Whether it’s a part of your kitchen or a separate room, reserve this area for eating. Keep it minimal and functional with:
- A table and chairs appropriate for the size of your family.
- A cabinet, cupboard or other furniture for dishes, silverware, serving pieces and linens. Ideally, this should have space/surface that can also hold hot or cold food.
- Proper lighting — chandelier, lamp or other source of lighting.
5 Tips for a functional dining room
- Resist the urge to use your dining room table as a catch-all. Clear off dishes and cups as well as the bits and pieces from unfinished projects, homework, artwork and the like.
- Don’t get squeezed out of your dining room by stuff. Edit the amount of plates, dishes, glasses and flatware that you own. Do you really use them all? Put matching flatware and glasses together. Donate the pieces you no longer like or use and discard chipped or damaged pieces.
- Place the things that you use on a daily basis within easy reach. Store the ones you use the least on higher or lower shelves and towards the back of the cabinet or cupboard.
- Designate a drawer or shelf for tablecloths linens and napkins. This makes them easy to find and retrieve.
- For heaven’s sake, keep the television, CD player, gaming system and other distractions out of the dining room. Use the time you spend in there to fully interact with your family and friends.