Cozy & Compact: Dining Room Ideas for Tiny Spaces

Cozy & Compact: Dining Room Ideas for Tiny Spaces, Homemakers Furniture, small dining rooms

When space is at a premium, outfitting a dining room can seem like a difficult task. Here are five ideas for maximizing space and making the most of your dining room!

Round Dining Tables

Conventional wisdom suggests a rectangular table for a rectangular room, but this can monopolize your space.

Instead, consider a round dining table. They’re easy to integrate into smaller spaces and can open up area for a buffet, sideboard or server to increase your storage capacity.

We like the Bossa seven-piece dining set from Modus Furniture. It offers approachable styling with a sunburst pattern on the table top, and six armless chairs with vibrant, colorful upholstery. The result is airy and inviting, instead of stuffy and formal.

Switch Up the Seating

Unique seating options like banquettes can add versatility to any dining room. These long benches are situated against the wall to maximize space, while offering generous seating and plush cushioning.

This five-piece nook dining set from Sunny Designs is drawing rave reviews from Homemakers customers. It fits perfectly in a corner, provides generous under-seat storage and adds rustic appeal to any space.

Dual-Purpose Dining Rooms

Maximizing your dining room space can also mean setting it up to be used for tasks other than dining and entertaining.

A natural option is a dining room/home office hybrid, especially if you work from home. Bookcases can bridge the gap between both objectives by providing ample storage for both. We like bookcases with built-in storage doors, like this one from International Furniture Direct.


Rugs can transform a space (read more in our How to Pick the Perfect Rug post!). They can add texture, vibrant colors or visually intriguing, geometric details.

Choose a rug made from polypropylene, the same material used in outdoor rugs. It’s durable, stain-resistant, extremely soft and easy to clean, all worthwhile attributes for a spot under the dining table.

Tresanti’s Murphy Desk provides a fully functional desk, a built-in charging station and adjustable shelving in a tiny footprint that is ideal for small spaces. The desk surface folds up easily and out of the way when not in use.

We hope these tips might spark an idea or two for your own space, and even if you don’t have a dining room we’ve got you covered. Read our post on how to maximize space in a small kitchen. You can explore our entire Cozy & Compact series here.

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