The living room in my one-bedroom apartment also functions as a dining room and office, and there isn't ample couch space for both my fiancé and me to really stretch out. This week, in order to make room for a comfy chair, we bought some nicer stools for our breakfast bar and ditched the dining table.
Until recently I felt like I "had" to have a dining table. While we did sit there for meals fairly often, we almost never have dinner parties. The tabletop was also a magnet for clutter. At the same time, we hadn't been using our breakfast bar because the old stools were (cute but) not comfortable. The new ones look and feel good, and in the absence of a real table, this space and seating are no longer redundant. Now to find a great chair!
I feel like I'm putting the "living room" back in my living room. Call me a couch potato, but being honest about how you use a space is key to making it functional and really making you feel at home.
Have you had a similar experience in your own place?
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Image: The only photo I have of the dining table and chairs that I sold on Craigslist this week.