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Space Saving Dining Tables for Small Rooms – Habitat Blog

Whilst a TV dinner can be a nice treat from time to time, it’s not practical (or very stylish!) to be balancing plates on your knees on a longterm basis. Space, or lack of it, is the main reason why a dining table might, literally, be pushed to the sidelines within your home but we’ll talk you through how it can be part of the main event and, in turn, up the ante in your dining room decor.

The Problem With Small Dining Rooms

The main reason that a dining table has never been your main focus might be because you don’t have a designated room to dine in. As the trend for open plan living shows no signs of going away and the luxury of a separate dining room becomes a distant memory (resigned to moonlighting as a office/kids’ playroom/home gym), other areas of your home might have to work harder to accommodate a small dining table. But you’ll find these hiding in plain sight, we promise.

A bay window provides the perfect space for a dining table and is often overlooked as a dining space. It can really set off a small space and create real impact; who doesn’t love a bit of pomp and ceremony at the dinner table? The same goes for an alcove – you might have one to the side of a chimney breast in your living room – and this could be just the nook you need. Even a table for two could provide the dining area your home is craving.

Wooden table and white chairs Jerry dining table & Jerry chairs set

Some house layouts have a disused space under the stairs. A dining table works well here as you don’t need full height standing room. As long as you can slide yourself in (and out without clunking you head!), you’ll find this space, so often relegated to life as a makeshift cloakroom/dumping ground, works well for cosy dinners. The other area so obviously conducive to dining is the kitchen. A tiny corner could house a bistro table for two – folding chairs could even be hung on the back of a kitchen door when not in use. The floor space below a kitchen window is an often available and much maligned ‘free’ space. Possibly unsuitable for kitchen cabinets and often dominated by an under-window radiator, a dining table won’t obstruct the heat distribution too radically, even when it’s slammed up against the wall to free up the floor between uses.

Table Designs For Small Dining Rooms

The beauty of finding a dining table to fit your space is that they come in a multitude of shapes and sizes. Some also come in dining sets so you know exactly what you’re getting.

Round dining tables are probably the easiest shape to work with in a small space. They work especially well in awkward areas where chairs can be arranged around them to utilise angular corners. Most round tables are based on a pedestal construction, i.e. the table will have a single, centrally placed, table leg. This is great for freeing up floor space. There is also no chance of banging yourself on the table leg, or being the unlucky guest who is left having the straddle the table leg at a dinner party! A major positive is that they are particularly unrestrictive on the number of people that you can seat – there’ll always be room for a small one!

Habitat round table and chairs

Lance round dining table

A rectangular dining table is probably the most popular choice – working, as it does, in a multitude of room set-ups and scenarios. If you are lucky enough to have a separate dining room, they will make the most of a rectangular shaped room, even if it’s quite narrow. Our tip is to measure the available floor space. Allow around 75cm around each side of the table for a chair and enough space for you to manoeuvre yourself into position. Armed with these measurements you’ll know exactly the size table you’re looking for. There are, of course, exceptions – if you’re pushing your table to one side during periods of non-use, just ensure there’s an area of space within pushing/pulling distance to accommodate the table and its chairs (felt feet would be a handy addition to each table foot if you have wooden floors). Rectangular tables work really well in eat-in, galley-style kitchens. They are particularly sociable – not too wide, so you can indulge in conversation with those seated opposite. They also have the benefit of someone being able to sit at the ‘head’ of the table – a highlight that appeals to those with illusion of grandeur!

Think about glass topped dining tables as an option to consider. Being see-through, they are canny illusionists in creating the feeling of space when, in reality, it’s in limited supply.

Glass dining table

Dublin dining table

The leg design can work to your advantage. Be canny in your choice and you can free up floorspace to trick the eye into creating ‘space’. Picking something without obstructive legs can allow you to seat more bums at the table without it feeling overcrowded. Look to corner-legged tables or trestle-legged designs which work particularly well with bench seating.

Habitat dining table, benches and chairs

Talia dining table

Space Saving Dining Tables

If you have more friends than space to seat them then you’re going to need some ingenious space saving dining table solutions to adapt your table to fit your event.

An extendable table might be exactly what you need in your home. Contrary to your memories of granny’s extendable dining table, they are no more cumbersome than an ordinary dining room table and as stable when extended as they are when retracted. Space-saving when not in full use, the mechanisms have come a long way as well and they easily glide into position with limited manual labour involved.

Extendable dining table and chairs

Drio extendable table

Folding tables allow for several set-ups depending on the number of guests you’re entertaining. They are also the masters of disguise and you can adapt their use within your home. A folded dining table placed against a wall can work as a console table or a desk.

Folding table

Wooden folding table Heath folding table

Still think you don’t have space for a dining table? Well, if an intimate table for two is all you have room for, do not feel hard done by. They can create just as much focus within your home. Especially clever are designs that fold up completely – the ultimate space-savers that literally disappear. We’ve been known to store a table for two, complete with folding chairs, down the back of a sofa, under the bed or hung on hooks in the cupboard under the stairs!

Table and folding chairs

Drew dining table & Macadam chair set

See, we told you, there’s always room for a dining table!

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Should I get an ottoman bed or a bed with drawers?

Ottoman Bed vs Storage Bed

Beds take up a lot of room. It’s most likely the largest item of furniture in your bedroom. Whether you’re struggling for space in your bedroom or simply want to declutter your room of the visible storage compartments, buying a bed with built-in storage is a great way to minimise the number of bulky storage furniture in your bedroom to save on floor space.

Storage beds, no matter what type you get (ottoman beds or beds with drawers), are a great solution for those who have too much stuff in their room but not enough space. Or those who are looking to achieve a minimalist look – without having to throw out half your wardrobe! Or maybe you’ve decided that your bedroom would look so much bigger if you got rid of that chest of drawers? By reducing the amount of furniture that you have in your bedroom, not only are you creating more visual space but you are making the bedroom look cleaner and more elegant.

There are pros and cons to each storage bed type, but hopefully we can help you to reach the best choice for you.

Are you on a tight budget?

Ottomans tend to be more expensive than a bed with built-in storage drawers or sliding door access to the under-bed storage area. If, when you’re browsing ottoman beds, you feel as if they’re more expensive than your bed budget allows,  then perhaps consider a bed frame with drawers.

Will you need a lot of storage space?

Ottoman beds on average offer approximately 40% more space than a bed frame or divan bed with storage for the same footprint. If you have larger items to store, this will be an easier task with an ottoman bed, as you have access to the entire area beneath the mattress without it being divided into drawers. You could however insert boxes or crates inside the ottoman bed to help you organise your items, and still be able to view them all at a glance without having to rummage through different drawers. Ottoman beds are definitely the best solution for those looking to get the most storage capacity for the footprint of their bed.

Do you want the storage space to look hidden?

Some people just don’t like the aesthetic of drawers or handles on their divan base, and that’s okay. Ottoman beds are very discreet as, when they’re closed, you can’t tell that the mattress even lifts up. It just looks like a normal bed. But there are also plenty of hidden options for storage divans and bed frames with drawers beneath too, with discreet handles or push-click mechanisms to open them. Some even feature removable panels instead of actual drawers, so you can pop open the panel and place your items beneath or buy drawers separately to slide beneath the bed and then cover them back up with the panels.

Is your bedroom quite small?

If you have a tiny bedroom that gives you just enough room to walk around the bed, then obviously drawers are going to be quite inconvenient to pull open. In this case, an ottoman bed might be your best solution as they lift up vertically and don’t pull out horizontally.

Will you frequently need to move the bed?

Whether you will frequently need to move the bed to dust beneath or you just like moving things around the room every now and again, moving a bed that’s full of heavy items can be challenging. Thankfully, many storage beds in both ottoman or built-in drawers designs can be sat on wheels, making the bed far easier to push around the room when you need to. Alternatively, you may also want to consider separate under-bed drawers instead of a storage bed. These will allow you to remove the drawers from beneath and move them out of the way so that you can move the bed how you usually would, without it holding all the weight of the stored items beneath.


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Homing In: The Best Space Saving Dining Tables for Small Rooms

Whilst a TV dinner can be a nice treat from time to time, it’s not practical (or very stylish!) to be balancing plates on your knees on a longterm basis. Space, or lack of it, is the main reason why a dining table might, literally, be pushed to the sidelines within your home but we’ll talk you through how it can be part of the main event and, in turn, up the ante in your dining room decor.

The Problem With Small Dining Rooms

The main reason that a dining table has never been your main focus might be because you don’t have a designated room to dine in. As the trend for open plan living shows no signs of going away and the luxury of a separate dining room becomes a distant memory (resigned to moonlighting as a office/kids’ playroom/home gym), other areas of your home might have to work harder to accommodate a small dining table. But you’ll find these hiding in plain sight, we promise.

A bay window provides the perfect space for a dining table and is often overlooked as a dining space. It can really set off a small space and create real impact; who doesn’t love a bit of pomp and ceremony at the dinner table? The same goes for an alcove – you might have one to the side of a chimney breast in your living room – and this could be just the nook you need. Even a table for two could provide the dining area your home is craving.

Wooden table and white chairs Jerry dining table & Jerry chairs set

Some house layouts have a disused space under the stairs. A dining table works well here as you don’t need full height standing room. As long as you can slide yourself in (and out without clunking you head!), you’ll find this space, so often relegated to life as a makeshift cloakroom/dumping ground, works well for cosy dinners. The other area so obviously conducive to dining is the kitchen. A tiny corner could house a bistro table for two – folding chairs could even be hung on the back of a kitchen door when not in use. The floor space below a kitchen window is an often available and much maligned ‘free’ space. Possibly unsuitable for kitchen cabinets and often dominated by an under-window radiator, a dining table won’t obstruct the heat distribution too radically, even when it’s slammed up against the wall to free up the floor between uses.

Table Designs For Small Dining Rooms

The beauty of finding a dining table to fit your space is that they come in a multitude of shapes and sizes. Some also come in dining sets so you know exactly what you’re getting.

Round dining tables are probably the easiest shape to work with in a small space. They work especially well in awkward areas where chairs can be arranged around them to utilise angular corners. Most round tables are based on a pedestal construction, i.e. the table will have a single, centrally placed, table leg. This is great for freeing up floor space. There is also no chance of banging yourself on the table leg, or being the unlucky guest who is left having the straddle the table leg at a dinner party! A major positive is that they are particularly unrestrictive on the number of people that you can seat – there’ll always be room for a small one!

Habitat round table and chairs

Lance round dining table

A rectangular dining table is probably the most popular choice – working, as it does, in a multitude of room set-ups and scenarios. If you are lucky enough to have a separate dining room, they will make the most of a rectangular shaped room, even if it’s quite narrow. Our tip is to measure the available floor space. Allow around 75cm around each side of the table for a chair and enough space for you to manoeuvre yourself into position. Armed with these measurements you’ll know exactly the size table you’re looking for. There are, of course, exceptions – if you’re pushing your table to one side during periods of non-use, just ensure there’s an area of space within pushing/pulling distance to accommodate the table and its chairs (felt feet would be a handy addition to each table foot if you have wooden floors). Rectangular tables work really well in eat-in, galley-style kitchens. They are particularly sociable – not too wide, so you can indulge in conversation with those seated opposite. They also have the benefit of someone being able to sit at the ‘head’ of the table – a highlight that appeals to those with illusion of grandeur!

Think about glass topped dining tables as an option to consider. Being see-through, they are canny illusionists in creating the feeling of space when, in reality, it’s in limited supply.

Glass dining table

Dublin dining table

The leg design can work to your advantage. Be canny in your choice and you can free up floorspace to trick the eye into creating ‘space’. Picking something without obstructive legs can allow you to seat more bums at the table without it feeling overcrowded. Look to corner-legged tables or trestle-legged designs which work particularly well with bench seating.

Habitat dining table, benches and chairs

Talia dining table

Space Saving Dining Tables

If you have more friends than space to seat them then you’re going to need some ingenious space saving dining table solutions to adapt your table to fit your event.

An extendable table might be exactly what you need in your home. Contrary to your memories of granny’s extendable dining table, they are no more cumbersome than an ordinary dining room table and as stable when extended as they are when retracted. Space-saving when not in full use, the mechanisms have come a long way as well and they easily glide into position with limited manual labour involved.

Extendable dining table and chairs

Drio extendable table

Folding tables allow for several set-ups depending on the number of guests you’re entertaining. They are also the masters of disguise and you can adapt their use within your home. A folded dining table placed against a wall can work as a console table or a desk.

Folding table

Wooden folding table Heath folding table

Still think you don’t have space for a dining table? Well, if an intimate table for two is all you have room for, do not feel hard done by. They can create just as much focus within your home. Especially clever are designs that fold up completely – the ultimate space-savers that literally disappear. We’ve been known to store a table for two, complete with folding chairs, down the back of a sofa, under the bed or hung on hooks in the cupboard under the stairs!

Table and folding chairs

Drew dining table & Macadam chair set

See, we told you, there’s always room for a dining table!

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Take care.