In this day and age of simple sophistication and modern upgrades, large eat-in kitchens are a common theme for many homes. One of the perks to an oversized kitchen is they allow family-style dining tables – where more truly is merrier. This often leaves homeowners with an extra, less used room: the formal dining room.
While some opt to make this room into the formal dining area, many homeowners are using the extra space in a variety of different ways. If you’re looking to make the most of your space, and aren’t interested in a formal dining area, we’ve got 4 great options for you.
One of the easiest ways to repurpose a dining room is to turn it into an office. It’s especially handy for those who work from home, and it allows homeowners to keep bedrooms for sleeping while still creating a great (and separate) work area. If you’re starting out with an already furnished dining room, many savvy homeowners will simply convert the table into a desk. Remove the excess chairs, add a computer and necessary office supplies, and you’ve got an out-of-the-box office!
If you’re a bookworm, then this is the upgrade for you. Add bookshelves, a comfy reading chair and side table with lamp, and you’ve got your own hideaway for savoring story. A plush rug and DIY built-in shelves go a long way to removing any lingering notions of dining in this reading room.
If you’ve got little ones, but no extra or bonus room for a play area, consider creating your own. Add cubbies for storage, bins for toys and games, and set out to make a playtime oasis for your kids. Pinterest has a lot of great ideas on this front; so don’t be afraid to get creative!
If you’re a musical family, why not turn your dining room into a functional space? Bring in a piano, guitars, and/or drums. Set up the room with a few chairs for listening, a storage area for extra instruments and music books, and don’t be afraid to invite friends over for a night of musical fun!
There are so many ways you can change your dining room from a formal area used only on special occasions to a room the family can enjoy every day. Let yourself think outside of the norm, and ask yourself what you would do with a room if you could do anything. Chances are, you already know just what you’re looking for!
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