Published at Tuesday, January 09th 2018. by Valarie Russo in Apartment Furniture.
Measure the room - The first thing you need to do is measure the room in which you are going to put the small table. Knowing the rooms measurements will help you narrow down the options you have when it comes to selecting a small table. Once you have the room measurements you need to consider what else will go in the room in addition to the small table. Think about chairs, china cabinets, bookshelves and other pieces of furniture that will help complete this space. Once you know all of the pieces of furniture that will go into the room you should be able to narrow down how much space you have for the small table.
Picking the right furniture for a small apartment is really just about mindset. While stores like IKEA and Target have good choices for furniture that will work in a dorm room or a studio apartment, you can find suitable furniture for small spaces just about anywhere. You just have to think like a ships captain. Why a ships captain? Because the interiors of ships offer the best possible example of good usability and efficient use of space. Anyone who has ever had the good fortune to be on board a large sailboat or even a yacht knows how compact everything is, how much thought goes into how spaces are designed, and how well-built everything is. It becomes very evident that someone put a lot of thought into what was really necessary and then just ignored the things that were not necessary, and made the essentials work.
If you have decided on the amount of space you can allot for seating and have your budget decided, there are still some other things that need to be taken into consideration. Round tables have always been the first selection for cramped quarters but dont limit yourself to just one style. Long narrow kitchens often extend a much more aesthetic look with the use of a oblong table with a bench that slides underneath it when not in use.
If your small kitchen is L shaped you will have a number of different choices. Just remember to do the math. You do not want a table measuring six feet in a space that measure seven feet. The table may fit, but besides looking totally out of place, getting to the seats will be next to impossible. There is a basic rule that two feet is needed to comfortably reach and leave the table regardless of its style. If the measurements are square, such as 6x6 feet, you can opt for a small round or square table. If the measurements are rectangular as in 6x8 feet, you may want to consider a table that is narrow and long. Both the bench and drop leaf styles would work well in these spaces. Just remember that both floor space and proportion are the two most important factors to keep in mind.
While you hopefully have more space than a ships cabin, thinking with that kind of intention and priority can get you significantly more mileage out of the few square feet that you do have. The first thing to consider is what you want to do when your space. Please dont just say Duh. I want to live in it. Do you like to play video games? Do you like to read? Cook? Do you spend a lot of time in the bathroom or getting dressed so you look your best? Pick 2-3 activities that are really essential to your well-being, and start thinking about how to use your space to let you do those things in the best way possible. If being well-dressed is really important to you, this may mean using a significant portion of your wall space for a very large mirror. If you like to cook, it may mean expanding your kitchen space with shelves or by hanging pots and hands or by adding a kitchen island. If you like to read, it may mean putting in one large comfy chair so that you could really relax and take in a book.
Be creative in your furniture decisions. Furniture that was used for one room in your home may work well in another in your apartment. Be open about how you add furniture to each room and dont make the mistake of trying to recreate your old home on a smaller scale. It may never feel right.