Small Kitchen Dining Ideas

Stuck for inspiration for your small dining space in your open plan? If you struggle to enjoy your dining time due to cramped space, there are so many small kitchen dining ideas to take inspiration from that will open up your open plan, kitchen diner space.

Round, Small Kitchen Dining

Pedestal tables and armless dining chairs are wonderful if you want to open the visual space. Use a welcoming range of soft pastel colours for subtlety. This can work in even the most compact spaces! You could even define a zone by painting a circular design on the wall, which will, in turn, make your dining area the main attraction for your small kitchen dining.

Embrace the Space

Don’t let a small dining space restrict your ideas. Increase the space around you by implementing a slimline table and wall-hung accessories. If you have a big family or you live in an active social household, a small round table will probably not be enough for your needs. Instead, look at slim tables that will fit perfectly into a narrow space.

Add hung lighting that glows above the table to provide efficient task lighting. Adding a dimmer can change the ambience for all dining purposes, from intimate meals to casual dining. To complete the look, punctuate the scheme with artwork and maybe even table decorations for the character and personality that you are looking for.


You can visually expand a small dining area by using a monochromatic palette. Keep the walls and floor free from clutter and allow the personality of your dining area to shine through the clever design of the furniture. Purchase dining tables with chairs that can be tucked in when not needed. Make sure that the corner legs don’t interfere with keeping the chairs tidied away.

Before you make a final decision, think about the size your kitchen dining area can accommodate, what your ideal size and shape are (whether it be circular or oval, etc) and which material you think will complement the overall theme of the room. You must also factor in whether it will be easy to use or become a hindrance to how you move about.

Themes and Nooks

If the dining area is in a corner or an alcove, you can bring it to life with a theme. Think about colour and accessories, soft furnishings and wall art that will give the space its own character. Set it against a plain backdrop and make the table the star of the show. Benches are wonderful for nooks and corners as they can be tucked neatly underneath when not in use. They are also handy for fitting in more people.

Tie it In

If you want your small kitchen dining area to look like one big room, make sure that the theme flows throughout. Though you want your dining area to be a section of its own, you can add elements of the kitchen design into space. This could be the colour scheme, the material of the furniture, or perhaps a smooth and seamless finish.

If you want a big dining experience to fit into your small space, consider extending tables. These offer flexibility for all dining experience and can save you plenty of floor space when not in use.

Multifunctional Space

A kitchen diner is a common option for many homes these days, especially considering how many of us lack the luxury of a separate dining room. Despite the limited space, it is important to optimise the storage space as much as you can. A low-level storage bench will help to declutter and streamline the space while providing extra seating. You can find plenty of options that will match the rest of your furniture for a scheme that is cohesive and considered. Low-level storage is also a wonderful solution for freeing up wall space.

Window Space

Sometimes, you may only find yourself having a small space under the window for your dining, but there is still so much potential! Be sure to include storage under benches so that no space goes unused. Add seat pads and add cushions to blend different colours and fabrics.

Talk to Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and if you have a small kitchen dining area to work with, you’re aiming to fill a lot of need in a such a compact space. Luckily, there’s always a team of experts ready to help. Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms is here to ensure that you get the most out of your kitchen diner space. Get in touch for more information.


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