How to Maximize Your Dining Room Layout

Do you feel like your dining room is too small to entertain guests? Or maybe you feel claustrophobic just sitting down to a family meal.

Your dining room layout can affect the amount of time you want to spend at the dinner table. But even with square-footage limitations, we at Good’s Furniture have discovered a few ways to maximize the space and make it feel big enough for any occasion. Read on to find out how you can create the appearance and feel of a larger dining room.

Keep Your Color Scheme Simple

Simplicity is key when it comes to color selection for a small dining room. Limit the number of colors you use to decorate and furnish the space. This tricks the eye into thinking that the room is larger than it is. Lighter or neutral colors can feel especially spacious, but you can also incorporate a single statement color here and there for a bolder touch.  

Hang Mirrors Strategically

It’s an oldie, but a goodie. A wall mirror, even a relatively small one, offers an extension to your room, even if it’s only a reflection. For maximum effect, hang your mirror in a place where it will reflect the light or a great view. Depending on your taste and the available wall space, you can hang several mirrors in a group, or mixed in with some neutral artwork for a gallery feel. In this way, you can combine your wall art style with the illusion of more space.

Turn Your Attention to Your Table

In most small dining rooms, square or round tables work well and help guests converse with ease. However, if your space is particularly narrow, you may want to consider a rectangular table instead. Tables with leaves are another option that prevent your dining room from becoming cluttered with furniture, while still offering ample seating solutions when you’re entertaining. Much like the mirror effect, tables with transparent glass or acrylic tops can create a sense of extra space, as you can see more of the room.

Table placement can also make a huge difference to the appeal of your small dining room. Try to leave about 36 inches between the table and the walls or other furniture, so guests can get up from their seats and move around the room comfortably. If possible, there should be an even bigger gap between the dining table and the entryway to ensure a feeling of spaciousness and openness. No guest wants to feel trapped at your dining table.

Choose Your Chairs Carefully

Chairs with arms often appear bulkier and can eat into the spacious look of your dining room. You may consider going for armless chairs, which are sleek and thin. You can even consider benches that scoot completely under the table when they aren’t in use. If you already own chairs with arms, you can even add one to each end of the table where there’s more room.  

Bring in Buffet or Bar Carts

Buffet and bar carts are perfect for a smaller dining area because they serve two functions: they store silverware and glassware, while also providing a place to serve drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Remember not to put the carts too close to the dining table or your guests won’t be able to get out of their seats. A corner is a great place for a bar cart, depending on the dimensions of your room. Need a piece to use in a pinch? Try taking an end table and putting it in your dining room while you entertain.

Having a small dining area doesn’t mean you can’t dine in comfort. Visit Good’s Furniture today to find the ideal pieces for your dining room and maximize your space in style.