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Designing Your Ideal Dining Room Layout: Dos and Don’ts

Designing Your Ideal Dining Room Layout: Dos and Don’ts

The dining room is one of the most important spaces in the home, where families congregate for meals, conversations, and laughter. A well-designed dining room should offer functionality, comfort, and visual appeal.

However, designing the perfect dining room layout can create challenges, especially if you don’t know where to start. Here are some practical dos and don’ts to consider when designing your ideal dining room layout.

Do Consider the Size of Your Dining Room

The first thing you need to consider when designing your dining room layout is the room’s size. Measure the space and determine the optimal dining table, chairs, and furniture layout.

Choose furniture that is proportionate to the size of your room. Consider a round table instead of a rectangular table for dining rooms that are square-shaped. Consider one of our 36x48 tables that seat four people comfortably and can self-store two leaves to expand to 36x72 (seating six to eight people) when hosting the family in a small dining space. The options are endless for large spaces and open floor plans! We build tables that can expand with leaves to accommodate 16-20 people.

Don’t Forget About Lighting

Lighting is an important aspect of any dining room layout. Make sure your dining area is well-lit to create an inviting atmosphere.

Consider installing a dimmer switch to adjust the lighting in the room to suit different occasions. Hang a chandelier or pendant light fixture above the table to create a focal point and add a touch of elegance to the room.

Do Choose the Right Dining Table Set

The dining table and chairs are the centerpiece of your dining room. Choose a dining table that fits the shape and size of your room and your decor style. Flooring also plays a part. In spaces with wood plank floors, having some contrast is important. The subtle grain of Maple wood or a painted base on the table contrast nicely if the floor features a prominent wood grain.

Our Amish table styles are classics. Adding a medium to dark stain will add elegance to your space, especially if you choose a pedestal table with some style. Go with a simple style in a light wood stain, maybe with a painted base, for a modern farmhouse appeal. You can’t go wrong with a stunning Live Edge walnut slab with a handcrafted metal base for a sleek, modern design. Ensure your dining chairs are comfortable and functional. Upholstered chairs add comfort and texture to the room, while wooden chairs offer durability and class. Our wooden chairs feature steam bent slats in the back for support and comfort.

Don’t Forget About Storage

Many homeowners overlook their storage needs when designing a dining room layout. However, having adequate storage in your dining room is essential to keep the space organized.

Consider adding a buffet table, sideboard, or hutch to store your dinnerware, linens, and other dining room essentials. The storage pieces should be proportionate to the size of your dining room and match your decor style. We can customize any hutch or buffet to match your table, including wood, color, and any distressing or beveled edge of your tabletop. Add wine storage, lights, pullout serving trays, or silverware inserts to fully optimize the way you gather.

Do Accessorize Your Dining Room

Finally, accessorize your dining room to add personality and style. Add a centerpiece to your dining table, such as a vase of fresh flowers or a fruit bowl.

Place a rug under the dining table to anchor the space and add texture. Hang a piece of artwork or a mirror on the wall to create interest and reflect natural light.

Designing your ideal dining room layout can feel overwhelming, but don’t let the process dampen your creativity. At Dutch Craft Furniture, we offer beautiful Amish dining tables that add a classic, sophisticated ambiance to your dining room area. Contact us today if you have questions about our furniture.