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Photography by MICHEL ARNAUD

Creating a comfortable dining room in a small apartment can be challenging. Try these tricks of the trade and you’ll find your tiny dining room has never looked bigger.

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Photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

lighter look

Instead of a massive hutch that towers over the room, consider keeping dishware on a slender side table. This one, with mirrored shelves, makes things airy and bright, and the table lamp is cozier than a scene-stealing chandelier.

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Photography by MAX KIM-BEE

clear solution

The reality is that when you’re in a small space, furniture needs to step into double-duty roles. A table can be used for dining and working from home.   A “Louis Ghost” chair avoids cluttering an already compact space centered on a heavy table. See more best tables for small spaces. 

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Photography by MIGUEL FLORES-VIANNA

repurposing an awkward space

It’s a dining room, it’s a library, it’s your own personal reading room. An unused area that feels like a glorified corridor can be converted to a cozy multi-use space by adding shelves for books and art and a table for entertaining.

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Photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

expanding horizons

Tables that expand are compact in close quarters but extendable when you need to spread out your work or add bodies around the dinner table.

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Photography by FRANCOIS DISCHINGER

movable feast

Chairs gathered around a light pedestal table make for a living-room seating area that can quickly be transformed into a fireside dining space.