10 Savvy Ways to Design a Small Dining Area

10 Savvy Ways to Design a Small Dining Area

10 Savvy Ways to Design a Small Dining Area

If you reside in a home or an apartment without a dedicated dining room, finding a place where you can entertain and eat without throwing the remainder of the space from balance can be challenging. But by making a couple of smart furniture options and nailing your style, your little dining space may fit into the remainder of your home and support mealtimes and even dinner parties with ease.

After sifting through hundreds of potential dining room shots to include here, I found three important strategies that seem to work really well, whatever the space:
Hang a light fixture right above the table — especially if your table is in an unusual spot. (If you rent, consider placing a pair of lamps on a slender console behind or next to your table)
Hang something which draws the eye over your table: a hefty mirror or framed artwork work equally well.Stick with the overall style you already have going in the remainder of your space for the most cohesive look.
Let’s take a good look at 10 little dining spaces and why they work.

Ryland Peters & Small | CICO Books

Small can seat a crowd. Make the most of a small space with built-in benches tucked into the corner of this room. In case you’ve got a bit more space, choose a round or oval table — you are going to have the ability to seat more people. Otherwise, a table will conserve the floor space.

Do not waste any space: Use storage in the benches for table linens and elaborate dishes.

Niche Interiors

Small can be chic. Create the disposition of a chic small café by cozying your table up to a wall and adding artwork and a light fixture. For this look, select lighter-scale pieces like the airy table with metal legs along with the vintage chairs displayed here.


Small can be striking. I really like the idea of creating a big style announcement in a little space. In the dining area try playing with scale, choosing a high-back seat flanked by a pair of teensy seats as revealed here.

Lighting note: The best suggestion I have for defining a small dining space is to install pendant lights over the table. They define the area and (especially if you place the lights on dimmers) let you control the mood.

Michael Fullen Design Group

Small can be posh. A classic pedestal table in a gleaming dark finish sets the tone for a luxurious space. Complete the seating area with upholstered seats, a silky-soft rug along with an airy chandelier.

Amanda Carol Interiors

Small can blend in. When your space is really small, it is vital for every bit of furniture to do double (or triple) duty. A round table and Louis-style chairs can be tucked against the wall for solo dishes and studying or working on a laptop, then dragged to the center of the room to squeeze in a couple of added friends.

Small can be versatile. A drop-leaf table can work for two in the installation shown here but matches many more when fully stretched. To reallysave space, it may even be pushed flush against the wall when not needed and utilized as a sideboard with a pub menu on top.

Tenney Construction

Small may work. Really stuck on where to place a table? Consider installing one which mounts on the wall (or on a kitchen island, as revealed here) and folds down when not in use.

Emily McCall

Small can be cozy. Frequently, an upholstered seat doesn’t take up any more room than a pair of seats, yet feels much more comfortable during holiday dishes and mornings with coffee and the newspaper. Smaller seats (like the bentwood ones used here) can fill in the other hand without taking up much space.

Eclectic Living Home

Small can be sleek. Embrace the fresh color palette and lively atmosphere of your favourite café with a tall table and slender chairs. Keep the mood light with a refreshing citrus hue on the walls along with a bit of artwork that makes you grin.

A note on high stools: Make sure that your stools have footrests at an proper height for you. It’s no fun trying to enjoy your meal simply to realize that your legs are falling asleep.

Kate Jackson Design

Small can be fun. In certain instances, I think it is easier to decorate a little space, because the effect of colour, pattern and style goes a long way. Try entertaining, picture chair cushions, a colorful light fixture, a wallpapered accent wall, a sculptural topiary, a distinctive thrifted centerpiece or whatever your heart desires.

Tell us What’s your best little space dining suggestion?

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