I have a small kitchen, and in addition to the usual appliances and cupboards, etc., I have a desk for my computer and a tv smaller than my computer.
A lot of the space is taken up with a couple of largish rolling chairs. I did have three, but one broke and I haven't replaced it (from the
dump local re-use centre) because I'm liking the lack of crowdedness.
Why, since I live alone, do I have two or three wheeled chairs? I have cats. Cat-owners will understand. I get up from the computer to get a drink and a cat immediately occupies the warm seat. So I roll it away from the computer and roll up a fresh one.
I don't have much use for a table. I eat at the computer/tv - I know, I know, but screw it.
But kitchens have tables. I have always had one. And it occupied a lot of precious space. A year or two ago I got one with two folding leaves that reduced to 36 by 23, and that was pretty good. It opened to 36 x 36
But then friends had a really remarkable table they'd replaced and I could have. When it's folded up, it measures by 34 x 13.
When my daughter comes over for dinner, I can pull up the top-to-floor leaf on one side
and come up with a good-sized table - 37 x 34.
And every once in a while I have half a dozen or so people, and pulling up two leaves makes a big enough table for them.
Four folding chairs are stowed in middle section.
Of course it has its flaws. A friend who works in the furniture business says that when his company used to carry it, it was known as the-piece-of-shit model. The top isn't too secure on the middle, and the swing-out legs to hold the big leaves are also not too secure. If I get ambitious I might add some kind of additional leg on either side.
But in the meantime, I'm enjoying a sense of uncluttered spaciousness - a rare thing in my house. Though the large dog does take up much of that floor space...