Chic & Clever Small Dining Room Ideas

Whether you’ve got a dedicated dining room or a dine-in kitchen, we’ve sifted through our Livingetc.com archives to pull out the best small dining room ideas. We’ve found two-seater dining nooks, clever extendable tables, tables that incorporate shelving, and we’ve even found dining areas that sit in a hallway space. They may be small but these dining room ideas all have one thing in common; they’re all cleverly space-saving while being effortlessly chic and stylish too.

One of the most popular space-saving ideas is wrap-around banquette seating that incorporates under-seat storage for table linens or children’s toys. This is ideal for kitchen nooks near windows, but also works along kitchen walls as a straight bench or an L shape too. In example 5 below, the owners installed a two-seater banquette bench by the window, perfect for sipping coffee with a newspaper in the mornings. The tiny breakfast nook takes up barely any space at all, but is still wonderfully stylish, with a trio of Lee Broom pendant lights – accentuating the ceiling height – and a buttoned back banquette that also lifts up to reveal hidden storage.

Or make like architecture studio De Rosee Sa and place a petite round table in a kitchen corner, illuminated by wall lights. A round table gives a softer look than a bulky square one. Make sure all storage is built-in, to keep floor space free.

In Casey Keasler’s design below, the table acts as both a dining table and kitchen island, with plug sockets under the table – ideal for plugging in the owner’s much-loved fondue set for dinner parties (and useful for other kitchen gadgets too).

For a super clean and minimalist look, take a leaf out of Lauren Weiss’ book (example 10) with a floating banquette bench that frees up floor space, and keep the rest of the furniture streamlined and minimalist too. To make more of a style statement, it’s worth bearing in mind that large furniture can ironically look more impactful (see example 8). In this dining space by Lance Thomas of Room Service, a round table was placed in the centre, surrounded by upholstered chairs that tuck neatly under. A striking ceiling pendant and artwork help make this small room feel grand and chic.

Last but not least, a space-saving favourite is the design by Shanghai-based X+Living for a tiny family apartment. The designer sectioned off a tiny corner and turned it into the dining booth, with a table that extends out to double its length. The nearby sofa can be separated into individual seats and pulled up to the table for dinner parties, while the high chair comes apart to become two separate children’s chairs. Genius.

Ready to get inspired? We’ve found 23 gorgeous small dining room ideas that pack a punch while making the most of a small space.

See Also: Statement Dining Room Lighting and Laid-back Luxe Dining Room Ideas

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