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Think You Haven’t Got Space for a… Kitchen Table?

Fold-down, fold-up, wheel away… There are many ways to fit a table into a tiny cookspace, so be inspired by these ideas

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Many of us dream of a huge kitchen table around which friends and family can congregate, but lack the space to fit in a sizeable design. That doesn’t mean giving up entirely on the idea of any kind of table in the kitchen, though. Often, creating somewhere to sit and eat is simply a question of finding the right design or building in a clever solution.

These inspiring kitchens point the way, with their ingenious ideas for tucking in a table when space is tight.

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Select seating carefully
Sometimes, it’s the combination of table and chairs that won’t fit into a kitchen. Choosing chairs that can be pushed neatly under the table means even a generous kitchen table may actually fit. Just make sure there’s enough floor space surrounding it to pull the chairs out and sit comfortably.

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Tuck into a nook
The angles of this open-plan kitchen, dining and living space dictate where furniture can be placed. A small table slots in neatly against one wall, and its folding design means it can be pulled out to make space for more than two diners.

Painting it the same colour as the walls is a clever way to reduce its visual impact and help it ‘disappear’ into the wall.

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Slot in a circle
Although this kitchen is narrow, it has lots of storage, so the fact that fitting in a table obscures access to a few cupboards is not a disaster. These can be where rarely used gadgets and crockery are stored, while the more easy-to-reach cabinets do the daily work.

Using a circular table, literally cutting corners to help it fit in, is a brilliant idea, providing space for four to sit within a compact footprint.

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Exploit space by a window
It’s difficult to extend units right up to an external wall featuring a window, so instead use this space for a small table.

This one feels distinct from the worktop thanks to its wooden top and upstand, but it sits at the same height as the worktop to create clean, level sightlines, with bar stools providing somewhere to perch.

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Aim high
When there’s no window or view to conserve, consider instead breaking up sightlines and creating the illusion of more space by adding a tall table. Because this one is higher than the worktops, you don’t feel hemmed in by the layout of the kitchen, as you might in this space if everything was on the same level.

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Relocate!
Maybe you genuinely don’t have space inside your kitchen for a table, but how about just outside it? In an open-plan configuration like this, tucking a table alongside the kitchen, if not actually right inside it, can work just fine.

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Fit one on wheels
This clever, compact kitchen contains a simple desk space under the window, but…

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…the desk can be pulled out and extended, depth-wise, to become a fully functional dining table that’s a comfortable width, too.

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Fold up…
Folding tables have been kitchen favourites for decades, but if space is really tight, try fitting a wall-mounted version. No legs required, and the collapsed table will only protrude into the room by a few centimetres.

Stacking stools offer compact seating, or try folding chairs that can be stored away or hung on the wall.

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… or fold down
A table that folds down from the wall is a clever, space-efficient idea. Here, blocky stools are arranged in a neat, unobtrusive row beneath the table when it’s not in use…

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…then, when folded down, the seats surround the table, creating room for three people to dine comfortably.

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Commandeer a windowsill
OK, this is not a table in proportions, but it is in ambition! It’s also a lovely place to perch with tea and toast or a morning coffee, gazing out over the garden. Most tables can’t offer that!

Do you have any tips for fitting a table into your kitchen? Please add them to the Comments below.
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