How To Fit Sitting Area into Tiny Apartment?

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Q: I have recently rented a tiny apartment, which I am very excited to move into, but I am concerned about finding space for seating and dining. It can't be much more than 320 square feet total, and I am especially interested in finding a creative furniture arrangement for the kitchen/living/dining area (15'x10'2"). I have a small round dining table (3'3" diameter) and would like to fit a small couch as well — maybe even a small desk and chair to the side of the stairs:

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Do you have any creative solutions for making this into a comfortable sitting and dining area?

I'm hoping that the high ceilings will make the place feel more spacious than it is.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.