Cozy and compact, we love a round table.

As dramatic as a long-table dinner can be, there’s something wonderfully intimate about gathering around a small table with friends over food. Here’s a few dining rooms from the archives that make the most of a night at the round table.shift-interiors-dining-area (Photo: Tracey Ayton)

Bench Warmer

Try pairing bench seating and chairs with your round table to squeeze in a few extra dinner guests, like designer Jamie Deck did here.falkenraynolds_halfmoon_0493-cmyk_ (Photo: Emma Peter)

Coastal Cool

This oak dining table is a perfect retro fit in a mid-century-modern-inspired coastal cabin. Want more inspiration from this space with a breathtaking ocean view? Find it here.13062471_10154233240358115_1217724797528313203_n (Photo: Victoria Achtymichuk.)

The Rustic Look

Get a cabin-like feel in your dining room with a modern wooden dining table, like in this Fred Lasserre-designed home10410566_10153484542458115_4609070805965882647_n (Photo: Martin Tessler.)

Crafty Corner

Medieval times meets modern day as this 17th-century monastery table spruces up this Southern Alberta ranch designed by Elena Del Bucchia.2124_napier_stu0023small-768x513 (Photo: Ihor Pona.)

The More the Merrier

This classy light gray marble dining table seats seven—perfect for a lively get-together in a cozy laneway home designed by Smallworks.europainterior (Photo: Area Environments.)

Pure Drama

No light fixture required when you’ve got a dramatic feature wall like this one by Area Environments. Keep the table small for a big impact.dining nook

Mint to Be

A cozy dining nook with a mint wall makes the perfect home for a compact round table in this Falken Reynolds-designed home