While the days of formal dining may be dwindling, most of us still have a dining room complete with a table and a set number of chairs. While eat-in kitchens are becoming more popular in homes these days, dining room sets are left to sit alone for the majority of the year, at least until the holiday season rolls around.
A great way to utilize dining room space and furniture is to turn your dining room into your office. By keeping the dining room table and one chair at the table you’ve created a makeshift desk for yourself. This is quite the simple fix, because when the holidays or special occasions arise, all you have to do is return the rest of the chairs to the table, and you have a dining room table once more.
Another great use for a dining room table is to turn it into a space for your kids. It may get scratched up, and suffer the occasional crayon or marker blemish, but your kids will love having a space to get creative. Bonus, when a crowd gathers for a dinner party, you can cover it with a table cloth and no one will be the wiser. If you’re investing in a new dining room set, this can be a great use for your old table.
Depending on the size, shape and value that you place upon your existing dining room furniture, it could be perfect for an outdoor dining area. You may want to outfit your table with an umbrella, or keep it in a covered area, but it can be done.
Looking for a table that offers storage space beneath the table top, could be a great way to incorporate more flexibility in your living space. Shelving underneath could be a great space to store electronics if you intend to use the table as a media center. It could also help if you use your dining room table as a desk for the majority of the time, you could keep everything you need, including a laptop, files or folders, etc.
You can also push your table into the corner of your kitchen or dining room, to make room for other uses. A dining room can function as a complete other room within your home, so a dining room table may be better suited for the kitchen, turning your kitchen into an eat in kitchen.
If you’re currently shopping for a dining room table that will offer you the flexibility that you need, looking for a smaller bistro like table could be a great solution to making your kitchen a more flexible space.
If you’re in the market for a new table to use as your dining room table, there are many options that you can choose from and incorporate into your home. Perhaps a table with benches is better suited to your needs, or a small square table with only four chairs. The need for a complete formal dining room is something that is starting to be outdated.