, although outwardly it looks stylish and brings a special zest to the interior. However, with him the same story as with a round one: the oval must be allocated a place in the middle of the room so that it looks organic.

Dining tables. In the dining room of a country house, you can place a massive table made of natural stone or its imitation for a large number of guests

In the dining room of a country house, you can place a massive table made of natural stone or its imitation for a large number of guests

Square table no less popular than rectangular, but there are some nuances with its placement in the interior. The square is less democratic than its rectangular counterpart, and requires competent softening of its equilateralism with other pieces of furniture.

Dining tables. If the footage of the dining room allows, you can give preference to a solid-looking large square table

If the footage of the dining room allows, you can give preference to a solid-looking large square table

There are options for a triangular shape, but this is already from the field of creativity, supported by a stylistic orientation, or, in the case when we have a coffee-dining table in front of us. Often, designers give such models asymmetrical outlines, abandoning the classic triangle, but admit that it is very difficult to fit them into the interior..

Having dealt with the forms, let’s move on to the functions. There are weekdays in the life of the dining table, but there are also holidays. And this is where the size of the object should worry us. However, manufacturers have long since solved our problem, and have created a folding dining table, universal.

Dining tables. A non-standard and very decorative solution would be a stone dining table with a finish that leaves a feeling of roughness.

A non-standard and very decorative solution would be a stone dining table, with a finish that leaves a feeling of roughness.

Extendable dining tables

With the advent of the first folding table, an active search began for various ways to transform a small tabletop into a large one. And today we got a wide choice. The modern transforming dining table is presented in several options:

  • folding
  • folding
  • sliding

The most striking example of a folding table is a book table. When folded, it turns into an impromptu bedside table, when half-open it perfectly copes with the functions of a family dining table, and on holidays it can be easily turned into a spacious space for a feast.

Dining tables. Console table with a telescopic mechanism that converts into a full dining table for 6 people

Console table with a telescopic mechanism that converts into a full dining table for 6 people

And finally, the option when one part of the countertop is superimposed on another. When unfolding, the effect of a book spread is obtained..

Dining tables. Classic form factor and futuristic outlines of a glossy table with gilded legs

Classic form factor and futuristic outlines of a glossy table with gilded legs

Folding models are the most ergonomic. They are ideal for small apartments. They are attached to the wall, supplied with legs, and are almost invisible when folded. Their only drawback is the lack of mobility. This option is optimal for a single person or an elderly couple..

Dining tables. A small folding dining table is a great trick for saving space with a small footage of housing, with the only drawback - stationarity

A small folding dining table is a great trick for saving space with a small footage of housing, with the only drawback – stationarity

Sliding dining tables popular with most are universal both in terms of operation and as a stylish decorative object of the interior. They can be round and oval, rectangular and square. The sliding mechanism itself, as a rule, is simple and does not require much effort for transformation: two or three movements, and the table for receiving guests is ready.

Dining tables. The round sliding table doubles the surface of the tabletop if necessary, with minimal effort and very smooth running of the fittings

The round sliding table doubles the surface of the tabletop if necessary, with minimal effort and very smooth running of the fittings

Mechanisms of tables-transformers

The range of transformers is represented by several types of tables.

In tables with a louver mechanism, additional tabletop parts slide out from the sides. This is the most convenient way of unfolding that every family member can handle..

Tables equipped with an automatic mechanism assume the extension of the additional tabletop automatically when the main part is moved.

Advice! When choosing a transforming table, check the sliding mechanism in action, evaluate how convenient it is for you to unfold it, make sure that the parts are fastened firmly.

Dining tables. Two in one: a minimal dining table that hides a second surface under the countertop for playing pool

Two in one: a minimal dining table that hides a second surface under the countertop for playing pool

Materials (edit)

When buying a dining table, apart from the price, we are concerned about two main aspects – strength and beauty. Both depend on the material from which the model is made..

A traditional solid wood dining table looks luxurious and rich, however, it weighs a lot, looks monolithic, and requires a permanent location. He is good in a huge living room of a country house. In a small version, it is also appropriate in a city apartment, but with a large footage.

Dining tables. A massive wooden dining table permanently located in the composition of the room

A massive wooden dining table permanently located in the composition of the room

Dining tables. A play on contrast: a massive wooden dining table top with light metal legs of a geometric shape

A play on contrast: a massive wooden dining table top with light metal legs of a geometric shape

Frequently found wooden dining tables are among the most durable models. With a simple design, they will perfectly fit into a rustic style. For lovers of sophistication, it is preferable to choose handmade products with ornate decor details and expensive wood species. Such a table will become a real decoration of the interior, while retaining all its useful functions..

Dining tables. Tables with worktops made of tightly fitted solid wood cuts look unusual

Tables with worktops made of tightly fitted solid wood cuts look unusual

Dining tables. Shabby chic sculpted round dining table made of concrete

Shabby chic sculpted round dining table made of concrete

A new trend is glass dining tables, which are no less durable than wooden ones, and yet require more careful handling. Organic for styles such as high-tech, modern, Mediterranean. In addition, glass needs special care so that it retains its presentable appearance for a long time..

Dining tables. The glass table top of the dining table opens up a view of the legs of an unusual shape and color, which are an independent piece of decor

The glass table top of the dining table opens up a view of the legs of an unusual shape and color, which are an independent piece of decor

Dining tables. The countertops of traditional dining tables made of natural stone look beautiful, and the most practical thing in everyday use is imitation of stone.

The countertops of traditional dining tables made of natural stone look beautiful, and the most practical thing in everyday use is imitation of stone.

Dining tables. A stationary concrete dining table with a geometric shape is a bold choice that will go well with natural materials in the decoration of the room

A stationary concrete dining table with a geometric shape is a bold choice that will go well with natural materials in the decoration of the room

Diversity of designs

Even in such a mundane piece of furniture as a dining table, designers find opportunities to play up its appearance in an original way. This trend is especially noticeable in transforming tables..

Dining tables. Welded structure of a large industrial dining table on wheels and an impromptu railing system on which you can attach lighting fixtures or simply hang kitchen utensils

Welded structure of a large industrial dining table on wheels and an impromptu railing system on which you can attach lighting fixtures or simply hang kitchen utensils

The artistic imagery of the designers and the technical capabilities of the engineers give the consumer real magic boxes. Dining tables turn into compact bedside tables, exquisite bookcases, stylish coffee tables. Sophisticated folding mechanisms do not frighten buyers, because buying a table, they get several pieces of furniture at once. Modern tables can be raised and lowered, they become wider and longer, change configuration and shape.

The oval folding dining table looks very beautiful, with smooth curves of the table top giving a pleasant sophistication to the interior. When folded, it can be oval or round, which also benefits the interior..

Dining tables. Modern combination of materials: white glossy worktop on a textured wood base

Modern combination of materials: white glossy worktop on a textured wood base

The small dining table, which is relevant for small-sized rooms, is also not devoid of a decorative highlight. An interesting model with a semicircular tabletop, attached to the wall. Often, “little ones” are equipped with glass countertops made of multi-colored and transparent glass. Of the design features of small tables, the presence of one leg should be highlighted, which, of course, plays into the hands of the ergonomics of the room..

Dining tables. A round dining table for two to three people is a nice option that saves space

A round dining table for two to three people is a cute option that saves space

In the diverse family of dining tables, everyone can find one that will not only become a functional piece of furniture, but also initiate a warm family tradition. Nothing brings households closer together like a delicious meal. At a common table, the culture of food is different, and praise for the hostess is heard more often. Do not abandon the ancient tradition, choose a table to taste and enjoy the charm of home comfort.

Dining tables. A glass table with smooth outlines will add lightness and airiness to the interior of the dining room

A glass table with smooth outlines will add lightness and airiness to the interior of the dining room