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5 Tips For Small Dining Areas

You don’t always have to go for bar counters as dining tables

Photography: Kurt Alvarez and Ocs Alvarez (Main Photos)

With homes and condo units getting smaller, each area of the home occupies as little space as possible. Gone are the days when living rooms are furnished with a hefty sofa and several ottomans—nowadays, a two-seater sofa is good. It’s the same with dining areas, but it doesn’t mean your ideas are also limited. Here are some tips in creating a dining area that's efficient and inviting:

1. Choose a round table.

A round table is flexible in a sense that you can simply squeeze in an extra chair or two should additional diners come in. Take a cue from this dining area—a stool was added to accommodate one more person. Just make sure that your round table isn’t too big or too small for your space. 

2. Use benches.

If your space can accommodate a full-size dining table, you are free to use one. Just mix individual dining chairs with a bench so more people can sit. If your table is made of exquisite material—like this beautiful tiger kamagong table—leave it as is. Covering it with a table cloth would be impractical, and it might also add visual heft to the small space. 

3. If you have a grand idea, go execute it.

You can add some glam in your dining area if you want to. The faux fireplace mantle in this dining area alludes to the grand dining areas in Europe. The symmetric placement of accessories on the mantle echoes the symmetrical arrangement of the dining chairs. 

4. You can also go vintage.

If your style is more traditional or old-world, you can still incorporate it into a small space. In this dining area designed by Joel Salazar and Paul Baes of Lucina Home, the curvy, upholstered chairs with solihiya backrests and irregularly shaped dining table are far from looking clean and streamlined, but they work just as well in this condo unit.

5. Add some spice to a slim and sleek dining area.

If you have a tight space and a small dining area is all it can accommodate, you can jazz it up by using strong colors. This kitchen counter-cum-dining area may be small, but it delivers impact, thanks to the fire engine red kitchen cabinets. 

PHOTOS: Rene Mejia | Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (2 & 5) | Bahaghari | Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions 

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