Cheap Extending Dining Tables 2019 | The Sun UK

Cheap Extending Dining Tables 2019 | The Sun UK


A CHEAP extending dining table is an invaluable and nifty piece of furniture if you only have a small dining space, but still need to feed a family.

Simply pull out the extra tabletop space, tuck into dinner then fold it away to reclaim your room.

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There are several different types of extending dining tables.

So we’re going to run through each design and say which situation they suit best.

Centre Leaf & Butterfly

A centre leaf table pulls out at each end, leaving a space in the middle for the extra section of table, which is stored neatly under the centre of the table.

The butterfly option is similar to centre leaf in that it has an extra section stored under the table that fits in place when both ends are pulled out, but this section is folded via a hinge in the middle – just flip open and slot into place.

Best for: Sturdiness.

Drop Leaf & End Leaf

The simplest style of extending dining table, a drop-leaf table has an extension or 'leaf' connected by a hinge that drops down when you don't need it.

You can have one or both ends up or down at any one time.

End-leaf designs have one two extra sections concealed below the table that you slide outwards and up, then lock into place.

Again, you can use one or both sections.

Best for: versatility

Gateleg & End Leg

Gateleg tables fold down to just a narrow strip of wood when dismantled.

The large extension sections (which almost touch the floor) lift up from both sides and are propped up by supporting legs, which also fold away via a hinge when not in use.

End-leg designs expand from just one end.

The extra section is stored underneath the table and is placed on top of the legs, which are fixed in position and pulled outwards from the main table.

Best for: most extension

Butterfly Storage

These are the same as gateleg tables but also come with simple, lightweight chairs that can be folded away and stored inside.
Best for: compact spaces

Flip Top

This type of table has a top section that’s the same size as the perimeter of the four fixed legs when not in use, and flips open via a hinge to double in size.
Best for: not looking like an extending dining table.

Now, on to our edit of the best online extending dining tables – and they are all are under £230.

1. Jones Grey Extending Dining Table

  • Jones Grey Extending Dining Table, £174.30, Marks & Spencer – buy here

We love this modern oak-effect table because of its unusual grey tabletop.

It’s a simple flip-top design that will seat four at its smallest and six at its biggest.

It lends itself to contemporary and Scandi-style decor and currently has 30 per cent off.

2. Ekedalen Extendable Table

  • Ekedalen Extendable Table in Oak Veneer and White, £170, Ikea – buy here

This end-leaf table seats up to six when not extended and up to eight when fully extended.

The legs pull out at one end and the extra section – concealed underneath the table – simply slots into the space.

3. Gateleg Extendable 4-6 Seater Table

  • Gateleg Extendable 4-6 Seater Table in Light Oak Effect, £79.99, Argos – buy here

Who says extending dining tables have to be rectangular?

This curvy design is a gateleg table, so it’s super compact when not in use and can seat up to six when fully extended.

Even better, this table currently has 20 per cent off and also comes in white.

4. dCor Design Nala Extendable Dining Table

  • dCor Design Nala Extendable Dining Table in High-gloss White, £229.99, Wayfair – buy here

Moving away from tradition a little further, this high-shine white centre-leaf extending table is ideal for an uber-modern dining space.

It’s easy to clean, can comfortably seat eight and also comes in black gloss.

5. Simply Elegant

  • Essentials Mino Extending Dining table, Oak, £229, Made – buy here

A stylish centre-leaf design in oak veneer and iron, like this one, should set you back several hundred pounds.

But that’s the beauty of online stores like Made – they cut out the middle man so can pass on the savings to the customer but still promise high quality and the best materials.

This design is versatile enough to suit almost any scheme and can seat eight when fully extended.

6. White & Pine Butterfly Drop Leaf Foldaway Dining Set

  • Centurion Pine White & Pine Butterfly Drop Leaf Foldaway Dining Set with 4 Foldaway Chairs, £219, Amazon – buy here

A drop-leaf table with four chairs for less than £220? It doesn’t get much better value than that.

This pine-and-painted table is perfect for studio flats or if you only use a dining table every so often, and the chairs fold away and are stowed in the centre of the table when not in use.

Oh, and it comes with free delivery. Brilliant.

Not convinced a cheap extending dining table is for you? Take a look at our best dining table picks.

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