Space is a state of mind, but if you lack physical square footage, all you need are a few space-saving tricks to make up for it. If you've resorted to cuddling up on the couch with a TV dinner night after night, allow us to inspire you to turn even the smallest amount of unused space into a formal dining room. Ahead, 20 tiny dining rooms that prove even a studio apartment deserves a designated area for candle-lit dinners and early-morning coffee breaks.
The truth is, you really don't even need a dining space to have a place to enjoy meals. Some unused kitchen-counter space can also double as a place to dine. However, if you like putting labels on things, you can create some separation by decking out the base of your counter to fake the look of an actual dining table. Even renters can copy this pink tile look with a peel-and-stick backsplash.
If you have a window in your dining room, you'll love the feeling of enjoying your morning coffee, while soaking in the views. Pushing your squared dining table up against a window or wall is the quickest way to save space, and the best part is you can scoot the table out when you're entertaining guests and back in after they leave.
When furnishing your small dining room, opt for minimal stools without arms to save space. And while you're at it, pair your stools with a dining table and accents that mimic the same minimal design.
Bulky furniture will only make a small space feel smaller, whereas this setup gives the illusion of a larger, airier space.
Hang a Spotlight
Sometimes the most difficult part about creating a dining room with limited square footage is establishing it as its own space. Hanging a pendant lamp over your dining table will quite literally give it the spotlight it deserves. Doing so will create a much-needed separation from other areas, making it its own established space with its own purpose.
Living Room/Dining Room
On the flip side, you can position the rug in the living room and use the negative space as the perfect placement for your dining area. Again, the goal is just to create separation.
No matter how small your apartment is, there's always room for a place to enjoy a meal. If you have an empty wall, you can mount a shelf that doubles as a dining table. Pull up some stools and you've got yourself a space to dine.
Create a Nook
And even if you don't have an entire corner to spare, you can opt for a single bench. Two added French bistro chairs create the perfect setting for morning cappuccinos.
Pull Double Duty
The name of the game when working with small spaces is multifunctional. Placing a larger table in the kitchen not only works as a dining room, but it double duties as a functional kitchen island as well. Pull up some chairs and you have a place to entertain in the place that matters the most.
No matter how small (or big) a space, it can benefit from a large wall mirror. The reflection gives the illusion that the room is larger than it really is. We love how the mirrored pendant lamps add even more sparkle.
Make It Yours
Just because you're working with a small dining space, doesn't mean it doesn't deserve the attention you give to more larger rooms in your home. A custom mural, a new light fixture, and some greenery will make your tiny dining room look and feel like a significant space.
Full of Style
This dining room checks all the small-space decorating boxes. The bench seating along the wall, a round table, dedicated overhead lighting—it all works together to make the most of the limited square footage. And the best part is it doesn't lack on style one bit.