The first time my husband and I walked into our empty 740 square foot loft we could hardly believe our eyes. It looked like it was a small box with a couple of windows in it. We were coming from a much larger home so there was no way our furniture would fit. We had two full-sized, fluffy couches that were so comfortable but, there was no way even one could fit in the new living space. So, we sold all of our furniture and made a plan to furnish the new space.
We quickly found out that when furnishing a small home, everything needs to have a dual purpose. Since Tina specifically asked about this in a recent post, I’m going to share a few of my favorite dual-purpose items that work wonderfully in a small home. Today we’ll focus on the kitchen but later in the Small Spaces series, I’ll show you options for a few other rooms in your home.
Small Space Furniture: In the Kitchen
We looked high and low to find a kitchen/dining room table that would fit our space, but would also allow us to entertain guests. We finally found a dining room table that extends to seat six comfortably but also folds up to a small kitchen table pushed up against the wall. What we loved most about this table is that the two table leaves fold into the table instead of being separate pieces that have to be stored elsewhere.
If your kitchen and/or dining room is extremely small, you could always go with this type of table (found at IKEA) that can be folded up to function as a sideboard, extended to seat 3 or extended again to seat 6. This would even be a great option for someone who would like to have extra seating for holidays or special occasions but doesn’t want to have an extra table year round.
Another option for those who don’t have much room for a kitchen table is to install a wall-mounted table like this that can fold down flat. I’ve seen these set for two and they can be quite charming! It would also work well as an office table!
Do you have a small home or kitchen? How do you save space?