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5 Best Space-Saving Dining Nooks That Will Fully Utilise Awkward Corners In Your Tiny Home

4 April 2024 | BY

Forget about a giant dining table and chairs. Instead, opt for a a cute & cosy dining nook.

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Good news for those with a small home: you don’t need to fit a giant dining table and chairs into your tight quarters to create a dining space. Instead, opt for a dining nook that’s cosy, compact, and fully customisable depending on your vibe. Ahead, 5 best HDB dining nooks where you can enjoy a morning cuppa or gather around with friends for a homecooked meal.

1. Space-saving design for under-the-stairs area

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If you also have a dead space under the stairs that you’re trying to fill, you’ll love this home’s dining nook. By squeezing a settee into the corner, the homeowners were able to maximise their space and create a seamlessly integrated look. On top of that, the textured round table and funky chairs all add visual interest and subtle curves to soften up the area.

2. Alfresco cafe vibes

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This entire Hougang flat looks like one giant cafe, so it’s no surprise that its dining nook has also got the whole coffee shop vibe going on. With the terracotta 2-tone wall, micro cement dining bench, and terracotta tabletop, this corner is all about the indoor dining area with an outdoor patio feel. 

3. Italian-inspired built-in banquette

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Don’t let the Italian-inspired built-in banquette fool you. As much as the rattan furniture, crisp white tablecloth, and earthy tones across the fittings and fixtures remind you of a European cottage in the countryside, this is an HDB in Canberra

The dining nook makes good use of the space by the kitchen and allows food to be served straight from the oven to the table. Beyond a place for the whole family to tuck into a meal, the nook doubles up as a lounge area where chilling is encouraged.

4. Open concept brutalist

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The raw concrete walls, mid-century modern furniture, and industrial pendant light create a unique look for this home’s dining nook. Over here, the table is long enough for those with bigger households or love to host. In between meals, you can use the cosy space as a quiet reading area or work station.

5. Floor-to-ceiling carpentry with dining nook incorporated

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Built-in open shelves guarantee you can show off your favourite items and store books. In this home, the customised floor-to-ceiling shelves which stretch across the entire wall help to maximise storage space. Insert a bench, table, and chairs, and the area also functions as a reading or dining nook.  

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Small dining rooms call for compact dining nooks that can be customised in a multitude of ways based on your home’s aesthetics. Go for a minimalist breakfast nook, cottagecore design, open-concept brutalist, and built-in banquette with open shelves. Whatever it is that your heart desires, rest assured you’ll have options.

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