Thursday, January 9, 2014

Multi-use dining spaces

Many compact homes have limited spaces, some are even unable to accommodate a designated area for each task or function in the home. For instance, in a condominium unit, especially a studio setup, there is often no room for a living room, foyer and office. For these small spaces, the best option may be to employ multi-use spaces in the home. 

When it comes to the main areas in the home, the dining area is the most flexible, largely because the chair and table setup is just perfect for a lot of activities in the home.

When it comes to the main areas in the home, the dining area is the most flexible, largely because the chair and table setup is just perfect for a lot of activities in the home. 

Office

Condominium units, particularly studio types and one-bedroom units, don’t have designated home offices. Some homeowners just carve out a space for a desk in the bedroom. However, this takes up valuable space. It can also make for an unproductive workspace, since you’ll be working right beside your bed, tempting you to rest or take a short nap. 

In these situations, your dining area can actually double as your office desk area. This is particularly practical for mobile work, where you only use your laptop. It’s easy to use the dining table as a work area throughout the day and just quickly stow away your laptop when you have meals. 

Storage is another important feature in a home office. Make sure you provide some storage space for your office needs as well. For instance, it may take up a section of your buffet table cabinet or the lower, enclosed cabinets in your china cabinet. If you have banquet seating in your dining area, you may opt to have some built-in storage space made under the seats. 

Living room

Condo units usually have a shared and connected space for the living and dining areas. Sometimes, this space is too small to have full-fledged living and dining areas that coexist. One way to still have the best of both worlds is by combining them. 

For a rectangular dining table setup, you may swap two dining chairs from one side of the table with a comfortable fully upholstered, two-seater bench. This provides a more relaxed feel that is often associated with the living room. If you have an entertainment area in the room or a TV hung on the wall, the upholstered bench should face the TV. Again, this setup is reminiscent of a living room, but still has the function of a dining room. 

For a better view of the screen, you may also opt for ottomans or chairs with low backs for the other side of the table. - Aislinn Kee 


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