Small dining room ideas

How to create your dream dining room, even if you're short on space.

Round brass dining table with two brass wire dining chairs.
Dining room with black glossy table and brown leather dining chairs.

Small talk

Dining space a little on the small side? Don’t sweat it. We’re here to show you how, with the addition of some space saving furniture, you can find yourself some breathing space, without sacrificing on style.

Small dining table ideas

Discover our shape shifters and stylish storage solvers...

Oak and white dining tables with four matching chairs.

Extendable dining tables

Perfect for squeezing on those extra bums when the occasion calls, our extendable tables can transform in seconds. And if you ever work from home, choose a design that will double up as a desk for you too.

Oak extending dining table with grey velvet dining chairs.

Folding dining tables

If you don’t have a dedicated dining room, a foldable table will mean you can set up a dining space as and when required. Plus, when you aren’t hosting a dinner party, a folded dining table placed against a wall can work as a console table or desk.

Dining table with inbuilt storage shelves and two stools.

Storage dining tables

Designed with handy shelves built in, our storage dining tables are masters at maximising space. Fill them with bits and bobs you need to hand, such as condiments and placemats.

Round or rectangular? You decide...

Glass topped round dining table with oak legs paired with rattan dining chairs.

Round and round

Round dining tables are probably the easiest shape to work with in a small space. They work especially well in awkward areas where chairs can utilise angular corners. A major plus is that they are particularly unrestrictive on numbers – there’ll always be room for a small one! Consider a glass dining table; being see-through, they create the feeling of space when, in reality, it’s in limited supply.

Black glossy rectangular dining table with leather dining chairs.

Work those angles

A rectangular dining table works in a multitude of room set-ups and scenarios. If you are lucky enough to have a separate dining room, they will make the most of a rectangular shaped room, even if it’s quite narrow. They also work really well in eat-in, galley-style kitchens. Particularly sociable, they're not too wide, so you can indulge in conversation with those seated opposite.

Small dining room chair ideas

A few clever tricks to keep in mind when selecting your seating...

Grey dining table and chairs set.

Armless chairs

Dining chairs with clean lines and minimalistic shapes won't eat up space. Look for armless designs that can easily be tucked underneath the table when not in use.

Black glossy dining table and blue velvet dining chairs.

Velvet chairs

Textures are great for adding depth to a room, which in turn can make it appear bigger. And who doesn’t love a velvet dining chair?

Brightly coloured folding chairs around a square white dining table.

Folding chairs

Folding or stackable dining chairs are great when space is at a premium. Simply store neatly away when not in use.

A few alternatives to the traditional dining chair...

Oak and white dining table with two matching chairs and a bench.

On the bench

Have you thought about swapping chairs for dining benches? A great space-saver in smaller dining rooms, a bench can squeeze on more diners and tucks completely away when not in use.

Oak and white bar stools at a matching breakfast bar.

Stylish stools

No space for a designated dining area? No prob. Bar stools are perfect for small kitchen tables or breakfast bars. Those with a streamlined, slim silhouette are a great choice for minimal and compact schemes.

The finishing touches

Round bamboo mirror with two wall shelves decorated with plants and candles.

Reflect on this

To add more charisma to a little dining room, it’s worth looking at mirrors. Bouncing light around the room, they'll make the space feel bigger and airier.

Dining room with wooden table, grey velvet chairs and a room dividing wooden screen.

Screen time

In an open plan living area, a screen is ideal for defining a dining space. Creating a cocoon-like feel for intimate dinners, it can also be easily moved from room to room.

Brass ceiling light with three statement bulbs.

Up in lights

Create an inviting atmosphere with ambient lighting. Hang a statement ceiling light above the table to create a focal point and to impart a warming glow.

A textured set of green bowls and plates on an oak table with glassware.

Host & toast

It's all in the presentation so be sure to show off your culinary delights in style with a brand new dining set, paired with luxe glassware and cutlery.

Be inspired

Round brass dining table with two brass wire dining chairs.

Dining room ideas

Glass topped round dining table with oak legs paired with rattan dining chairs.

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Living room with mirror and plants on mantelpiece and a green velvet sofa.

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