Interior Design Tips & Tricks for Renters

5 Clever Ways to Create a Dining Room in a Small Apartment

With space becoming more and more a luxury feature in modern apartments, having a separate dining room is an unrealistic expectation. That is why, until your home decorating dreams come true, you must keep searching for ways to maximize the efficiency of every inch within the four walls of your home. Whether you want to adopt the minimalist approach or design a chic eating space, here are five game-changing ways to create a dining room when you don’t have one:

Expand or Fold Away

The arrangement of a functional dining area in a small apartment requires plenty of creativity and practical thinking, which is why investing in an extendable dining table is a clever choice. You can save space and have a compact table for yourself on a typical day and open it up only when you have company. In the same way, additional chairs can be stored away when not in use.

However, if you can’t think of any area for a permanent dining spot, no matter how small, invest in a foldaway table that you can easily bring out only at mealtimes and put that space to better use for the rest of the day. Depending on your budget, this table can be store bought or a DIY project for an even more rewarding outcome.

Beautifully Unconventional

Being short on space doesn’t mean you can’t get creative. Even if you don’t have a spare room or your kitchen doesn’t allow a dining area, it is possible to create one elsewhere. Think unconventionally and make use of another area in your apartment where you could enjoy your meals. For example, if you have a larger hallway, you can put it to better use than crowding it with extra cupboards that you hardly use.

Don’t Ignore the Walls

Placing furniture against walls is often frowned upon, due to aesthetic principles. But because rules are made to be broken, this option can be the most effective solution when it comes to limited space. Especially in a narrow room, you’d be surprised how much space it saves if you don’t put your table in the center, but instead unite it with the wall (or a window). On special occasions it can be relocated and on regular days you can enjoy the extra space.

Think Up

Managing storage in an undersized kitchen is a brutal chore and it often seems like there is no way you can squeeze in a decent eating space. However, if you make use of the vertical space by organizing kitchenware on shelves up the wall, you will instantly double the capacity of your room. This way, with some good planning skills, it might be possible to create a dainty and compact dining area right in the kitchen, without worrying that it will turn out to be too cramped.

Double or Nothing

If you have to make the critical choice between a proper workspace and a convenient dining room, the good news is that you don’t have to give either of them up. Get the best of both worlds by opting for a pretty desk that can be repurposed as a buffet. Not only is this idea space saving, but it can have a favorable effect on the ambiance of your workspace, that can become monotonous at times if used for one purpose only.

Supposing that you don’t have a workspace at home but you still need to duplicate the use of a space, give it a go with your living room coffee table – opt for a convertible one that transforms into a perfectly sized dining table when needed, while still maintaining the stylish vibe of your home for the rest of the time.

Consider these helpful tips and appreciate the many advantages of living in a small apartment: the expenses are lowered since you don’t have to buy a lot of furniture and accessories and it’s easier to maintain or redecorate.  When there’s a will there’s a way, and you can certainly use your imagination to create a delightful living space even with some space shortage!

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