It ISN'T Crazy to Devote a Room in a Small Condo to Dining

It ISN'T Crazy to Devote a Room in a Small Condo to Dining

Janel Laban
May 11, 2011

We love hearing from readers with follow-ups to their Good Questions that have been asked on the site. Emily sent us an email on the weekend letting us know the happy end result that she arrived at thanks in part to the Apartment Therapy readers who responded to her question last July.

Back then she asked, "Is it Crazy to Devote a Room in a Small Condo to Dining?" and explained the situation as follows:

My boyfriend recently bought a two bedroom, 633 sq. ft. condo. As you can imagine, the bedrooms are a bit small. While we originally had planned on making the extra room into an office/guestroom, it seems a bit tight to fit a futon and a desk built for two. The other night, I posed the crazy idea of ditching the futon, buying an air mattress for guests, and turning our office into a dining room.

Everyone we talk to can't believe we don't have a table to eat it, so doing this would silence the critics, and also give us a space to play nerd games and host dinner parties. We figured we could get a tiny desk in the corner for my computer, and my boyfriend can just use his laptop wherever. Our current desk would look great as a dining table, as weird as that sounds.
Is devoting one room in a two bedroom condo to a dining room crazy? And is it weird to travel done the hall (albeit, small hall) to access it?

Here we are in May 2011, and Emily has this to report about what she decided:

Last July I asked whether it was crazy to devote one of our bedrooms in our 633 sq. ft. Seattle condo to a dining room. After months of debate and great support from the comments, we took the plunge and tried it. I am happy to report that it worked, and I'm especially happy that it's done! Redecorating while studying for law school finals probably wasn't the best decision...
Since we do have guests from time to time, we ditched the large futon that had been in the room for a queen sized air-mattress. When we don't have guests, we just set up the round table in its place. It's especially convenient since the legs can screw on or off in under two minutes. To deal with our office needs, my boyfriend graciously moved his desktop into a hidden area in the living room and it became the media center. He subsequently got a netbook for casual use. My desktop is now hidden in the black armoire in the corner, along with the router and printer. And the squirrels on the walls, well, I just love squirrels. Having recently moved to Seattle, I still shout "Squirrel!" whenever I see one. So, they had to be in the room as well. Who doesn't want to eat dinner next to those charming creatures?

Thanks again for everyone's help! I'm so excited that we finally have a dining room (and a guest room, and an office)!

If you want to see more pictures, they're on my blog.

Thanks for the update, Emily!

Images: Emily/Emilyadi

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