13 small kitchen diner ideas for a stylish but restricted eating space

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A small but perfectly formed kitchen diner can still add style to your space (Image credit: Mylands)

Squeezing a dining area into a compact kitchen can seem challenging when more practical matters such as storage need to take precedence. But with some clever kitchen design approaches and a mindset for maximising the available space, small kitchen diner design ideas can still allow you to cook and eat in harmony.

From simple design tricks to storage solutions, there are ways of making even the most petit of kitchens work hard. We're here to show you how.

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Sophie Hartley

Sophie Hartley is a kitchen designer at bespoke kitchen brand Tom Howley, having joined in 2017. With over 12 years’ experience in the kitchen design industry, Sophie is based at the Tunbridge Wells showroom, and has worked on residential and commercial projects throughout her career. 

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Tom Howley

In 2004, Tom Howley set up his eponymous luxury kitchen company which designs, manufactures, and installs exquisite bespoke kitchens, all made in England from the finest materials. Each entirely unique kitchen is designed around the lifestyle of a client, with their choice of styles, materials, colours, and appliances, creating practical solutions in aesthetically beautiful rooms. 


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Mara Rypacek Miller

Mara Rypacek Miller founded Industville over a decade ago. A natural entrepreneur as well as designer, Industville was born to fill a gap in the market place for unique industrial vintage reproduction lighting and furniture

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Wayne Spriggs

Wayne Spriggs is the CEO and founder of Lusso and a high end property developer and investor. As well as being CEO and founder, Wayne is the brand’s lead designer, overseeing all stages from initial concept to design, through to flawlessly finished products and collections.

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Sarah is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Assistant Editor and joined the team in 2024. An established homes and interiors writer, Sarah has renovated and extended a number of properties, including a listing building and renovation project that featured on Grand Designs. Although she said she would never buy a listed property again, she has recently purchased a Grade II listed apartment. As it had already been professionally renovated, she has instead set her sights on tackling some changes to improve the building’s energy efficiency, as well as adding some personal touches to the interior.