How to get the most out of a small dining room
A small dining room can be turned into a functional and stylish area, whatever the shape or size. The trick is to use clever designs and include all the features you want, including storage options.
Think about how much space your family needs in an ideal world, but also consider if it will work logistically too. For example, turn your dining table into a multi-functional piece that can be used for other activities; perhaps an extra surface to do homework on or handy extra storage when not needed for meals?
Also, think about different pieces of furniture that can do double duty, like ottomans serving as additional seating or even coffee tables doubling up as drinks stations when entertaining guests. Read below to see our favorite small dining rooms ideas for inspiration:
1) Small dining room storage room.
A small dining area can include a few extra pieces of furniture to save space around the home. The same goes for the kitchen workspace or living areas. In this minimalist design, a dining table with two chairs is replaced by a sleek cupboard that takes up less floor space and still provides plenty of styles, and is practical for storing items from cutlery to crockery.
Even the plates are displayed on vintage wine racks to be easily seen and accessed when needed. It also includes an under-counter bar where glasses, cups, and bottles are stored ready for use. Another clever addition in this minimalistic design is glass fronted wall units that separate sections off yet still allow them to be part of just one ample space.
Statement decorative lights and a few pieces of artwork give the minimal room a sparkle while also adding to the contemporary look that’s popular in interior design right now. Instead of using a standard bookcase, designers have created an under-counter locking cabinet for all their books, CDs music DVDs so they can be stored safely away without taking up valuable space.
The clever addition of decorative tiles set into the kitchen floor means there is no need for extra chairs or seating areas, so it maximizes floor space. Making rooms multi-functional not only helps save on money but also increases your living area, meaning you’re able to fit more furniture into each room without making them feel cramped
2) Small dining room with a table.
Another clever way to maximise floor space is by incorporating a useful ottoman tucked away under the dining table. The bright blue and white checked fabric looks great against the wood, too, so it doesn’t clash or look out of place.
This small dining room also has glass-fronted wall units separating different sections of the room and taking up very little space, making it feel spacious and open. Therefore, before buying new furniture, measure the area you aim to fill and then consider if it will work in terms of how much space is left for people to sit around it comfortably.
Measure the combined width of your sofa cushions, as well as armrests as this, will give you an idea if there’s enough space for everyone to move around comfortably without constantly bumping into each other. Most people don’t want to sit on the floor, even if they’re watching TV!
3) Small dining room kitchen combo.
A small dining area can be designed to include an alcove or nook where you can place your cooking appliances. This saves space rather than having a separate kitchen and dining area, taking up much-needed floor space in homes that are becoming smaller across the board because of rising house prices.
Here, instead of long sofa cushions taking up valuable space, there is a bench seat on one side which creates additional storage underneath for storing items like jars and pots neatly out of sight when not being used.
Alternatively, you could also have a drop-leaf table in the room so it can be easily extended out when you entertain guests making your small dining area seem much bigger than it is and giving you plenty of space to move around safely and still sit comfortably.
Even the kitchen cupboard has been designed to be multi-functional and can easily be left open as a space-saving storage area for tall items like glass jars and tall wine bottles.
The glass-fronted wall unit is part of the dining room but also serves as additional storage, making it easy to gain access to pots, pans, and any other kitchen essentials you may need quickly. Although it’s used as an alcove here, your small dining area could also be fitted with a desk for those who like to work from home or enjoy using their laptop while they eat dinner at the table.
4) Dining room seatings.
A sofa that doubles up as an extra seat makes this cramped, tiny dining area seem much more significant than it actually is. However, the high back on the sofa makes it very comfortable and not cramped at all, which is often a problem with small rooms.
A side table has been placed between it and the kitchen unit, giving you plenty of space to store books, newspapers, and mugs while you eat dinner or chat with friends over drinks. If your dining area is also used as an office or for watching TV, then try fitting some shelving around these zones, so they’re hidden away nicely when not in use but still within easy reach for when you need them.
This room looks like it could be part of someone’s loft apartment, but instead, that open staircase goes up into another living area altogether! It’s cleverly divided into two sections by a glass balustrade and glass-fronted wall unit with the space on the left allocated to cooking and dining while the more open area on the right is reserved for watching TV.
Once again, clever use of glass-fronted storage like this makes it seem like there’s plenty of space in what can be quite a tiny room. Also, look at how tall that ceiling is! This gives you an idea of just how much head height adds to the sense of space in rooms which are usually kept relatively low-ceilinged to maximize living space.
5) Spacious dining room.
A more traditional-looking rectangular shaped table has enough room for four people around it, which means that even when chairs are tucked away underneath, there is still ample floor space to walk around without fear of bumping into the table or chairs. In addition, the floor to ceiling glass on one side of the room makes it look much bigger than it actually is, giving everyone a sense of being outside even if they’re sitting inside!
The pale blue walls and cream-colored sofa suit this room perfectly as it means that no matter what color scheme you have in your kitchen, everything still works together, making this small dining area seem just as spacious as any other living space.
6) Dining nook.
An alcove with a built-in seat hidden away at one end is a great way to make use of a bit more space in a smaller environment. It can be used for reading, watching TV, or simply having dinner at the table tucked safely away from the rest of the room.
If there’s a window opposite, then pulling back the curtain and opening up the shutters can make it seem like you’re eating in a space outside with plenty of light falling into the room from all sides!
If there isn’t, however, then the subtle spotlights fitted along the base of this alcove will look just as lovely.
There we have it. Just because your dining room isn’t the largest in the world doesn’t mean you cannot transform it into the perfect dining experience. If you have any other tips, let us know in the comments section.