Monday, January 6, 2014

Tips for compact dining spaces

Compact spaces do not necessarily mean you’ll have to be stuck with a less exciting design and limited features and functions in the area. Maximize your space to its true potential, and go for a cozy appeal without compromising comfort. In a small dining space for instance, there are ways to make your space look bigger or simply allocate the space more effectively. 

Add height

Banquet seats are built-in and usually flushed against the walls. This is a great idea for dining spaces with awkward shapes and in spaces with bay and bow windows.

For dining spaces with windows, create an illusion of height by installing curtains that go all the way from ceiling to floor. Even if your window is only of standard height or even smaller, it’ll appear bigger and add height to the room. 

Use the same color scheme

Small dining spaces are usually part of a larger area such as the kitchen, or in the case of your typical condominium unit, the living and dining areas may be a connected space. Use the same color palette for the adjoining areas of your dining area. This will create the appearance of one big cohesive space, as opposed to chopping the large space into smaller parts visually by employing different color schemes.

Employ banquet seats

Banquet seats are built-in and usually flushed against the walls. This is a great idea for dining spaces with awkward shapes and in spaces with bay and bow windows. The banquet seats may be designed to follow the shape of the room. The uninterrupted expanse of upholstered seating in the banquet option makes for a more flexible seating capacity, as kids can squeeze in and fit more people. You may also opt to add storage underneath the seats.

Use drop-leaf tables

Drop-leaf tables are tables that can expand to fit more people. This is a practical addition to any compact dining space, since you can use the smaller arrangement for everyday use and expand it when you have guests over. - Aislinn Kee 


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