Small Dining Room Ideas

by | May 17, 2022

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Get the most out of your small dining area

Many homes have the luxury of either a separate room to use as a dining room, or a kitchen large enough to have a good-sized dining room table in it, but what if you live in a small apartment, or a small house and don’t have really any space at all?

How do I make the most of a small dining room?

Throughout this blog we will cover a few small dining room ideas that will make you the ‘hostess with the most’ess’. From a tiny nook to a corner in a room – let’s get you entertaining from the get-go.


How do you create a dining area in a small space?

Let’s start by using the kitchen. If the area is large enough for a small table, then carefully measure up and look around for something that fits your needs.

A small table can be placed against a wall or a breakfast bar and pulled out when you have guests.

If there are only two of you eating most nights – why have four chairs? Invest in two nice comfy chairs for your everyday use and store away a couple of fold up chairs for when you have guests coming for dinner.

It saves space and will not take up too much space with a little careful planning.

Small dining area with a small table

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So, if entertaining is really not your thing but you still want somewhere to sit down and drink your morning coffee and eat your bowl of cereal a pull-down table attached to a wall will not only save you massive amount of space but is very simple to install.

Fold out table dining room ideas

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You can position the table underneath a window, on the side of a cabinet, or in the corner of a room. Plenty of room to enjoy breakfast for two and just fold it back when you are finished.

Which dining table shape is best for a small space?

This is all about adaptation. If you have a nice corner available in a part of your living room or kitchen you could install bench seating and dining table that fits the area snugly.

Bench seating can be neatly pushed against the wall or underneath the table. For this type of seating, I would suggest a square or rectangular table.

For less space then opt for a bistro style arrangement, or even a table that can be extended should you need more space for extra guests.

A very popular idea is just a bar stool type arrangement which really does not take up much room and can fit snugly in that corner that is begging for some attention.

Bistro table

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How do you split a room into living room and dining room?

Having a fairly decent size living room can give you the opportunity to incorporate a dining room. If you have just the one large space this can be quiet easily achieved with just a few simple tricks.

Small dining room table

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A clever way of sectioning off an area into two is by using the sofa as in this picture which intersects the room, in theory visually creating the illusion of a separate room but with no barriers.

The dining room table has a rug positioned underneath it which again creates the illusion of a division. If you have the space add a nice credenza to store your plates, glasses and tableware and maybe even some subtle lighting like a table lamp.

Another idea to section off the area is to use freestanding screens, or even a cubed cupboard can double up as a divider.

These items are not permanent so the layout of the room can easily be changed around should you need to, but they offer a temporary solution to dividing a room into two.

How do you build a dining room in a small apartment?

Dining table and stools

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Apartments can be quite pokey and small and some are so small even the kitchen is built within the living room which does make it really complicated if you want an area for dining. Here, you have to think big but buy small.

For example, take a look at the photograph above. A very small bar stool table with two chairs tucked up against a small wall. It could even be positioned by the window or in a nook.

If space is really that limited invest in a foldaway table that can stand against a wall and store a couple of foldaway chairs in a cupboard.

We found this gateleg table in Ikea which comes in white and wood effect. Both sides fold down but when the table is extended you can easily get four chairs around it.

Ikea Dining Table

Ikea Dining Table

A super space saver is to opt for stools instead of chairs around a dining room table. Not only are some stools stackable but they take up less space than a dining chair.

Alternatively push the stools under the table which will save you even more room.
You can also create a small eating area by hanging a good size shelf on the wall which doubles as a countertop and just pop a couple of stools underneath the shelf to pull out when you are ready to chow down.

Take a look below at some of the small dining room items you can purchase online to make your eating experience a happy one.

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space saving dining set

The Space Saver Set 

For just under $288 this space saving set has two stools and the table and the added bonus it comes on coasters so you can roll it around the room – stools as well.

The table has a drop leaf so you may even get a couple more guests around but obviously you’ll need a couple of extra stools.

The table stands at around 32” and the seats at about 21”. Check out Amazon for more details.

The Breakfast Bar

Double up a Breakfast Bar  

This beautifully styled kitchen island comes in black acacia with a white Italian marble top, so not only does it give you extra space for preparing meals, but the side extends so you can either dine on the smaller table or on the higher counter top if you have stools.

There is an abundance of storage including drawers and shelves, so not only do you get to savour the dining experience, but you have more countertop and storage space as well.

Bar table and stools

The Bar Table and Stools 

This simple and streamlined table has a solid white marble tabletop and is styled in a farmhouse design.

The counter height size makes it perfect for dining and it can be pushed against the wall with the stools placed underneath. Made from mango this little gem will little perfect in any small apartment.

Bistro style dining

Taking it Bistro style

A Bistro style table inspired by an Italian 1970s design. The top is of solid marble and the base is iron with an ivory finish. A couple of cute leather look chairs in a deep brown finish this sheek dining look off.

Bar stool

Shalimar Tobacco Leather Stool

Open-backed design counter stool in Shalimar tobacco leather and a very sleek exposed solid oak frame.


The Bench 

Made from top grain leather this beautiful bench will look stunning against any wall and is perfect should there be any accidents or spills. Finished in a rich brown colour and inspired by the 1950s era.


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