If you live in a small apartment, chances are your kitchen and dining area are close together. They might even inhabit the same space. We're always inspired and impressed by the many ways that readers and house tour participants solve common problems like this, so we searched their homes for some good solutions to the tiny dining room dilemma.
- In Max and Sara Kate's old home, a mirror above the table opens up the tiny space. A white tablecloth and lamp also help to reflect light.
- Praveen's home is small, but the large-scale artwork, bright colors, and high ceilings make the dining area seem larger than it is.
- Erin's kitchen counter doubles as a dining area. In small homes, furniture that serves two purposes is a big help.
- Bernard hangs spare chairs from the ceiling. When guests come over, the chairs can come down.
- Rajiv uses a space-saving bench to create more seating at his small dining table.
- Lila uses a multi-purpose work table as a desk, console table, and dining area. A couple of folding chairs can easily move out of the way when they're not needed.
- Nreaves' home is fitted with a custom table on casters that extends from a hole cut into the kitchen counter.
- A round pedestal table like Ekta's saves space, since it has a smaller footprint than a square table with legs.
- In Stephanie's home, a high glass-topped table with an armchair looks like a comfortable sitting area, but it's also a good place to eat dinner.
- In a small condo, an adjustable coffee table lifts up from cocktail to dining height.
Photos: Apartment Therapy House Tours, Small Cool 2008, Small Cool 2009