Top 10 Tips For Making a Double Duty Dining Room And Living Room Work in a Small Space as One Room

Top 10 Tips For Making a Double Duty Dining Room And Living Room Work in a Small Space as One Room

Top 10 Tips For Making a Double Duty Dining Room And Living Room Work in a Small Space as One Room

How to Make a Dining and Living Room Work Together as One Room ?
We've got furniture solutions to ensure every single person can comfortably fit in your tiny abode.

1 Choose Visually Lightweight Furniture

Pay attention to the visual weight of furniture, not just its actual size. Light-color furniture or pieces with legs appear lighter than dark or boxy upholstered pieces.
In this small living area, the leggy chair doesn't obstruct views of the passage or the floor, so the space feels more open. The metal and glass coffee table also consumes very little visual space.

2 Incorporate unconventional dining seating that can be used a variety of ways


If you do have room for a small table (even if one side is up against a wall), there’s not necessarily a need to have all the seating siting around it at once all the time, taking up needed space. Use instead stools or narrow benches for dining seating; you’ll be able to move the seating to other parts of the living room area when not eating. This is especially helpful when dining room chairs might jut out into the flow of traffic through your space.
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3 Display Storage as Decor


Practical storage doubles as wall art in this ingenious DIY dining room idea. 

The dining room is often an extra space that gets used only for holidays or special occasions. But if you're plagued by small square footage or if you're trying to make your house more functional overall.
4 Go for bar carts on wheels

Forget a dining table all together, and use a bar cart (you can buy or DIY bar carts!) for food, buffet-style. With a smaller foot-print than a large credenza, you can move it anywhere you need. And, it’s stylish enough so that it looks good even when not in use. You could serve a more snack-style meal versus sit-down dinner if you’re really short on space in a studio or other small apartment.

5 Consider a coffee table and pillows instead


If you’re really short on space, incorporate a wider coffee table that is at a height that would work well with dining seated on floor pillows. You can keep the pillows stacked up in a corner or placed on the sofa to pull out and arrange around a low table when you’re ready to entertain.

6 Don't Waste Wall Space

Don't let your dining room's blank walls go to waste. Instead, use them as an opportunity to incorporate a home library.

7 Use expanding furniture

Not always the most affordable option (but definitely deals can be found), going for furniture that can be expanded like a dining table with leaves or the awesome-sounding coffee table in Alana’s Brooklyn Railroad means your one room can change transformer-style when it needs to switch main functions.

8 Place a square or rectangle dining table near a wall

Don’t let your dining table waste space when not in use. By letting one side rest against a wall it won’t take up as much room or dominate the look of a space. A small enough table could be styled so that it looks like some other type of table or desk when not being used as a dining table. And you can always pull it out and place it more prominently when entertaining.

9 Floating and flexible storage can be for both media and dishes

Consider letting some stylish storage perform double duty. Maximize the storage inside of a furniture piece that is long and narrow so that it holds any dish storage you might need for dining, but also any media you might need for your living space.

10  For very small spaces, consider hanging it on the wall so that it “floats” and has lots of air underneath it; this will help keep it from feeling too heavy and keep that spacious feeling. But whether through baskets or doors, keep what’s being stored hidden so it doesn’t confuse the eye about what function a room is supposed to be providing.


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