The holidays are almost here, which means there are many cocktail and dinner parties in store. If you’re worried your small dining room won’t get the job done, put your fears to rest. With the right furniture and organization, you’ll be ready to host friends and families throughout the holiday season.
Pick the right sized dining room table. Sure, you want to ensure it’s large enough to accommodate tableware, but it’s also important that your guests are able to get by each other comfortably. No one wants to squeeze between a wall and a chair or ask all other guests to get up when they need to enter or exit the dining area.
Pick the right shaped dining room table. Compact round tables can typically seat more guests than their rectangular counterparts and can also work well in tight corners.
Think about seating. Chairs aren’t the only option for dining rooms. Benches and booths can be great space savers and also look great. Additionally, a number of them now offer storage underneath the seat, a double win for your cozy space.
Open the dining area up into other rooms. Whether adjacent to the kitchen, living room, or other area, arrange your dining room furniture up so it blends into other spaces. While you won’t physically be gaining more space, it will feel larger and make the area more inviting.
Create a makeshift second dining area. If you have more guests than can fit into a single dining area, put together a second. Good spots for this include a wet bar or a living area that can fit a collapsible table. You can either opt to decorate them the same and use the same tableware, or go for a completely different theme. If you’re worried it will segregate your guests from each other, invite them to play musical chairs between courses.
Beware of bulky decorations. From disproportionately large centerpieces to wall decor that protrudes into the dining area, big items can detract from your small dining room and take up valuable real estate.