Here at the Wooden Furniture Store we appreciate that the traditional British dining room has been having an identity crisis. No longer is it the place for serving up meals three times a day like thirty years ago – now it plays host to hobbies, homework, office work and predictably, storage.
Read our planning, decorating and storage tips and our pick of the best furniture to help you maximise your available dining space, and to help we’re offering a 10% discount on all our wooden dining room furniture until the 1st April.
Set the mood for your dining room
Rather than picking colours and furnishings at random, begin the process with our new favourite visual website – Pinterest!
We’re on Pinterest and in addition to our images, you’ll find thousands of inspirational ideas to help you decide on the ‘feel’ of the room. You can collect your own pictures on a mood board to help you decide on colour, decoration and furniture – share them with us, or pin our furniture onto your boards!
The actual room space….
Consider whether your dining room will be used solely for entertaining or whether it will double up as a study/office or play space. If it has a dual function, keep focus firmly on the dining.
House computer workstations within discreet storage systems or behind a contemporary screen and be utterly ruthless with paperwork. Why not look at our Shiro Walnut or Aston Oak hidden home office units? Cut down toy collections and pile them into matching baskets or our Nutkins toy chest.
All the action happens at the table so it needs to be the focal point of the room. The key decider here is size. If you love entertaining you’ll want maximum the number of seats but your table mustn’t be so big that your guests can’t push their chairs back.
Why not look at Aston Oak dining tables that come in two sizes. Either a four or a six seater. And a great new modern idea for seating is the oak bench from our premium Atlas range.
Inadequate storage is a classic dining room dilemma. It’s easy to underestimate the capacity you’ll need for glassware, cutlery and linen, so if in doubt, go large. The traditional sideboard not only offers up tons of space but a handy surface for your iPod speakers, flowers and candles.
Two of our most contemporary designs are dining room storage are the Mayan Walnut six drawer sideboard. And the beautiful Atlas glazed door cabinet (pictured above)
Dining rooms are often night-time rooms so it’s important to create an atmospheric feel. Low-hanging pendants or a chandelier add to intimacy, particularly if the table and any sideboards are scattered with candles. Dimmer switches are essential, particularly if you’ll be using your dining room for homework or office work.
The Wooden Furniture Stores top tips for dining rooms
Try using Pinterest for inspiration
When you’re planning your dining room – do not underestimate the storage that you’ll need
You can never have too much
There is no rule that says dining room furniture should match
Mismatched dining chairs or a bench can look great
If your dining room is under-used keep fresh flowers on the table. Their scent will give the room a lived in feel.
And finally, to celebrate dining rooms we are offering a 10% discount on our range from 16th March to 1st April.
We hope that you all enjoy a great family Easter, and Happy dining!