For many small-space dwellers, a dedicated dining room is just a dream. But a place to eat — and for many, entertain — is a must. So, how do you resolve the issue of a lack of square footage? With a little creativity. From eat-in kitchens and breakfast nooks to bistro setups and multifunctional areas, we've pulled together 12 tiny dining ideas that deliver big style.
1. Put your own stamp on things.
2. Utilize every square inch.
Just because you live in a studio apartment doesn't mean you have to eat on the couch or in bed. A compact bistro set will fit neatly against the wall, and the chairs usually tuck under when not in use.
3. Mix up the seating.
4. Use an area rug to define the space.
5. Punch up the color.
6. Make furniture do double duty.
7. Don’t skimp on accessories.
8. Or, keep it simple.
9. Invite good energy with plants.
10. Anchor with art.
Take notes from Sarah over at Room for Tuesday: A well-placed painting or photograph can really help define an area — especially in an open-plan abode — not to mention add visual interest and cohesion.
11. Skip the set.
Don't get us wrong: There are lovely prefab dining sets. But why limit yourself when you can mix and match? This cheerful alcove from Mila over at Jest Cafe is a great example of how thinking outside the box can really pay off. The wraparound bench offers lots of seating and storage without taking up much space.