How to design your dining room to suit more than one purpose

Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018

Long gone are the days where you used your dining room only at meal times. Modern life means that more and more people are choosing to design their dining room to suit a variety of purposes such as a home office, a reading room, or an extra living space for the family.

If you still want to make dinner parties part of your life, you will not want to sacrifice the space completely, but with a little imagination, you can transform it into a dual-purpose room that allows you to use it even on quieter evenings.

Add modular storage

Modern dining rooms can make use of discreet modular storage that allow you to make the most of the available space. Shelves behind sliding doors are a neat idea, especially for those that want to turn their dining room into an extra living space. Shelve your books, add a comfortable sofa and on days you are not entertaining, open up the doors and enjoy your very own library.

Divide up the room

Stick to the current interior design trends with a plant divider that will not just bring the outside in but keep living and dining areas separate. These are indoor vertical gardens that, when taken care of, can grow instantly to create a visual impact. They also help to clean the air by balancing humidity and removing impurities.

Utilise mirrors

If your dining room is smaller the best tip we can give you is to make use of large mirrors. These will extend the space by bringing more natural light into the room, something that is incredibly important when you are doubling up the purpose of your dining room. 

Fill a corner

A corner desk can provide you with just the right amount of room you need to do your online browsing and pay your bills. It uses the space more efficiently than a more substantial rectangular desk would, especially if you go for one that can close up like an evening cabinet. This way, you can make a smooth transition from an office to a dining room and back again.