Small dining areas don't have to be a challenge

by Country View Woodworking Ltd on 2018-06-08 17:23:31

If you have a small dining area—whether it’s an entire dining room, an eat-in kitchen, or a dinette right off the kitchen—you may find yourself constantly wishing you had more space. Sometimes all you need to make your space feel larger is the right furniture. If you’re considering new dining room furniture, here are some ideas to help make the most of your space.

Self-storing or removable table leaves. When you have guests over for dinner, it’s nice to be able to provide enough space at the table for everyone. That doesn’t mean you need to have a 10-person table available at all times when your family of four could get by with a four- or six-person table. That’s where leaves come in handy. Leaves allow you to extend your table as needed to accommodate guests, but you can enjoy a more compact table the rest of the time. Some tables are built with self-storing leaves, which are a great solution if you don’t have a lot of space in your home to store extra leaves. Other tables have removable leaves that can easily be inserted as needed. 

Benches. Benches are often overlooked as an option when it comes to dining room seating, but they can be a stylish and versatile solution if you have limited space in your kitchen or dining room. Benches can be placed directly against a wall in a narrow space, and depending on the table leg style, many benches can be stored directly under the table when not in use, saving valuable floor space. If you prefer chairs over benches, another option is to keep a bench on hand to use only when you add leaves to your table and need extra seating. The nice thing about benches is they can be used for multiple purposes elsewhere in the home when not being used at the table, whereas extra chairs can be awkward to store. Benches have practical uses in mudrooms, foyers, bedrooms, or basements, or could even be used as a backdrop to your home decor. 

Modern or transitional furniture. Heavy or ornate furniture can make a small dining area feel stuffy and crowded, which calls unnecessary attention to the fact that the space is small. Modern or transitional furniture opens up a space visually with its clean, simple lines, so it is an excellent way to help a small space appear larger. With the focus off the size of your room, you’ll have more freedom to add visual interest with accents such as window treatments, wall decor, or decorative accents such as centerpieces, vases, or pottery. 

Consider shape. When choosing furniture for small dining areas, make sure to consider the shape of the room or area. If you have a square space in your eat-in kitchen for a table, then a long rectangular or oval table will probably always feel like it’s in the way. A round or square table will make the kitchen feel larger visually and allow comfortable traffic flow on all sides of the table. Likewise, a round or square table in a long, narrow dining room will highlight the narrowness of the room, although adding an item such as a sideboard, buffet, hutch, or server to one end of the room could help offset the room’s length. 

Multi-purpose items. In a small dining space, the less clutter the better. Sometimes a good solution to dealing with clutter is to incorporate items that can serve multiple purposes. For instance, bar stools that normally take up too much space in the kitchen could be used in other rooms as plant stands or side tables. When you have company, they could easily be converted back to extra seating. Sideboards, servers, and buffets in a dining room could provide extra storage for utensils, dishes, or table linens, while offering the perfect setting for a convenient mini dessert or coffee bar. They can also provide much-needed surface area for serving food when you have limited kitchen counter space. Sideboards can also be used in living rooms behind sofas, or in foyers as a place for guests to sit their bags, keys, or other items while they remove their coats or shoes. Additionally, sideboards and buffets give you a place to display items that create a fun and inviting atmosphere in your home. 

With a little creativity, planning, and the right furniture, you can make even the smallest dining space work to your advantage. From dining tables with self-storing leaves to space-saving benches, we’ve got furniture in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit your home! 

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