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5 Compact Yet Charming Condo Dining Nooks

Achieve a delightful and welcoming corner even in a small space

Photography: Espasyo Manila and Jilson Tiu (Main Photos)

Given the limited floor area in most condos, many homeowners and designers work with an open layout—with the kitchen, dining, and living areas sharing almost one side of the entire unit. While this makes the whole place even more efficient, the challenge lies in how to make each area stand out without breaking the cohesive look of the home.

If you've recently moved into your condo or you're planning to give the dining corner a quick makeover, here are five tiny dining nooks you can check out. Aside from being cute corners, these can inspire you to transform your small space into an inviting spot where get-togethers happen and memorable meals are shared:

1. Define it with mirrors.

Since adding mirrors in a small space can easily create an illusion of space, you may choose to do this just for the dining area. In this unit designed by Espasyo Manila, the mirrored accent wall features plain and bronze mirrors. It helps liven up the space and make it even more interesting.

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2. Use the extra kitchen counter.

Many condo owners are making use of the extra counter space to create breakfast nooks and dining spaces. To make your space special, choose a bench instead of the usual barstools. It gives your home a classic and homey vibe—and if you have space under the counter, it'll be easy to slide the bench when not in use to give you extra floor space.

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3. Choose built-in pieces with extra storage.

In this condo unit designed by a Real Living reader, the dining area occupies a tiny space between the den and the kitchen. To definite the area, the owner opted for luxe lighting fixtures, wall-mounted shelves, and a customized bench with extra storage underneath. If you're planning for a similar look, keep in mind that you can use the storage space for extra pillows and other essentials.

RL Tip: When furnishing such a limited space, don't forget to measure the available area before purchasing furniture and other accessories. It's best to have the pieces customized just to make sure that it will fit in the area.

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4. Stick to the basics.

A clean and simple look can pack a punch when done right. In this unit's dining area, the industrial pendant lamps help define the space—giving it a cozy, coffee shop vibe. Since the unit is mostly neutral, the designer chose wooden and upholstered pieces to make it extra special.

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5. Maximize the walls and choose slim pieces.

In this 32sqm condo, the owners crafted a built-in shelf using wooden planks and metal pipes. Under it is a table that can be easily pulled-out when needed and two chairs.

If you're low in space, you can work with must-haves that can be stacked and folded—nesting chairs and foldable tables can be kept in unused niches or in the storage nook when not in use.

READ: 3 Furniture Space-Saving Tricks for Small Units

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PHOTOS: Espasyo Manila | Jilson Tiu | Miguel Nacianceno (Industrial Breakfast Nook).

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