The core of all your meals is your dining table. Strong yet fashionable, it should reflect your personal taste and unique style. However, if you’ve used the same dining table for years, perhaps it’s time for an update. Here are the latest trends in contemporary dining tables rocking the world.

Round Glass Table: Glass tables are no longer just for the living room or nightstand. The focus will be on the immaculate design with a designer base, such as the Mensa table, with its birch plywood pattern reflecting a hanging pendant. It is another form and function case.

Mismatched dining tables: you will often have two tables placed side by side during family dinners, one taller table reserved for adults, and a shorter kiddie table for young people. Why not go a step further with this idea and find two tables of the same height and pull them together to make one table? It’s eclectic and chic.

High and low: not only will you save some money by mixing high-end dining tables with low cost chairs, it will also create a stylish and eye-catching look that will add charm to any dining room.

Dining tables in the kitchen: Many people choose to put their dining tables in the middle of their kitchens, combining kitchen space with dining space. These homeowners have no fear of placing tables of full size in the middle of their open kitchens. It’s an ingenious idea that adds to the kitchen a sense of community and sharing. This will only work if you have a large, ample kitchen to start with, of course.

Secret Dining Table: A couple built their 836 square feet dream house in the wooded foothills of Idaho out of passive solar straw bales and local landfill materials. This eco-house is on the small side, so they actually built a hidden dining table; in fact, it’s sunk into the floor of the living room, with seating built in. The space is covered with planks if not in use.

Convertible dining tables: these days, many people are no longer sitting down and eating in their dining rooms. They end up sitting and eating on the couch in front of the TV. Consider a convertible coffee table that can double as your dining table if you find yourself in this situation. In fact, there are a wide variety of height adjustable tables on the market; when you want to chow down, these can be raised and often extended to dining height.

Counter Height Dining Tables: You feel like you’re dining in a bar with these tables. It’s definitely a contemporary look, with open, loft-like spaces working great. You can also use high dining tables in the kitchen to accommodate 2 or 3 people for breakfast. Beware, however, this is not for us to be shorter.

Suspended Dining Table: This is kind of a piece of concept, but for the more avant-garde minded it works well. From the ceiling hangs a suspended dining table; instead of having legs, it has wires. The setup is harder than your average table, but this gives some edge to your place.

If you’ve ever been looking for the perfect piece of furniture, when you find it, you know what it feels like. It is a tremendous relief. You know its right because it only looks right and feels right. You can imagine using it easily in your home.

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