Over the last several years, dining rooms have become much less common. They were once a staple, but many people are building homes and eliminating them altogether as a way to maximize space.
In some cases, though, homebuilders are still including dining rooms. They're just making them a lot smaller.
Do you have a small dining room in your home? Are you struggling to find a dining set that fits in it?
If you need help choosing a great dining room set for your small dining room, keep reading. Listed below are some tips that will help to simplify the decision-making process for you.
Measure Before You Buy
You know your dining room is small. How small is it really, though? Before you start shopping for a dining set, it's a good idea to measure the space and figure out what you can reasonably accommodate.
Take some measurements and consider what size table will work best in your dining room.
As a general rule of thumb, it's a good idea to have between 23 and 30 inches of space across for every person sitting at the table. This will keep people from feeling too cramped when they sit down to eat.
Leave Three Feet of Space
In addition to measuring for the table itself, you'll also need to think about the space around the table.
It's a good idea for there to be at least three feet of space around the table.
This will keep the room from feeling cramped.
It'll also help people avoid crashing into the wall when they scoot their chair back, and it'll save you from having to worry about spilling food on your guests' laps when you're trying to maneuver around them to serve dinner.
Use a Glass Table for Dark Rooms
If your dining room is both small and rather dark, a glass-topped table is a good option to consider. Glass topped-tables will help the room to feel larger and more open.
It's true that they require a bit more maintenance than wood tables — especially if you have young kids who love to leave their little fingerprints all over everything.
However, most people don't mind the extra cleaning required since they do such a great job of helping to open up the dining room.
Stick to Light Colors
In addition to choosing a table with a glass top, you'll also likely want to choose a light-colored table.
Light-colored tables (white, grey, beige, etc.) help to brighten up small, dark spaces and help them feel more open.
As a general rule of thumb, if you're trying to make an area seem bigger, a lighter color palette is the way to go.
Consider an Extension or Drop-Leaf Table
Another good table option to consider is an extension or drop-left table. These are easy to adjust and/or move out of the way when they're not in use.
If you don't use your dining room on a regular basis but still want it to remain an option when company comes over, these kinds of tables can be a great compromise.
Buy a Bistro Set
For those who have a very small dining room and don't plan to do a lot of entertaining, a bistro set can help provide you with the seating you need without making your space feel cluttered.
If it's just you or you and your partner living in your house, why not save space with an adorable bistro table instead of trying to cram a full-sized dining set in there?
Try a Tulip Table Set
Round tables, such as those included in tulip table sets, are generally the best option when you're trying to furnish a small dining room.
They take up less space, and they don't have any sharp corners. This way, you don't have to worry about bumping into the side of the table when you're navigating your way around it.
Tulip table sets have a fun, modern look to them, too. They're perfect for those who want to update their dining room and help it feel more youthful.
Choose Foldable or Stackable Chairs
You can also save space by choosing foldable or stackable chairs.
These kinds of chairs are easy to put away when you're not using the dining room, which will help it to feel larger and more open.
You also won't have to worry about tripping over these chairs when you're cleaning the dining room or navigating your way through it.
Make More Room with Benches
Benches are another good alternative to consider if you're sticking with a square or rectangular table.
They allow you to squeeze more people in at the table (although you shouldn't push this too much), and you can push them under the table altogether when everyone's finished eating. This helps to clear the walkway for you and your guests.
Benches are also very easy to clean when meals are over.
Build a Bar Instead
If you don't want to deal with finding a table and set of chairs that work for your dining room, consider building a bar instead. This will help you maximize the space and keep it from feeling too cramped or cluttered.
You'll still have space where everyone can sit and eat or hang out, though. It's a win-win!
This is an especially good option if you have young kids, or if you entertain a lot and want to have lots of places where people can sit together and chat.
Choose Your Dining Room Set Today
As you can see, the process of choosing a dining room set isn't as complicated as you may have thought at first.
Even if you're working with a very small dining room, it's still possible for you to find one that fits well in your space and accentuates all the best aspects of your home.
Do you need help choosing furniture for other parts of your home? If so, we've got lots of helpful articles available on our website.
Check out the Decor and Design section today for more information.