Post # 1
Hello Hive! I need some help figuring out what to do with my huge dining room. Our dining area occupies about half of the room and currently the other half has a pile of wedding stuff that we need to figure out where to put…
I’ve been thinking of turning the other half of the room into a sitting type area. We already have a living room with two couches, so I don’t want to put another couch in this room. I am trying to do this on a budget.
I very quickly photoshopped a mock up of what the room would look like with the furniture pieces I’ve found.
What do you think?
Here’s the space in question:
Here are my photoshops:
Post # 3
I would put a bar, even though we don’t drink that much, but just for show, where I can display all my pretty glasses, shot glasses, martini glasses, wine, etc.. Not like am island bar.. But more of a shelving type of bar.. What i would also do is put up a bookcase for cookbooks and put other decorations in it as well.. A few pictures or even a nice iron cast pot or something.. Mason jars with flowers.. Candles.. A nice rug to bring it all together and add warmth and thats it.. Wouldn’t want it too crowded.. 🙂
Post # 4
It looks pretty but I think you need something else. Maybe like a buffet/server table on the wall on the right. You can use it for storage but also dress up the top, and put some artwork above it. I think that might complete the room.
Post # 5
Is the table and chairs centered in the room? Hard to tell from the pictures, but if the room is so large, you need larger pieces to fill it up~buffet/server/storage hutch,large pieces of art (has more impact than several small pieces but a larger grouping could also work)~plants will soften hard edges, drapes/curtains extended beyond the window frames will also help fill in some dead space.
Do you have a picture from farther away showing the room in its entirety?
Post # 6
The chairs look sort of lost in all of that space. If you want seating how about a settee/loveseat with a cocktail table? Do you already have a buffet/sideboard? On of those with a large mirror or piece of art would be perfect for a large room and also provide extra storage. How big is your dining table-I can’t tell if it is a square that seats 4 or a larger rectangle? If it is a rectangle, have you tried turning it? If it is a square, you might want to eventually get a larger table that fits the room better.
Post # 7
i would definitely put in a big buffet and a couple of large pieces of artwork.
Post # 8
@Bostongrl25: I would like to get a buffet for our fancy china and serve ware. I didn’t put it in the picture.
@ItWasntMe: No the table and chairs aren’t centered with the room. They are centered with the two windows. There is one window parallel to the huge back wall and another perpendicular to it. Maybe this crude drawing will help you understand the lay of the room.
@cakegal: In trying to cut costs, I thought two chairs would be cheaper than a loveseat. Plus we already have a couch and loveseat, and I don’t want to accumulate too many large furniture pieces (we are just renting right now).
The table is rectangular with four chairs. We could probably fit two more chairs at the table. We haven’t tried rotating the table. I am afraid that the room will swallow the table. We really like how the table fits between the two windows.
Post # 9
My idea is really dependent on where the doors to this room are. It helps when deciding on furniture placement to mark the doors, and draw a line to show where the traffic flow will be.
Do you have any leaves for this table? If so dig them out and use them, as part of the problem is that the table as shown, is too small for the room. If you don’t, and need to use the table as is, I would vote for your plan, or place a large piece of heavy plywood on top of your table and cover it with a floor length cloth to do my idea.
If not in the way of the door,I would turn the table the other way and either build an upholstered bench seat, or purchase a sofa the right height to use for seating on the longer wall with no windows. I would use a huge piece of art above that bench or sofa.
That would free up your chairs to use on the ends and other side of the table.
Then see what space is left after you leave room for the traffic flow. A sideboard, china cabinet etc have all been mentioned.
Post # 10
Is this better?
The dining room is open to the kitchen, but not really to the living room. When I am cooking, I have no idea what’s going on elsewhere in the house. It is not a very open layout.
Post # 11
Thanks for the drawing with the traffic patterns shown.
I would either turn the table the other way as I suggested above, or place a desk or work station where you have the two chairs shown. I just don’t see anyone ever sitting in those chairs in that location.
The only other alternative I see is to move the table away from the windows and place a couple of chairs, a small table and a lamp by the window for a nice reading area. Guests would also be able to sit there, have a glass of wine and visit with you while you cook.
Post # 12
I don’t have much advice for you but I’m loving all your drawings and mock-ups! I actually have a similar space that I have no idea what to do with, so your post is helping me as well!
My room is also next to the kitchen and it was originally 2 little rooms, a library and a dining room(?) I’m not exactly sure because all I can go from was the original floorplans and there has been 2 other owners, not including us since then.
Right now that room is collecting boxes and my husband’s ancient TV and misc furniture from his bachelor days. So basically, it’s a room full of junk. I’d really like to see what you end up doing with the place! By The Way, I’m loving your chairs!
I forgot to mention that the only thing we have in there that’s definitely staying is the dining room table! So it’s basically a LOT like your space just flipped the other way.
Post # 13
hmm.. I LOVE the roof on that place.. All im really thinking is that you need color to the wall. Metallic paint (silver) maybe.. I I think that will make a massive difference and can work with your existing furniture, your cute table. Also.. the things I would change also is your light fitting, light fittings makes a world of difference!!!! I would invest in some nice feature lighting and would get rid of the curtains and install some really nice blinds, a pull down sort rather so the light shimmers through but still gives you privacy 🙂