It can be tricky to fit everything into a small apartment, and often one of the first functions to get the axe is a dedicated dining space. But if you're living little, there are still ways you can fit in a place to eat that isn't your lap — or even a place to have a dinner for multiple people. Check out these six ideas.
A folding table, like this one spotted on Jelanie Shop, is a great solution if you have room for a smaller table but want a bigger one for dinner parties and special occasions. You could even fold the table up completely and tuck it into a corner or behind other furniture when not in use.
If your space is so small that even a folding table is a bit of a stretch, a wall mounted table in the kitchen can double as an extra prep space and a dining area, and fold away to almost nothing when not in use. Image from Hemnet, via Babble.
This is the solution I've embraced in my own apartment: a desk, on wheels, that can do double duty as a dining table when needed. Just roll it to the middle of the room and add some folding chairs. Wall mounted desk lighting (as seen here on The Everygirl) means you'll have one less thing to move when making the transition.
If you're really short on space, and you often find yourself eating on your couch, a coffee table that lifts up to a proper dining height (like this one from West Elm) can help to dignify the process a little bit. It's also great for working on a laptop, too.
And finally, Natasha and Rob have found an excellent dining solution for their 350 square foot East Village apartment: a coffee table that converts to a dining table. (You can see how this works in their video tour.) It may sound like black magic, but it's actually a vintage design from Castro Convertibles — and you can buy your own on eBay right now.
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