Dining Table Styles for Small Spaces
A small dining room brings unique challenges to picking out and arranging furniture. A table that is the wrong size may not fit in a small dining room. A dining table that is a wrong style might not "fit" either.
Some styles may work better for dining rooms of different sizes. A highly decorative table, while pleasant to look at, probably won't work as well in smaller rooms. It will take up more space than essential. And space management is critical to small rooms.
Here are a few tips regardless of which style of dining table you decide on. These don't have to be followed, but they’ll be handy if you’re stuck on ideas.
Try to pick out smaller-frame furniture. This is especially important when choosing a table. A large, decorative table takes up more space than a smaller table of the same style. Follow this advice when picking chairs as well, and you'll have a great looking dining room that you can still get around in.
Push your table against a wall. This can help you save space if you have a square or rectangular table. It does limit the number of chairs you can fit at a table, however.
Round tables with a pedestal base take up a bit less space than those with four legs. This can keep a dining room looking open and comfortable.
An extendable dining table can give you extra seating, only when you need it.
Contemporary tables are all about taking up only as much space as necessary. This makes them perfect for smaller dining areas. Influenced by the 19th century's modern art movement, they are typically quite minimalist and smooth.
A contemporary table will suit your dining room if you aren't big on filling every nook and cranny. These tables look great with solid-colour walls & flooring.
And by all means, hang artwork in a contemporary dining room. A well-placed work of art or two can bring out the colours of the table and chairs. Just don't hang up every artwork you've ever seen before. Filling the walls of a contemporary dining room can clash with the style and make it look awkward. But done correctly, accent artwork can make a contemporary room that much better.
An industrial dining table can go either way in a small room — good or bad. It can make a dining room feel down-to-earth and artisanal. But it can also make a room feel cold and unwelcoming.
Industrial tables are typically made from both wood and metal. And they're proud of this. They welcome observers to see them and observe their construction.
Because industrial tables aren't flashy or complicated, they are a great fit for smaller dining rooms.
Industrial tables work best in rooms with both light and dark colours — light brown and black, grey and dark brown, white and black, or something similar. Light walls and floors, paired with darker furniture, gives off the perfect industrial look.
If an industrial dining room has only dark colours, it will feel like a cell. So be sure to get a lighter industrial table if your walls and floors are on the darker side.
The industrial style can work with or without a lot of extra decoration. This also makes industrial tables an excellent candidate for smaller rooms. If you can't afford to have extra furniture or artwork-filled walls, it doesn't matter.
Scandinavian tables are also typically on the thinner and more minimal side. But they also focus on looking as appealing as they are efficient. If you want a table that is kind of in between minimal and decorative, Scandinavian is perfect for you.
Scandinavian tables look best in rooms with white or lighter-coloured walls. A white or light-coloured wood floor is also common in Scandinavian dining rooms.
A square or rectangular Scandinavian table would look great pushed up against a wall to save space. Because they are simple and clean, Scandinavian tables are especially able to do this. They won't look out of place next to a wall that is simple and clean like itself. This makes these tables ideal for smaller dining rooms that don't have to seat too many people.
A Mid Century table can work in a small dining room. Some tables and chairs have a larger form, however. If you like the Mid Century look, opt for a simpler table and armless chairs.
A small, round table would be a perfect Mid Century table for a smaller room. Supply only a handful of chairs with this table, and your furniture setup is complete. You'll be ready to comfortable enjoy meals with those closest to you.
Mid Century dining rooms usually feature artwork or decorations with lighter colours to accent the room's furniture. A rug can be used to accentuate the room's colours. But be aware that a rug can also make a dining room feel smaller or more crowded.
Japanese furniture just works for smaller dining rooms. A Japanese table will be minimal and sleek.
Having too much extra furniture or decoration can ruin a Japanese dining room's look. This makes the Japanese style perfect for those of you who have a smaller room to work with. All you really need in a Japanese style dining room is a table, chairs, and lighting.
A Japanese table looks great towards the middle of the room surrounded by chairs of the same colour. This makes the dining set look minimal and whole — two important aspects of the Japanese style.
It's also perfectly fine to have a Japanese dining set be the same colour as the floor or rug underneath it. This can give a room even more unity. The dining set can also contrast with the ground and walls. This draws focus to the dining set.
Our other styles also look great. They just might be harder to work into a smaller dining room. If you are absolutely in love with another style we offer, here are a few handy tips to help you out. With these tips, you won't have to sacrifice style for space.
Have fewer chairs. Fewer seats means more space. And more space means you won't stub your toe on a table or chair as you try to get around the room.
Have less "other" furniture and decorations. If your table or chairs are larger or more decorative, try to have fewer pieces of other furniture. Keep only the table, chairs, and little else in the room. You can still decorate the walls to bring the room additional character.
A rug can make a small room seem smaller. If you absolutely need that beautiful but decorative table, see how it looks without a rug in the room. The room will look and feel more open.
There are smaller chairs and tables even within a single style. If you like a more decorative style, see if there are decorative but smaller chairs or tables. You can have your cake and eat it too. It just might be a slightly smaller cake.