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5 Ways to Create Small Space Dining Areas


For many of us, having a separate dining room is something we only experience in our home decorating daydreams. Until these dreams become reality, creating a small dining space in the kitchen is the next best thing. Here are five clever ways you can create a designated eating space without completely cluttering your kitchen. 

1. Raising the Bar

When a full-sized table isn’t an option, a breakfast bar is the perfect way to sneak in a small dining space without taking up too much room. They are perfect for galley style kitchens or tucked under a window, and with just a few brackets and a piece of shelving, you can create a perfect spot to perch with your morning coffee.  

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2. Double Duty 

When space is in short supply, it’s best to pick pieces of furniture that serve multiple purposes. Enter the kitchen island, which can be used for food preparation, storage, and a dining surface. All you need are a few stools and voilà! -you have created a room within a room. 

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3. Now You See Me…

For the tiniest of kitchens, having a dining space that can fold down or collapse when not in use is a great compromise that won’t leave your kitchen cramped. Tables like this and this are affordable and easy to install.

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4. The Nook

If you have a corner to spare, creating a cozy nook is a great way to bring warmth and character to a space. Utilizing a bench means more seating while taking up less room than regular chairs. Another excuse to buy throw pillows? Yes, please. 

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5. Bistro Style

Add a touch of Parisian flair to your kitchen with a simple bistro table and a pair of chairs. Even the smallest of tables can add valuable surface area to your kitchen—perfect when eating a simple meal for two. Bon appétit! 

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Eating is a big part of everyday life, so it’s important to have a space where you can sit down and appreciate a meal rather than standing against the kitchen counter or balancing a plate on your lap while on the couch. When you create a dining space (even if it’s only few square feet) you are able to sit back, relax, and enjoy your food! 

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