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Adding a Useful Dining Space Inside Your Small Kitchen

December 6, 2012

Adding a Useful Dining Space Inside Your Small Kitchen

Small kitchens can pose a challenge to many households, particularly from the vantage of functionality. A tiny kitchen may not accommodate extra furniture well given the limited space. However, with proper planning and a creative use of furniture and kitchen essentials, even a small kitchen can achieve both function and beauty.

Adding a dining space in a small kitchen may seem impossiable, but with these tips, it can easily be done:

  • Use bold and bright colors for your table and chairs. Bright colored furniture creates an impression of a wider space. Even if your kitchen is small and your furniture is crowded inside, you can still create the illusion of more space.
  • Add a folding table and chairs. Since your space is limited, why not add something portable? A folding table and chairs can serve two primary purposes in a small kitchen. First, you can have the luxury of a dining space inside your kitchen. Second, you can simply fold and tuck it away and have a bigger walking space in your small kitchen when you are done eating.
  • Use the counter as your table. Tall, slim chairs can be used on one side of your counter to create a small dining area. You need not add any table since you can make use of your counter to dine.
  • Use tables that are narrow in width, so they won’t take up a lot of space.  You may even be able to install it along an empty wall.
  • Make use of chairs that hide under your counter.  Simply pull them out when you need to sit down and eat on your counter and then push them inside when you’re done to create a wider walking space in your kitchen.
  • Utilize the space above your dining area. Even if you need to use some of the space in your small kitchen for a table and chairs, making use of the space above them can help maximize the functionality of the space. Hang a pot rack on top so you can save space in your cabinets. You may also want to use your table for extra storage if you can find one with drawers.
  • Stack your chairs when not in use. Plastic chairs come in handy and are easily stackable.

Chris George
Oklahoma City Realtor

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