If you own or live in a small apartment or flat than a folding dining table is the ideal piece of furniture for you. Note that while I refer to them as ‘folding dining tables’ in this article many other people also call them ‘convertible sets’ or ‘convertible dining sets’ due to the fact that they convert (much like a Transformer!)
The main benefit of a folding dining table is that it can be used like an ordinary table and then folded and stored away when it is not needed. They are designed in such a way that they can often be folded up and stored in the smallest of places, making them ideal for anyone that is limited on space in their home. Note that while it’s more common to find a square dining table that folds up, finding a folding dining table isn’t beyond the realms of possibility; it’s just more of a rarity.
The great thing about a folding dining table is that you can get it out and set it up when you’re about to have lunch or dinner and then fold it up and store it away afterwards so that you can use the space for other things.
Typically folding dining room tables are made from either wood or metal, and each has its own strengths and weaknesses. For example, wooden tables are much nicer to dine on, are more traditional looking and look nice inside a living room. On the other hand, metal tables are much more durable, will last longer and can be used outside but they don’t usually look half as nice and I can’t imagine using one as my main dining room table in my home.
This is not necessarily a bad thing, however, since many people consider their folding dining table to be an optional extra for when they have extra guests come round and they need extra room to put things on (such as when they have a party). The rest of the time their folding table is kept upstairs in the spare bedroom and out of reach.
Other times when folding dining tables are useful is for people that have just bought or moved into a new apartment and don’t have a lot of room to play with (such as newlyweds).
In the current financial market buying a house is nearly impossible to do without going bankrupt so by the time most people have one they have no money left for a fancy dining room set, and often times the property that they have bought only has room for a folding dining table.