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1 Of 10 Pair a Round Table With a BanquetteThis classic combo is a highly efficient use of space. Together, they transform a bare corner into an elegant eating space.See more at The Glitter Guide » The Glitter Guide 2 Of 10 Flip OutApartment living generally devotes little more than a wall to eating. To make a dining room appear magically before her eyes, this homeowner installed a a sleek table that easily folds out at mealtimes.See more of this colorful home here » Kelly StuartAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below 3 Of 10 Use Walls WiselyOften considered a design no-no in other rooms, placing furniture against the wall frees up space for walking in this narrow dining area. Folding chairs stored neatly on the opposite wall can easily be grabbed when company arrives.See more at Apartment Therapy » Apartment Therapy 4 Of 10 Choose Shelves Instead of a CabinetChina cabinets or sideboards are lovely, but their bulk can dominate a room and uses space inefficiently. Floating shelves, on the other hand, can be customized to fit your needs (fill the whole wall with them, if you like!) and offer more flexible storage than standalone pieces.See more at Woodgrain Cottage » The Woodgrain CottageAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below 5 Of 10 Build in Seating and ShelvesBoth built-in bookcases and banquettes are meant to be directly next to the wall, offering as much seating, storage, and open floor space as possible — so when combined, they're a like small dining room superhero.See more at Young House Love » Young House Love 6 Of 10 Choose Dual-Purpose FurnitureIf you had to sacrfice part of your dining room to your workspace, get the best of both worlds with a pretty desk. For parties, this blogger clears off this stately oak piece to use as a buffet.See more at Little Yellow Couch » Little Yellow CouchAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below 7 Of 10 Get a BenchUnlike chairs, a bench can seat more than one person (a handful of kids, if you're lucky!) and tucks completely out of the way when not in use.See more at Amanda Medlin » Amanda Medlin 8 Of 10 Invest in a MirrorEmploy this bit of visual trickery to make any small room seem bigger: A mirror's reflection is great at faking extra space, and bounces light around the room to make it seem airier.See more at Made By Girl » Made by GirlAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below 9 Of 10 Collect Matching DinnerwareOpen shelves are often the best storage option in a tight space, but you have to fill them wisely. Coordinating plates and serveware, like this pretty creamy collection, add a decorative element with a culinary tilt.See more at Shanty 2 Chic » Shanty 2 Chic 10 Of 10 Create a BoothTwo banquettes are better than one! This clever set-up makes room for an entire family in a tight corner — and offers hidden storage under the seats.See more at Dear Lillie » Dear Lillie


If you find that your dining room space has become the hub for stray objects and is no longer suitable for what it was intended for due to clutter or lack of storage space, you are not alone. However, there are solutions. The goal is to keep your dining room table reasonably clear the majority of the time, except perhaps for a decorative centerpiece. Moreover, if your dining room is a dumping ground for mounds of stuff from every part of the home, it’s hard for such an important room in the house to fully serve its function. First, find homes for important and much used objects you find so that they don’t end up back on your dining room table a month later. Get rid of chipped, broken, stained pieces you no longer like or have no use for. Now, you’re ready to make a home for the things you keep with dining room storage solutions.


This contemporary dining room offers storage without taking away room space. Designer Andreas Charalambous and FORMA Design created this custom dining room cabinetry to maintain the simplicity of the decor. The built-in unit houses a coat closet, AV equipment and dishes and serving equipment for the dining area, he says.


Bookshelves can represent any decorating style. In her dining room design, designer Lori Dennis prefers tall bookshelves to create a multi-functional space for the entire family. "I love using bookcases to line a dining room with room for storage baskets. It automatically allows the space to do double duty," she says.


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Usually, dining rooms are void of any type of storage unit like a closet. Instead, sideboards and buffets are used which can be attractive and practical. Preferably, these pieces of furniture will provide shelves and drawers, making it easy for you to showoff your fine china while offering enough storage space. In fact, you can be creative and use a bedroom dresser or armoire to hold your items. Dresser drawers are usually deep and offer plenty of storage while adding charm at the same time.


For a house with young children, dining room storage solutions must be child-friendly and clever enough to keep little hands away. Designer Christopher Grubb recommends using bench storage or a window seat with drawers to keep curiosity at bay. "Children will be less inclined to open something that doesn't appear to be a cabinet," he says. Design by HGTV fan TABCAD


Open storage solutions, like shelves and cubbies, allow books, dishes and favorite pieces to be proudly showcased. Layla Palmer of the Lettered Cottage favors open storage in dining room designs. "I think if you can find ways to display the treasures that would normally be stuffed inside a kitchen cabinet, do it!" she says. Design by Leta Palatino-Ash


Of course I needed lots of storage!" The perfect storage solution is in this built-in dining buffet. It blends flawlessly with the room's design while showcasing the Bas Relief artwork. Three deep drawers on the left for table linens,and silverware. The center panel is divided in half with pull out trays to hold crystal, china, and serving pieces.


Deep Color Small dining rooms are often nooks carved out of larger spaces. Unify the dining area with the surrounding spaces by employing similar design characteristics. Just a step away from the kitchen, this nook carries the sleek black-and-white color scheme of the adjacent kitchen, but is distinguished by plum accents. A round light fixture contrasts the square table and cabinets and adds a modern touch with its silver lining inside. Get more ideas for decorating a small space.


Dress up a small dining room with an interesting wall treatment, such as board and batten or wainscoting. In this dining room, white wainscoting extends two-thirds of the way up the wall and is topped with a band of light blue. While the walls are light, introducing dark peacock blue on the chair seats and drapes brings dimension to the space, proving that dark colors have a place in small rooms.


Two Tone Design Dress up a small dining room with an interesting wall treatment, such as board and batten or wainscoting. In this dining room, white wainscoting extends two-thirds of the way up the wall and is topped with a band of light blue. While the walls are light, introducing dark peacock blue on the chair seats and drapes brings dimension to the space, proving that dark colors have a place in small rooms.


Dining storageHide the tablecloths, display the chinaTablecloths, napkins, candles for romantic dinners – finding space for all that is hard work. Happily, our buffets and other dining storage keep everything right where you need it. They come in styles that match our tables and chairs. And our display cabinets let your eyes enjoy your best china even when lunch is leftovers from last night’s pizza.MALSJÖSideboard basic unit$449.00


Dining storageHide the tablecloths, display the chinaTablecloths, napkins, candles for romantic dinners – finding space for all that is hard work. Happily, our buffets and other dining storage keep everything right where you need it. They come in styles that match our tables and chairs. And our display cabinets let your eyes enjoy your best china even when lunch is leftovers from last night’s pizza.


Plain and Simple Tucked away in the corner, this small dining area is plain and simple in the best way. Set against a white backdrop, a chestnut pedestal table brings a traditional, homey touch to the corner. A small window banquette seats two to three people and provides extra storage in the drawers below. Simple chairs are light and easy to be repositioned, allowing seating all around the table. A lantern-style light fixture draws attention to the space and distinguishes the area from the rest of the kitchen. EXCLUSIVE: Browse our best dining rooms in the Decorating Gallery.