Measuring the interior in the first place will ‘help’ you manage the most appropriate proportion, especially between the whole interior and the dining area. This is also useful to find the fittest dinette set, so that the scale will be perfect.
First, do the interior measuring
The size of the room MUST be known earlier than any other thing, including the size of each piece of the dining set that you want to buy. The measurement of the room as a whole will make it quicker and easier for you, as the designer, to provide an alcove, the space for the dining area.
But, something to realize is that you can still set it up in your small-sized kitchen. I am going tell you how: