The best thing about benches is when you're hosting a play date, way more kids can fit around the table than with standard chairs. Plus, this one offers bonus storage underneath. Click through for more on this and other small space seating tricks.
Often considered a design no-no in other rooms, placing furniture against the wall frees up space for walking in this narrow dining area. Folding chairs stored neatly on the opposite wall can easily be grabbed when company arrives. Click through for more genius ways to maximize small spaces (perfect for apartment style!).