Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Best Ideas to Make Your Living Room & Dining Room a Double Duty

The Best Ideas to Make Your Living Room & Dining Room a Double Duty

The Best Ideas to Make Your Living Room & Dining Room a Double Duty

From simple decorating projects to perfect and complete interior room makeovers, the thought of redoing any part of your apartment, no matter the scale, can seem overwhelming. But these Real Simple readers proved that there are easy, doable ways to get it done. The dining room is often an extra space that gets used only for holidays or special occasions. But if you're plagued by small square footage or if you're trying to make your house more functional overall.

1 Place a square or rectangle dining table near a wall

Don’t let your dining table waste space when not in use. By letting one side rest against a wall it won’t take up as much room or dominate the look of a space. A small enough table could be styled so that it looks like some other type of table or desk when not being used as a dining table. And you can always pull it out and place it more prominently when entertaining.

2 Incorporate unconventional dining seating that can be used a variety of ways


If you do have room for a small table (even if one side is up against a wall), there’s not necessarily a need to have all the seating siting around it at once all the time, taking up needed space. Use instead stools or narrow benches for dining seating; you’ll be able to move the seating to other parts of the living room area when not eating. This is especially helpful when dining room chairs might jut out into the flow of traffic through your space.

3 Floating & flexible storage for Waste Wall Space

Practical storage doubles as wall art in this ingenious DIY dining room idea, For very small spaces, consider hanging it on the wall, Don't let your dining room's blank walls go to waste. Instead, use them as an opportunity to incorporate a home library.

Display Storage as Decor:

Consider letting some stylish storage perform double duty. Maximize the storage inside of a furniture piece that is long and narrow so that it holds any dish storage you might need for dining, but also any media you might need for your living space. can be for both media and dishes.


4 Choose Visually Lightweight Furniture

Pay attention to the visual weight of furniture, not just its actual size. Light-color furniture or pieces with legs appear lighter than dark or boxy upholstered pieces.
In this small living area, the leggy chair doesn't obstruct views of the passage or the floor, so the space feels more open. The metal and glass coffee table also consumes very little visual space.
Not always the most affordable option (but definitely deals can be found), going for furniture that can be expanded like a dining table with leaves or the awesome-sounding coffee table in Alana’s Brooklyn Railroad means your one room can change transformer-style when it needs to switch main functions.

5 Consider a coffee table and pillows instead

If you’re really short on space, incorporate a wider coffee table that is at a height that would work well with dining seated on floor pillows. You can keep the pillows stacked up in a corner or placed on the sofa to pull out and arrange around a low table when you’re ready to entertain.
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