The term “drop-leaf table” is pretty self-explanatory but we’ll say this anyway: this is a table which has a fixed section at the center and a leaf (hinged section) on either side which can be folded down/ dropped. The design is very practical and often preferred for small spaces. But not all drop-leaf tables are the same. Some don’t even have 2 leaves. In some cases one is all that’s needed. Some are all, some big, some are round and some are square. With so many types to choose from, you can surely find one that suits you.
This is a really interesting design where the drop leaf practically doubles the table size even though there’s only one of them. On one side you have the leaf and on the other you have a storage drawer for things like cutlery, napkins and other accessories usually used at the dinner table.
If you’re curious how a round table with a drop-leaf design looks like, check this one out. It’s a really pretty and elegant cocktail table/ dining table for two with a solid pedestal in black-painted wood and a round top with 9” drop leaves. When these are down, you can use the table as a console or store it neatly against a wall to save space. Available on Amazon.
Up next, a table with a top that’s square when the drop leaves are up and rectangular when they’re down. It can sit up to 6 people when expanded and it can serve as a console, vanity table or even as a desk when one or both leaves are dropped. The design is simple, a bit rustic, a bit industrial and a bit modern with just the right amount of casualness.
The typical drop leaf table looks like this. The casters are optional but they sure make the table more practical and easier to move around. Since the whole point of having a drop leaf table is to save space when you don’t need and to be able to use it to its full potential when needed, it makes sense for it to have a mobile base for easy storage and relocation. Found on Amazon.
Of course, not all drop leaf table designs focus on the same things. While sometimes it’s great to have two large extra panels that can extend a small table for two into one for six or more, that’s not always what the user needs. Sometimes you just want to expand the table a little bit just to have a few extra inches to work with. Found on Amazon.
Obviously, there are drop-leaf tables for every style. This one from Amazon, for instance, is a cottage-style table which, when fully expanded, has a round top. It’s simple, cute and practical and it can be used in a variety of settings and for a variety of purposes.
When saving space with hinged leaves isn’t enough, other design methods are required. Check out this space-efficient table and chair combo. In addition to having casters for mobility, drawers for storage and plenty of room inside for the bar stools, this table is pretty cool in other ways too. Its a design that grows on you as you use it. Found on Amazon.
Chic and simple, this dining set is just what a small space needs. The table is small and compact, featuring a square-shaped top when in its most compact form with the possibility to add an oval side leaf which acts as an extension or as an extra seat for someone. The two chairs have just the right amount of elegance to stand out in a subtle and casual manner. Found on Amazon.
Is it a console? Is it a desk? Is it a dining table? Well, it’s actually all these things in one. The coolest thing about the Mix table is actually not its versatility but the fact that when both its leaves are down it becomes only a few cm wide. That means you can neatly store it behind the sofa, between a wall and a cabinet and basically anywhere there’s something to lean on.
The most common transformation when it comes to drop-leaf tables remains that from console to dining table. The frame design differs from case to case. This particular model has a rather interesting structure and a simple and highly functional design. Found on Amazon.
The Monarch dining set is a three-piece combo with two chairs and a stylish little table with a 36” diameter. Think of it as a nice addition to a spacious kitchen, a sort of alternative to the typical breakfast nook but also as a desk or a dining table for small spaces. Available on Amazon.
Check out another stylish drop-leaf table worthy of mention. It’s part of the Dover II collection and it’s made of solid wood veneer with a vintage white and cheery finish combo. The contrast between the frame and the top is elegant and actually in perfect sync with every little details of the design.
Small and compact are the main characteristics of most drop-leaf tables. That’s especially true in the case of those with a round top or those with big leaves that go all the way down, leaving the table thin and practical just like a console. This one has a really cute design. We absolutely love the pedestal base.
Technically this isn’t exactly a drop-leaf table. It doesn’t have a base and when its most compact form it looks a lot like a small wall-mounted cabinet. Inside there are indeed some storage cubbies and shelves but the truly cool element is the door which becomes the support base for a small desk/ table. There are tons of settings suitable for this piece of furniture. You can put it in a hallway, the entryway, the living room or even the bedroom. It’s one of those surprise pieces which leaves everyone impressed even though the design is extremely simple. Found on Amazon.