How do you save space in a small dining room, especially when every dining area varies in size and shape? Some are small but have high ceilings. Meanwhile, others are limited by strange corners or sometimes the room is long with little width. No matter what dimensions you have to work with, there are plenty of quality furniture options to make your space beautiful and keep it from feeling crowded.

Tables with Leaves and Storage

Look for tables with leaf extensions or underneath storage. This makes it so your dining table can use as little space as possible when you aren’t eating with the whole family. Luckily, there is a large variety of leaf-extended tables to choose from. This means you should be able to find the perfect set to fit your space when friends and family visit. One thing to look out for when shopping for storage tables is leg space. If you need a storage table, opt for one that has a large top, open spaces between the storage section, or a smaller compartment beneath to keep a roomy area for your legs.

Old Town Table

Rectangular Tops, Pull-Outs, and Breakfast Nooks

If you live alone or have fewer people at your home, you might be tempted to think a pedestal table is your best option. This is not the case for everyone. If the table has a round top, you may need more space available to keep your layout from feeling crowded. You won’t be able to use your corner spaces efficiently with a round table either. If your room’s dimensions don’t fit a smaller rectangular table, we’d recommend a square top, and then you can decide if a pedestal version is your preferred style.

Square Tulip Double Pedestal

Bar Tables and Breakfast Nooks are another wonderful way to utilize and conserve space. Most small dining rooms feel more open with these tables in corners or next to the connected kitchen. If you aren’t placing your bar table against a wall, you may want to consider picking one that doesn’t have a huge open space beneath the tabletop. This will keep your table from feeling like it is floating in the middle of the room. Island Pullouts are another creative way to store a table and keep your dining room open when it isn’t in use.

Boulder Creek Frontier Island

Well-fitted Dining Chairs

Having open 4-legged tables allows you to tightly tuck your seats beneath it. Side chairs, backless stools, benches, and smaller seats can also help with avoiding unnecessary bulk in your space. Be cautious about arm dining chairs. If you want to decorate with arm chairs, make sure they are low enough that they fit beneath the top of your table. With the rise of minimalistic trends and small apartments, it should be easier than ever to find quality chairs that will fit nicely in your dining area.

Seymour Chair

While there are other little things you can do to save space in your small dining room, these three can have the biggest impact. Don’t be afraid to get creative and shop beyond the typical home goods stores. Experiment with lighter colors to create the illusion of a bigger room, find decor with storage compartments, and make use of shelves. There are thousands of ways that you can have a welcoming and organized dining room for your home that fits your style.