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Even if you haven’t moved out of that shoebox of an apartment yet, expanding your dining table for guests doesn’t have to be a sloppy afterthought — with a set of flimsy folding chairs from Ikea circa 2003. Give your guests the best seat in the house, like for real, with one of these cool new space-savers that you will want to keep out permanently — not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Ligne Roset’s re-edition of Pierre Paulin’s sophisticated 1983 design folds in the center and boasts a leather backrest for an extra touch of understated luxe. Available in black or natural beech wood. $1330 at Ligne Roset stores.

French designer Christian Desile’s namesake Desile chair is an awesome example of space-saving design. Each one is cut from only 20 mm of bamboo wood. $388 at A+R Store.

Here’s a seat that you can literally fold up into an envelope and keep in a drawer. Flux’s genius polypropylene chairs are practically weightless, but can support up to 350 pounds. Available in a full spectrum of hues, $109-$199 at YLiving