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Small can blend in. When your space is truly small, it is vital for every piece of furniture to do double (or triple) duty. A round table and Louis-style chairs can be tucked against the wall for solo meals and reading or working on a laptop, then pulled into the center of the room to squeeze in a few extra friends.
Small can be versatile. A drop-leaf table can work for two in the setup shown here but fits many more when fully extended. To really save space, it can even be pushed flush against the wall when not needed and used as a sideboard with a bar tray on top.
Small can be comfy. Often, an upholstered bench does not take up any more room than a pair of chairs, yet feels much more comfortable during leisurely meals and mornings with coffee and the newspaper. Smaller chairs (like the bentwood ones used here) can fill in the other side without taking up much space.