6 Ways You Can Create a Makeshift Dining Room Table

6 Ways You Can Create a Makeshift Dining Room Table

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Sarah Rae Smith
Oct 11, 2010

Over the last several years, we've lived in several spaces that were pretty small, and sometimes space just doesn't allow for a dining room table. So you need supplemental pieces that work in a pinch. Here are a few of our favorites!

The cats in the photo above busted out an old board to sit across the top of a pool table. It doesn't have to be fancy, but this meal eaten together is far more lovely and a moment of enjoyed friendship than if they were all balancing plates on their laps while trying not to kick over their drinks. Here are a few more ideas:

1. Hollow Core Doors: In combination with a pair of sawhorses or small bookcases a hollow core door can become a quick space to grab a bite with a crowd. Scoot the furniture back and place it on a coffee table and sit cross-legged on the floor to avoid needing extra chairs.

2. Milk Crates: In a pinch for a crowd that's willing to sit on the floor, 6-10 milk crates actually make a rather awesome dining room table. They can hold books or be plant stands outside until you need them, but flip them over and they become a knee height place to dine.

3. Kitchen Island: Although it sounds basic and rather "duh" the kitchen island is a perfectly acceptable place to enjoy a meal. Clear off your prep work and pull up a stool. It's usually more intimate than a small table and if you have space for one, it's an easy solution! Additionally you can keep a larger top around (hidden underneath the bed perhaps) if you'd like to be able to seat more folks around the ol' butcher block.

4. TV Trays: Those two words in combination have you easily thinking of the late 80's and there's good reason why. But take away their individual use and place a set side by side and back to back and you actually have a sturdy, table height place to grab a bite. The best part is they can slide into so many spaces throughout your apartment or home that you'll always have room for them.

5. Coffee Table: Just like Emily mentioned in this previous post, there's nothing wrong with using a coffee table as a dining room space. They sat down together at it every night for a meal and it became a well loved and well used spot. Just because it's not 29" off the ground doesn't mean it's not the perfect place to grab a bite!

6. Game Tables: A ping pong table works great just as it is, while a pool table doesn't do too bad with a piece of plywood placed on top. Game tables can be a great way to make an extra table. That way if you don't eat at it everyday, you can still use the space for a few fun games in the off-eating times.

Do you have an impromptu dining room table suggestion to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: How To Make a Wood Pallet Dining Room Table

(Image: Flickr member Symic licensed for use by Creative Commons)

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