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RL Tips: Create a Picturesque Dining Area in Your Small Space

A tiny apartment is no excuse to have meals on the floor. So get up on your feet and create a chic dining area

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Being able to eat in the comfort of your bed can sound pretty idyllic but not when ants start invading your sleeping space, and you’ve got blotches of food stains scattered across your sheets.

If you live in a small apartment, setting up a dining area might be a little difficult. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. Here are ideas that you can do to set up a dining space even if you have limited floor area.

Main photos from gordonnelsoninc.com and homedit.com.

Choose a foldaway dining table.

If you can’t keep a dining area in your space permanently, a foldaway table is probably your best option. You can simply open it up during meal times and store it away when it’s not in use.

What’s great about foldaway tables is that you can make one yourself. You can hang a wooden slab or table top on your chosen wall with hinges, and then fix it with another piece of wood perpendicularly, so it will stay horizontal when in use.

Another option is to fashion a console with a table top that you can lift open from the front. This is a more decorative option since it keeps the folding table hidden from sight.

Photo from gordonnelsoninc.com. 

Use a sturdy shelf as table

You don’t necessary need a traditional table to create a comfortable dining area. Sturdy shelving is a great way to add that needed surface area without taking up too much space. Shelves are wide enough to give you space where you can place your dishes and narrow enough to not take too much room.

If you don’t like the idea of facing a wall while eating, you may consider hanging a mirror to make the space feel less constricted.

Photo from homedit.com.

You may also choose to install the shelving by the window. Doing this will give you a charming window nook that doubles as your dining space.

Photo from offbeatandinspired.com.

Add a bar table to your kitchen.

If you don’t have an existing one already, a simple bar table makes for a great dining area. Not only does it provide you with more work space in the kitchen, but with the addition of bar stools, you finally have a place where you can eat your homemade meals. This might take up a little more space than you hoped for but you can adjust its size depending on the area that you have.

Photo from thepreppyyogini.tumblr.com.

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