10 Best Double Duty Tips to Make the Living & Dining Room Work Together as 1Room in Small Area
From the easy and simple interior decorating projects to perfect complete interior room makeovers, the thought of redoing any part of your apartment or big house, no matter the scale, can seem overwhelming.
1 Display Storage as Decor
Practical storage doubles as wall art in this ingenious DIY dining room idea.
2 Don’t Waste Wall Space
Don’t let your dining room’s blank walls go to waste. Instead, use them as an opportunity to incorporate a home library.
3 Consider a coffee table and pillows instead
If you’re really short on space, incorporate a wider coffee table that is at a height that would work well with dining seated on floor pillows. You can keep the pillows stacked up in a corner or placed on the sofa to pull out and arrange around a low table when you’re ready to entertain.
4 Place a square or rectangle dining table near a wall
Don’t let your dining table waste space when not in use. By letting one side rest against a wall it won’t take up as much room or dominate the look of a space. A small enough table could be styled so that it looks like some other type of table or desk when not being used as a dining table. And you can always pull it out and place it more prominently when entertaining.
5 Use expanding furniture
Not always the most affordable option (but definitely deals can be found), going for furniture that can be expanded like a dining table with leaves or the awesome-sounding coffee table in Alana’s Brooklyn Railroad means your one room can change transformer-style when it needs to switch main functions.
6 Incorporate unconventional dining seating that can be used a variety of ways
If you do have room for a small table, there’s not necessarily a need to have all the seating siting around it at once all the time, taking up needed space. This is especially helpful when dining room chairs might jut out into the flow of traffic through your space. Use instead stools or narrow benches for dining seating you will be able to move the seating to other parts of the living room area when not eating.
7 Try to make your house more functional overall
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8 Choose Visually Lightweight Furniture
Pay attention to the visual weight of furniture, not just its actual size. Light-color furniture or pieces with legs appear lighter than dark or boxy upholstered pieces.
In this small living area, the leggy chair doesn’t obstruct views of the passage or the floor, so the space feels more open. The metal and glass coffee table also consumes very little visual space.
9 Go for bar carts on wheels
Forget a dining table all together, and use a bar cart (you can buy or DIY bar carts!) for food, buffet-style. With a smaller foot-print than a large credenza, you can move it anywhere you need. And, it’s stylish enough so that it looks good even when not in use. You could serve a more snack-style meal versus sit-down dinner if you’re really short on space in a studio or other small apartment.
10 Floating and flexible storage can be for both media and dishes
Consider letting some stylish storage perform double duty. Maximize the storage inside of a furniture piece that is long and narrow so that it holds any dish storage you might need for dining, but also any media you might need for your living space.
For very small spaces, consider hanging it on the wall so that it “floats” and has lots of air underneath it; this will help keep it from feeling too heavy and keep that spacious feeling. But whether through baskets or doors, keep what’s being stored hidden so it doesn’t confuse the eye about what function a room is supposed to be providing.