Making the Most of a Small Dining Space

Some homeowners may aspire to have expansive dining rooms that seat 12 people under a stunning chandelier. This type of space certainly makes it easier to host dinner parties. However, modern homes usually have small dining rooms which require owners or tenants to be resourceful when entertaining guests.

Hosts may not be able to expand their dining spaces, but there are clever ways to maximize every inch of a small dining room and even smart solutions for those who don’t have a room at all. to eat.

Create the illusion of more space

Restoration areas can be expanded with a few tricks. A mirror on the wall will reflect light and enlarge the room. Additionally, a large-scale patterned floor or oversized artwork on the wall can make the room feel more spacious.

Maximize seats

Chairs can take up a lot of space in a dining room. To maximize seating availability in small dining rooms — or spaces where you need to create a seating area — opt for built-in banquettes or benches. These ideas can help instantly create a cozy corner and save space.

Let space guide furniture choices

Depending on the size and shape of the room, choose a table that will fit comfortably. A round pedestal can take up less space in a smaller room than an oblong or rectangular pedestal. Also, if you have a narrow kitchen-type dining area, choose a narrow table and low-profile chairs. Again, benches can work well in tight spaces. Or even consider a taller pub table.

Use the kitchen island

Many modern homes don’t have a dedicated dining room, but kitchens that open into living rooms. Homeowners with kitchen islands can use large islands as dining areas, and they’re easy places to enjoy casual meals when stools are pulled up to the island.

Install a drop-leaf table

Drop-leaf tables do for dining rooms what Murphy beds do for guest rooms. A wall-mounted drop-leaf table can be folded down for entertaining and folded back when the space needs to be rearranged.

Lighten the color palette

Make dining rooms look bigger with brighter colors. Brightly colored decor, furniture and flooring can do the trick.

Invest in storage rooms

A simple buffet can store silverware, tablecloths, wine glasses and more, but also serve as a bar or server for a buffet.

Small dining rooms can be functional when space is maximized and design tricks are implemented.

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