Eating in – how to make small spaces work
With time and space at a premium, sitting down at the dining table for a meal is becoming a thing of the past. It’s increasingly rare for households to have a dedicated dining room with a large table – and all too common for us to eat whilst perched on the edge of a sofa.
Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a big kitchen that can
double up as a dining room, or perhaps your living space has to work hard to
incorporate a table at which to eat. With a bit of careful shopping, it’s
possible to make your kitchen and dining room furniture work in whatever space you
have to play with.
Mid-Century Modern pieces were designed to fit in the smaller living spaces that were becoming common in the 1950s and ‘60s, so look out for sleek dining furniture inspired by this era when shopping for your kitchen table. Traditional British brand Ercol has a selection of simple dining tables that won’t overpower a living room, if you need your space to be multitasking. If you’re going to be using your hard-working table for working as well as eating, you can justify investing in a stunning designer piece.
If you’re struggling to squeeze an angular dining table into your kitchen, consider circular kitchen tables in modern glass or a more rustic wood, which were also popular in the Mid-Century era. These can often fit snugly into the corner of a kitchen, where rectangular tables may intrude on vital space.
Clever transforming tables start off small and extend to accommodate more diners. These make for perfect dining tables in small spaces. A drop-flap or folding table in a living room or pushed into a corner of a kitchen can be a great way to get more dining capabilities into a smaller room. When you need the extra table space, just extend the table or lift up one of the flaps – then when your dinner is done, just fold everything away tidily. Some table units even accommodate folding chairs and offer storage solutions for extra space saving.
If you’re in a studio flat with no distinct dining area, a coffee table with hidden storage could work wonders for your living space. Look for tables with drawers or lift-top storage too, which can be particularly handy if you need to hide away stationery to transform your table from desk to dining space on a regular basis. Choosing stackable or fold-away chairs for a dining area that serves other purposes is also a smart shopping idea to make the most of your space.
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