Having spent the first few months of this year searching for the perfect apartment, I've realized that one aspect is the ultimate measure of luxury in New York City. No, it's not a washer-dryer or dishwasher (although they're a big plus); it's a dining room. When space is limited, dining rooms are often the first thing to go, but they're one of the most important areas in a home if you love to entertain. Having a dedicated dining area encourages you to host friends, chat with your S.O. sans technology, and even make more home-cooked meals—it can prompt a total lifestyle change.
If you're convinced that your apartment is just too tiny to fit a dining table and chairs, think again. These small–dining room ideas on Instagram prove that with the right furniture (and a few pro tips), it's possible. Here's how to find the space for a dining area, no matter the size of your home.
Opt for Convertible Furniture
Traditional dining tables might typically be cumbersome, but there are a ton of smart convertible options that maximize your small space. Homepolish interior designer Crystal Sinclair found this genius Crate and Barrel dining table, which sits snug against a wall and can be opened to offer more seating.
Expand a Nook
Just because you don't have a dedicated dining room doesn't mean you can't host. Make the most of an existing banquette or kitchen nook by styling a circular table close by to maximize seating space.
Consider Existing Décor
Nervous about cluttering your living room with an additional table? Take note of the existing materials and décor style in your space before adding more furniture. This antique wood find, captured by Zio and Sons, pairs perfectly with the wood windowsill and folds up when not in use.
Choose Streamlined Furniture
Consider the silhouette of your dining set before purchasing it. When space is limited, opt for a table and chairs with a minimal, streamlined design that won't cramp your space. This vintage chair set and marble-top bistro table in The Siren Hotel give guests a great, small multipurpose seating area that doesn't clutter the room.
Have you managed to find space for a dining area in your small apartment? Share your decorating tips with us below.