I live in a assistliving apt and have a small room 6x6

Mamamojoe Moore
by Mamamojoe Moore
I tried to make it a dining room with just small table two chairs, but doesn't work because its too tight. I have a drop leaf table and can't move the chairs. How or what do I do? It's a small apartment old hospital made to home for elderly apartments. Can you maybe help me with how to make it work so i can have a table to eat off? Kitchen is small too so no table.
I can't eat and slid chair our overweight also plus friend comes some times share lunch very tight
  21 answers
  • Gypsy of love Gypsy of love on Oct 16, 2014
    try a breakfast bar type thing along the wall to left or right - but keep at a height that is workable with your chairs
  • Hannah V Hannah V on Oct 16, 2014
    I agree. A breakfast bar would be perfect. Hanging a wooden table attached to the wall would save so much space. Something similar to this idea http://www.hometalk.com/diy/build/furniture/diy-wall-desk-tutorial-4990401
  • Terry Terry on Oct 16, 2014
    I would make an L shaped bench in the corner, that should be Abl e to seat two people plus give some extra storage.
  • Carole Carole on Oct 16, 2014
    If you turn the table and have one chair that is not the one in regular use with it's back against the far wall and your own chair will fit facing the wall when it is just yourself that needs to sit and eat. The room is very narrow but I think you could work with what you have by turning the table around. Put a nice picture on that far wall so that it is something to look at rather than bare wall when you sit and eat. Much more inviting!
  • Lisa Kaplan Gordon Lisa Kaplan Gordon on Oct 16, 2014
    Tiny spaces are all the rage. But you've got to be creative. Take a look at this HouseLogic slideshow for some cool ideas. http://www.houselogic.com/photos/home-thoughts/tiny-houses-pictures/slide/89-square-feet/#80-square-feet?eo_sm_sa_lkg
  • Barbara Thomas Barbara Thomas on Oct 17, 2014
    I'd probably move this table and chairs into the living room by a window. This little room would become a cute reading nook, or a storage room by hanging a curtain in front of it.However, if you really want to use it as your dining room.....hang a mirror in back of that table to make it appear as a bigger room. Pull the table out more in the middle of the room, turn it so the leaves hang to the side not in front, put one chair in back and one in front. A little lamp on the table would be pretty and reflect the light off the mirror.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Oct 17, 2014
    The counters in kitchens are only 24" deep, so a 6'Lx24"D shelf attached to the right wall at table height would make a very nice eating area. This would leave you a 3' clearance. Room for at least 3-4 chairs. Just above the table, attach a shelf about 4" deep to hold condiments, napkins, etc. A deeper shelf could be added a little higher to hold plates, glasses, small basket for your place mats, colorful canisters or jars for holding rice/pasta/dried beans, etc. Actually, the items on the shelves could add color and interest to the area. Another secret is to get chairs that have legs straight down instead of flared like the one you have now. (You could actually have the table hinged to the wall to fold down when you needed space! With small spaces, always think "up". There is always unused wall space above head height for shelves, cabinets, boxes turned on their sides for storage cubes! A shelf for books?!
  • Chris aka monkey Chris aka monkey on Oct 17, 2014
    i think @Jeanette S hit the nail on the head here a counter on the wall would be perfect home depot or lowes menards what ever you have there would have stock laminate counters pretty inexpensive and can be attached pretty easy too and then shelves where ever you can for storage or display and please move whatever is stretching that electric cord to that wall it is plugged into ask for help too i am sure you have friends and fellow apartment dwellers who would help you good luck xx
  • How about a small comfy loveseat up against the wall that you have the table and chairs on, and a bench type coffee table that you can eat at , a piece of artwork available at thriftstores in abundance a tiny end table with some lighting, maybe a small lamp. I think this could be a cozy place to sit and read and a great place to share some lunch.
  • Jamoschini Jamoschini on Oct 23, 2014
    It is a perfect square room which means you needs some imagination. Trying to maneuver around a table is awkward and takes up too much space. I would put a bar type table against the far wall. Hang a mirror and interesting art on the same wall. Two chairs will fit side by side at the table. The bar should be dining room height to match the chairs. Add a pretty table runner and centerpiece on the new table. Hang a light to the ceiling for a more dramatic look. I would also add a tall artistic floor piece such as a tall vase or plant as a visual piece across the room at the entrance to the room.
  • Susan E Susan E on Oct 23, 2014
    Can you open the table and move it into the corner? Then have one chair against each congruent wall. Don't know where the door is in this 6x6.
  • Susan E Susan E on Oct 23, 2014
    Also, what is the diameter of the table?
  • Lynn Lynn on Dec 09, 2014
    If you can't have a bar attached to the wall and don't want to just look at a wall when eating - I would suggest you turn your table and have a chair on either side. Add some art work or mirror on the wall (if you have deocrative plates - they would look nice as well). A small area rug under the table and chairs would add some interest to break up the blandness. You might want to swap the chairs out for benches with storage to eliminate the gray tub. It is a cute and cozy space - it just needs some sass added.
  • Carole Carole on Dec 10, 2014
  • Brande Arno Brande Arno on Dec 10, 2014
    It sounds like you are renting and probably can't put holes in the wall. Instead of having the table up against the wall, lengthwise, turn it so the narrow part is up against the wall and the length of the table is away from the wall. If you do this at the halfway point of the wall, I think the two chairs would fit in the space on either side of the table.
  • Kayo Frazier Kayo Frazier on Jan 13, 2015
    I would change the color of the room to a pale blue or green to make it a mellow room. Then I would find & put in a big, comfy armchair facing the door of the room & then an ottoman in front of the chair. If you have the room a small side table for a drink, or plate of food You could put a few shelves on the walls for books or knick knacks. You can also place a big tray on the floor w/in arm's reach if you need something hard to write on. Hope this helps.
  • Deborah Deborah on Jan 14, 2015
    Hi Mammajoe, sending you a pic, have someone cut it to size and place wheels on this puppy drag it around however whereever you like! PS: I am a former activity director from assisted livings, I think it's way cool your social online! :)
  • JustSue JustSue on Feb 02, 2015
    I would replace the chairs with padded stools that will slide under the table. I would also get a square table and use 4 stools. Check Habitat for Humanity as they often have several affordable tables and stools to choose from. You could also use a bench type cushioned seat against the wall (for your friend) and stools around the other three sides. Good luck!
  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Feb 07, 2015
    Hi Mammajoe-I keep seeing this question pop up and have thought about it for awhile. This could be the cutest little dining nook! Here is what I would do: 1. Paint that back wall a pretty contrast color, then add some nice artwork. If you can't paint, then just make sure the artwork is big enough to fill a lot of the nook wall. It doesn't have to be fancy, just something that speaks to you and welcomes you into the space. 2. Add a bench that fits along the back wall. You can get an old flea market or Craigslist one and paint it and add a cushion. Add matching cushions to the two chairs as well. 3. Find another small table-about four feet in length that doesn't have the angled legs, which take up more space. It isn't necessarily the size of the table that matters, it is the function. (Oftentimes when you go to a restaurant, you have to slide into a booth or bench, sometimes moving the table to do so. The same thing applies here. You won't be doing this all the time, jsut when company comes). 4. Add casters or slider feet so that the table can pull out quite easily so folks can get in and out of the bench. You can get these at Home Depot. You mentioned that you have visitors that come and dine with you, so when no one is there, keep the two chairs flanking the table on either side, then pull them up to the table opposite the bench when dining. 5. It appears that you have a plug right there, so adding a nice little light fixture that hangs over the table will add some light and interest. Add a table runner and centerpiece, some nice dishes for when your company comes!
  • Carol Sue Gershman Carol Sue Gershman on Nov 02, 2019

    remove the legs and hang the table/only one side can be used. yo can ten fit 2 chairs next to one another facing the hung table.. Put a picture or some photos on wall.

  • Pat Pat on Nov 02, 2019

    I think a folding table attached to the wall, if possible, would be best. The table can fold up when needed and one leg is attached to hold it up. I had this in my first little house. Was so nice to fold up the table and get it out of the way. Then two chairs can fit, one on either side. When you are eating alone, have you thought of fold up wooden TV trays? My grands use them all the time to eat their lunch.