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Compact dining table and chairs

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ThreeBarrels Wed 11-May-16 16:23:15

We have just bought a flat with a reception with open plan kitchen. I have bought a sofa, chair and coffee table and don't want to overcrowd the flat as the recption is not that large. However, we do need some sort of dining table/chairs.

Can anybody please recommend a compact dining table and chairs or one that folds up/folds away etc.

I am also debating whether or not to have a tv and how to use minimal space. I saw on line some feature where you could have a picture or a mirror on the wall to conceal it, but not sure if that's too fiddly. Has anybody tried something similar?

All advice and recommendations gratefully received!

lalalonglegs Wed 11-May-16 16:42:20

I'd wait for the sofa to be delivered and see how much space that reasonable leaves you before shopping for a table. I don't like foldaway tables, they end up being a faff and it is much more useful, in terms of zoning an open plan space, to have something permanent.

My BILs bought a painting that rises out of the way to reveal the wall-mounted TV when they want to watch it - it seems a bit of a fuss and slightly Hyacinth Bucket to cover it up. Just get one whose proportions don't overwhelm the space and it will be fine.

OnePlanOnHouzz Thu 12-May-16 08:27:32

Build a flip down one perhaps ? And have folding chairs kept between back is sofa and wall ?!

MightyMeerkat Thu 12-May-16 08:34:50

I have a small square table 90 X 90 cm from Next. 4 chairs tuck underneath it and it extends to double its size if required. It doesn't take up much room as I keep it tucked in a corner where it can comfortably seat two and drag it out if I have guests so it can seat four. I like it because it looks like a proper dining table.

HereIAm20 Thu 12-May-16 14:03:45

Saw these at the Ideal Home Show. You could almost have any frame you wanted. You could go ultra modern or very ornate and traditional. Look fab - but cost £1800

ThreeBarrels Thu 12-May-16 16:45:14

Thank you so much for your replies, some really good ideas here!

GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Fri 13-May-16 08:53:55

There is an oval one at John Lewis - sorry can't do links on iPad - seats 4 with 2 fold down leaves. Folds away v small with chairs folding and tucking away underneath. It's in a nice light wood.

SwearyGodmother Fri 13-May-16 09:03:43

When I had a compact flat I had a similar table to Mighty but from IKEA. I think it's the Bjursta one here which seats four even at its smallest but really doesn't take up much space. I had four chairs that tucked under it and a couple of these folding chairs tucked away if I had more guests. It looked smart and not being folded away made sure I sat up to eat every day.

GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Fri 13-May-16 09:04:09

PS to above - I think it's £120-130. No time to check since due at jury service!

ThreeBarrels Fri 13-May-16 10:44:03

Ooh these ones are both ideal. I think I may need to visit IKEA!

ThreeBarrels Fri 13-May-16 11:12:29

The JL one is a bit smaller and has rave reviews so a definite possibility! Thank you!

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