Granted, these five solutions (from all around the globe) tend toward the design concept end of the spectrum, rather than a straight up shopping post, but we think they inspire a few overall ideas and small space solutions to try in your own home.
Since a dining tables and chairs are often the first items of furniture sacrificed to small space living, we figured a little inspiration couldn't hurt!
A few everyday ideas generated by these compact dining sets: Move your tables and chairs right up against a wall - its not always necessary to "float" them in a space.
Go low - its easier to store floor pillows when not in use than dining chairs.
Go with seating solution (a bench, stools) that tuck in under your table. The amount of floor space you save will definitely improve the "flow" of your small space.
Go round - you can usually fit in a few more guests comfortably at a round table than one with corners.
You save space when you are able to combine elements in new ways - you may not actually physically "combine" the tables and chairs as the designers do in some of the examples shown, but you can definitely combine "uses" for the table - dining, food prep, home office, craft area.
Sets shown above, left to right:
1. HP01 by Hans de Pelsmacker, 2000
2. Oak Dining Cube by Twelve
3. Toast table, by Rahle, 2006
4. Matrio table by Victor Chan
5. Corral table, by Extremis
Items gathered via: Crib Candy