These Dining Room Ideas Prove a Small Space Can't Cramp Your Style

Updated 07/12/17

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.

Span White Gateleg Dining Table
Crate and Barrel Span White Gateleg Dining Table $299
Span White Gateleg Dining Table
Kartell Audrey Dining Chair Set of Two $910

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.

Wishbone Chair
Carl Hansen & Son Inc. Wishbone Chair $1010 $695
Lippa Marble Dining Table
LexMod Lippa Marble Dining Table $500

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. 

Greta Grossman 1950s Walnut Drop-Leaf Dining Table $4500
Lunar Ivory Vase
CB2 Lunar Ivory Vase $10

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.

Lenox Dining Chair
West Elm Lenox Dining Chair $249
watermark brass bistro table
CB2 Watermark Brass Bistro Table $249 $229

Have you managed to find space for a dining area in your small apartment? Share your decorating tips with us below. 

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