9 Nooks Make the Most of Small Space Dining

If you’ve ever struggled with a small dining space and not having enough elbow room at meal time, you’ll enjoy this collection of nine nooks that incorporate both beauty and functionality.

Small Space Dining RoomPhoto by Oak Hill Architects


When you have a small dining area, a round table gives the illusion of more space.  Play up the area with pretty slip covered chairs and a snazzy circular light fixture. Plenty of windows also creates the illusion of space so consider the possibility of adding a window or two if that’s an option.

Small Space Dining in a Windowed AlcovePhoto by Red Leaf Interiors, LLC


An oval table creates the illusion of space, as well. The lack of square corners makes it easier to pull up an extra chair or two.

Oval Dining Table to Fit in Small RoomPhoto by Kathryn Ivey Interiors


Consider using an extension table for a small dining space. You can accommodate more guests when needed, and then put the table back to normal size when not in use, thereby saving space during everyday living.

Country Style Dining Room with Chalkboard Wall and Mason Jar ChandelierPhoto by Nathan Taylor for Obelisk Home


Banquettes are a great way to save space since they’re tucked into a corner of the room. They create a cozy, intimate feel.

Traditional Dining Nook with BanquettePhoto by Lorin Hill, Architect


Drop-leaf tables are another space saving feature in a small dining space. This nook also enjoys a colorful banquette with ample windows that open up the room.

Colorful Small Space Dining NookPhoto by SpaceCraft Architecture


Be a decorator who views the glass half full and have fun when decorating a small dining space. Here, a fun retro booth setting makes an unforgettable visual impact in the home.

Retro Mid Century Dining Nook with Vintage Diner BanquettePhoto by Lauten Construction


Create a cozy dining space by placing a table where it’s normally not expected. A vintage table provides an warm and inviting place for morning coffee or late night dessert. And if the light fixture isn’t where you place the table, use a pendant light with a hook to place the light where you need it.

Small Farmhouse Dining NookPhoto by Jessica Cain


Look at your home through fresh eyes and you’re sure to find a place where you can create a cozy cove for intimate dining.

Tiny Table for Small Space DiningPhoto by Vicki Simon Interior Design

What’s your preference when dining in your home? Do you like a cozy, small dining space, or would you rather share a meal at a large table with a grand chandelier?


Subscribe to Town and Country Living via email and follow along on social sites!

Image  Map


  1. I would like a large table in a dining room for family dinners, and a small table in the kitchen for coffee, lunch, and dinner for myself. Unfortunately, I don’t have the former, so family dinners are held at my son or daughter’s house. They have large homes with plenty of space. I’ve had one dining room in my adult life and loved it, but since then have had only small eating areas. Your post shows how beautiful they can be.

  2. Marlene Stephenson says:

    I have a dining room butf i am planning to put a nook in my kitchen for myself. I know you get tired of my stories but we lived in an old house that had a breakfast nook at the end of the kitchen and windows on three sides i loved that area and want one of my own. Thanks for these ideas.

  3. Great advice given here for small spaces and maximizing on area. Beautiful round french country dining tables shown. Those farmhouse dining chairs look familiar too!
    Thanks so much for posting.

  4. Beverley L. says:

    Love all the spaces. Thanks for posting.

Speak Your Mind


** My Disclosure Policy **