Oh, the things you’d do for a formal dining room…or if we’re being real, the things you’d do for a dining room that isn’t a TV tray. Small space dwellers, we feel you—and we’re here to help. The key to maximizing your petite pad lies simply in picking decor that does double, triple, even quadruple duty. Here, 12 bright ideas for the square footage challenged.

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A Skirted Console

Elegant cloth skirting hides all kinds of eyesores, from electrical cords to pantry goods to towers of Tupperware. Pick a shallow number so your banquet/TV station/whatevertheheckyawant protrudes minimally from the wall.

Ballard Designs, $249

An Ottoman Coffee Table

This guy might be the single most versatile piece of furniture you’ll ever own—a high-style coffee table, comfy extra seating in a pinch or, ya know, an ottoman for sitting back and kicking your feet up.

Tracey Boyd for SONDER LIVING, $837

An Armless Sofa

The absolute easiest way to save yourself a few inches? Slice the armrests off the sofa (and load up on fun throw pillows instead).

Cisco, from $2,077

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Bench Seating for the Dining Room

The best part about benches? How many folks you can fit on ‘em. (That and the fact that they have zero footprint when tucked beneath the dining table.)

Jayson Home, $695

A Wall Mount Vanity

Don’t waste floor space on a beauty station when a hanging shelf/mirror combo provides the same function (and looks just as gorgeous).  

Fern Living for HORNE, $350

A Double Whammy Desk

You know how we feel about matte black—and this discreet leaning work station (with ample book storage up top) is an apartment dweller’s dream.

Crate & Barrel, $179

Stools As Side Tables

Voilà, easy overflow seating when you need it.

Zara Home, $169

A Narrow Highboy

A tall, skinny dresser with rounded edges offers maximum clothing storage with minimal footage sacrificed.

West Elm, $899

A Mini Island

You don’t actually need to renovate to get a custom island look—just splurge on a small free stander. Given it’s a triple function (prep space, storage and dining in one), we think it’s a sound investment.

Jeffrey Alexander, $2,198

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A Floating Nightstand

To free up space in a bedside pass, mount a wall shelf in lieu of a table. (This genius number is half ledge, half storage basket.)

TRNK, $108

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Mobile Accent Chairs

Think lightweight, compact and easy to tuck away when it comes to living room seating.

The Citizenry, $675

A Slim Garment Rack

Grand old antique armoire? Sigh. Maybe one day.

CB2, $299

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