What would you think about a dining room that could be used 365 days of the year rather than just on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the odd birthday?
No, I am not suggesting that you serve your family in the dining room every night (gasp!), but rather you consider options for the space other than dining.
A Room With a Big Table
The first step in the transformation is to remove the DR label and view the space as a room with a big table. It could be a crafts room, game room, wrapping center, home office, conference room, or library.
With good storage, appropriate lighting, and comfortable seating, any dining room can assume multiple functions.
Storage is the most important component in the role change. Most dining rooms are visible from the front hall, so you want to store your projects when not in use. Adequate storage also means that you can quickly and easily convert the room back to dining. Choose closed cabinets or sideboards that complement your dining room decor.
Adjusting the lighting is as simple as installing a dimmer on the chandelier. A beautiful standing lamp in the corner or lamp on a sideboard works too. For office use, make sure you have sufficient electrical outlets.
Comfortable seating should be de rigueur for any purpose, but especially if you use the DR for an office or conference room.
One of my favorite options is the dining room as library. This switch is super easy and elegant.
- Install book shelves on one or two walls
- Place a comfy wingback chair at the end of the table
- Adjust the lighting
- Replace the centerpiece with a book themed tablescape
A Bigger House
Voila! You have just added an extra room to your home without any construction!
How can you expand your dining room’s functionality?