A kitchen is among the busiest rooms in a house. In a small kitchen, it is important to choose furniture, and a layout, that makes the most of limited space.
An island with room enough for four to six stools eliminates the need for a table and chairs. Some islands are designed to store stools underneath, which saves floor space when seating is not needed.
A small dining area can be created in a corner or against a wall. By placing the table up against the wall(s) and using backless chairs which store away under the tabletop, floor space is kept open. A folding table hinged to a wall can be lowered when the table is not needed. Small stools or cube chairs can be used for seating.
Round tables typically require less floor space than oval- and rectangular- shaped tables seating the same number of people.
A single bench pushed up to a table can take the place of two or three chairs and can be pushed underneath, and out of the way, when seating is not required.