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Making the Most of Small Space Dining Rooms

Making the Most of Small Space Dining Rooms

We’ve featured several fabulous kitchens on the blog since we launched in July, but the dining rooms have gotten the short end of the stick. So this post is all about the room that, in many houses, plays multiple roles — a place for meals, a place to play games, a place to work on projects and school assignments.

Del Ray’s dining rooms are notoriously small. And if you’ve renovated your kitchen, you may have sacrificed dining room space to add much-needed kitchen square footage.

Take, for example, Amy’s house — the peninsula is so wide it leaves little space for a table. She opted for a banquette style table, pushed to the corner, but with ample seating for six.

kitchen reno after - island

Similarly, Sara and Paul pushed their table to the side after adding a large peninsula. The table seats four, but there is room for two more at the barstool-height counter.

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Peter and Elin really wanted a large peninsula to house their Italian espresso maker, but that left no room for a table in the “designated” dining area. Instead, they moved their table closer to the living space in the one-room first floor.


The previous owners of Sam and Jen’s house (now sold by the way) closed off the kitchen to create an eat-in area AND a dining area in the living/dining space.



The round pedestal table in Katie and Zack’s house keeps people moving around the room. The table is small, but there is space on the sideboard for extra serving pieces.


Karen’s table looks small, but it’s been known to serve a large crowd. Her open-concept dining room/kitchen is a gourmet cook’s dream.

dining room, sunroom, built-in seating and storage

But others, like Sarah and Bob, don’t use their dining room. They prefer to eat around their large island.



So we’d like to know, do you use your dining room? How big is it? What style of table works best for you?

We’re also working on a post about entertaining in a small space, so let us know if you have tips to share or have questions to ask others.

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