Don’t Have A Dining Room? Here are 7 Smart Alternatives To Save The Day!
Once upon a time, it used to be a fashionable thing not to have a dining room. Fortunately, those times have passed and the second half of 2016 is bringing back the formal dining room in all its glory. While this is certainly excellent news, there are some people out there that cannot afford a dining room due to space restrictions.
Luckily for you lacking a dedicated dining room isn’t the end of the world because there is a solution. By making smart furniture changes and playing with accessories and home décor you can create a stunning alternative to the formal dining room. Here are 7 ways to do it!
Make your kitchen island a multi-purpose continent!
Kitchen islands are very practical and in that way they are wonderful. They provide a nice visual anchor to the kitchen while offering you more work space to cook your delicious meals. However, when space is an issue and you lack a dining room, why not transform your kitchen island into something truly multi-purpose? By extending the island a little further, you will be able to create a dining space where the whole family can come together and have a wonderful time while eating.
Do you have a bar? How about a dining bar, then?
You must be quite lucky if you’ve got a bar thing going on your tiny home/flat. It must be quite handy for making all those cocktails. However, since alcohol goes really well with food, how about you expand your thinking and try to figure out how to shoot two birds with one stone?
Basically, what you can do is create a special tray for your alcohol that can be easily removed so that you can serve dinner or lunch on that bar. Also, making sure you have the right chairs, something between bar stools and proper chairs so that they’ll be versatile enough to pull both scenarios off.
Go ahead and hide the table!
If you’re really desperate about the situation, perhaps you should consider a hidden dining table. Why waste your time trying to find the right table that won’t fit anywhere anyways when you could try a hidden dining table? This table would be hidden into the cupboards, as in built into the cupboards. This will save you a lot of space, add the much needed versatility your kitchen needs and spare you of a lot of trouble!
If the floor doesn’t allow for an extra object such as a dining table, consider using the walls. Yep, we’re going vertical! Go ahead and install a wall-mounted drop leaf table for your kitchen or living room that will serve as a informal dining room! Pair it up with some nice folding chairs and you’ve fixed your problem! Why limit yourself to the floor when you can go up the walls, right?
The Murphy table
Do you remember those wall beds? The ones that look like a wardrobe but when you push them in, they slowly descend toward the floor revealing to be actual beds? Well, with a little imagination you can create a Murphy table for your home or flat in no time. This will allow you to get the best of both worlds. On one hand, when you don’t need an informal dining room, you can make it disappear and when you have guests over or simply want to enjoy a nice meal with a significant other, you can set in up in two steps: step one, descend the table, step two, put up the chairs.
This one is quite obvious, but if you don’t get it, let us explain it to you! The folding table is a revolutionary invention that can be neatly stored anywhere when you don’t need it. Well, not really anywhere because it still takes up some space but you can make it blend with its surroundings. The good part is that you can use it as a table for three or as a huge table for you and your guests when fully opened. Talk about versatility!
If your space is small, the last thing on your mind would be going even smaller, but hear us out! In a really small space, it makes sense to use smaller-sized furniture because it allows you to play with the proportions a bit and make the space seem actually larger. Of course, king-sized beds and huge sofa are out of the question. So, this is something to think about.
Still, since this article solely focuses on dining room alternatives, consider using a really slim and narrow table and a few skinny chairs to set up a dining area.
To sum up, having a small space sucks. We all know that. Luckily there are quite a few ways in which you can work your way around this limitation and still make the most of what you have. From going vertical to extending your kitchen island, these were our 7 smart dining room alternatives!