The kitchen is said to be the heart of the home. It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, a lot of daily activities involve spending some time in the kitchen.

When I grew up, we had a dining room, but we rarely used it. The kitchen was the place where we ate, did our homework and just hanged out. Now I live in an apartment with a kitchen so small that there is hardly space for a table. We don’t have a dining room either, and actually, we don’t need it. We are a small family of three, so we make do in our small kitchen.

Small Kitchen Design: 3 Eye-Catching Dining Area Ideas

There are so many great solutions for houses or apartments that do not have a dining room and have to have the dining area in the kitchen.
Below you can find 3 eye-catching dining area ideas for your kitchen. They are not just attractive, but also help you to save space and some of these ideas also help out with some extra storage space.

Islands & Peninsulas for Extra Space

Not all kitchens have room for a huge island or a peninsula, but even a small ones have a lot of benefits. Islands and peninsulas provide extra storage space, create more counter space for food preparation and can be used as an eating area.
The easiest way to add some dining space to your existing kitchen island is to change the old top with a new one, that has a sufficient ledge on one side. Also, invest in some backless stools, that can be slipped under the counter to save the valuable kitchen space.
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Upper East Side residence

Banquettes for a Small Kitchen Design

Banquettes are a great solution for small corners and narrow spaces. Add a cute table, some throw pillows and you have a comfortable place for breakfasts, dinners or homework. Instead of an L-shaped banquette, you can also use high-quality restaurant booths to give your dining area a fun restaurant-style design.

For extra storage space, add shelves or even built-in bookcases to the wall space above your dining area.

El Dorado
Retro Kitchen Remodel

Drop Leaf Tables

Drop leaf tables have been used for ages as they a perfect solution for small dining areas that need a functional piece of furniture. The good thing about drop leaf tables is that they can easily be placed against the wall for surface display when not in use.
If you don’t have any room for a classic drop leaf table, have a look at a wide variety of wall-mounted tables. They are the epitome of saving space.
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Charmean Neithart Interiors, LLC.
Baer Retreat
As you see, small kitchen design has to be well-thought-out, but it’s possible to have an eye-catching dining area in almost any kitchen. With a little bit of creativity, you can create a space that is functional and also a beautiful design element for your kitchen.

Do you have a dining room? Do you use it?

*The unedited kitchen image is designed by Freepik.