I was discussing small-space living with a colleague today - She's having the same debate we had: to dine, or not to dine. How can you have it all, graciously? In typical downtown condos, the plans suggest a full-size dining area, a living area, and a breakfast bar can be crammed into less than 400 square feet. Well, that's not exactly true, is it?
When in the preliminary planning of our space, I eliminated the "dining room" portion of our living area. I thought it more important to max-out our cozy-space, rather than eke out a portion as dedicated dining. We do far more lounging than we do eating, after all, so that made sense.
But a little Craigslisting changed all that - I found (for a measly $25) a fantastic marble-topped bistro table. It's plenty large enough for the two of us to dine, but small enough to leave plenty of living room. It's also a great place to lay out appetizers at a party or sit to do a bit of computing. I'm glad this option presented itself. I think I'd be annoyed if I had to mount a stool and saddle up to the counter every time I needed a stable surface. If you live in a small space, consider making room for dining. Even if your table is the size of a placemat, I think you'll be happy you have it.