After posting my IKEA rant, check out what I came across on their website:
I can't tell if it is flimsy (it looks like it has potential to be wimpy, which may be why it didn't catch my eye in the showroom), or if there is really room on the table for four place-settings, but the concept looks like some of the more expensive stuff I've admired elsewhere. I am not a fan of white tables, but I actually like the red and white color scheme in this picture.
Here's the way the table looks upon folding:
Of course, the set is probably out of our price range, even though it isn't terribly expensive as tables go, and I am still not sure what we'd do with the chairs between meals. Luckily, IKEA offers a version without chairs so we could still potentially use, say, folding chairs.
They also have a "natural wood" version sold without chairs:
Perhaps there is some potential there, even though the thing could fold a little more neatly:
Searching on Ikea's website for desks, I also found some interesting ideas, even if I am not in the market right now for a desk.
These, for instance, are a bit boxy, but similar to desks featured in a number of small-space living design websites recently, placed flush against the wall as if to disappear in it:
And this seems altogether too bulky for our size of space, and it is not really my style, but it does present an interesting set of storage-desk combo options: