With the holidays fast approaching, city apartment dwellers face their annual quandary of how to host guests for drinks, dinner, or – gulp! – a weekend visit.
Without the luxury of a formal dining room, how are we to feed hungry hordes of friends and relatives in a comfortable environment? The trick is to adapt the environment to your needs with furniture that folds, expands, collapses, extends or otherwise transforms even the tiniest space into a mini banquet hall.
Without an area specifically dedicated for dining, you’ll need to get creative when expecting a crowd. In cases like these, a coffee table that converts to a dining table is a godsend. The Grand is a transforming table with a metal base and hidden wheels, featuring one self-storing – plus three separately stored — extension leaves that allow this coffee table to seat a large dinner party.
The Goliath extending console table will impress your guests even if they aren’t staying for supper. Its unique telescoping mechanism allows it to glide open smoothly to the exact size you need; use one or all five of its additional leaves to accommodate up to ten guests!
Is your apartment so small that you have no spot for either a console or coffee table, much less a dining table? No need to feel constricted! Instead, make use of your walls. The Vengio transforming table is a space-saving superstar, living a double life as a wall-mounted mirror before folding down to reveal a dining table or writing desk. When not in use, the mirror works to reflect existing light and create the illusion of a larger room. Pull it down and the illusion becomes a reality: space to enjoy an intimate meal with a few friends.
Like the Vengio, the Wally converts from a closed, upright position to a table function with the lightest touch and is available with interior storage options.
Folding chairs are always the fallback option; our Pocket Chairs are a popular choice for their compact, classic design – they fold to a depth of just ¾” – and the Arc Chair features a mechanism that engages the backrest directly over the rear legs to lock the chair in place for convenient storage.
The clever Cubista is an ottoman whose sides can be removed and attached to one of four bases that nest inside. Each stool has a comfortable padded seat and is the perfect dining and desk height.
For bigger get-togethers, you’ll need a Toda bench. Comprised of birch and eco-leather seats, the Toda bench conceals extra seats within – enough to sit up to seven people! It’s ideal for creating additional room at large dinner parties – the perfect complement to the Goliath.
With a little attention to detail, you can throw a bash that’s big on entertainment value even if it’s in a small space.